To make the application process for Class 10 and Class 12 students easy and convenient, NIOS has started services at 7,472 common service centres in all 38 districts of Bihar. Linking the common man with the Digital India and Skill India programme, the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has taken this step. Another reason behind the set-up is that the students in far off areas can pursue education along with earning livelihood through small time jobs in villages with the help of NIOS.
The centres have been named “Vasudha Kendras.” The students can avail all the facilities of NIOS on payment of a token money. From registration to the filling of the application form to the payment of the examination fee all services will be provided under one roof, thereby, eradicating the problem of running to Cyber Café or coming all over to Delhi to fill in the form so that one year doesn’t go in vain.
The service centres are located near respective villages and panchayats. The service centres have been established with intent to protect the students from middlemen and the centres will provide facilities for getting a copy of exam results and admit cards.
NIOS is “Open School” to cater to the needs of a heterogeneous group of learners up to pre-degree level. NIOS, earlier known as the National Open School, (name changed in 2002) is the board of education under the Union Government of India. It was established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) in 1989 to provide education in remote areas under the motive to increase literacy and aimed at flexible learning.