Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal recently stated that the National Institute for Open Schooling (NIOS) needs to introduce reforms to its examination process to improve it so that the institute’s integrity cannot be called into question.
He spoke about introducing reforms into NIOS while attending a review meeting with the open school officials. School education secretary Anita Karwal also attended the meeting.
The Ministry of Education issued a statement following the review meeting stating: “During the meeting, the minister discussed strengthening the review mechanism. He said that if we discover irregularities within the institution, we should crack down on the perpetrator. “
The statement added, “He instructed officials at the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) that if they received a complaint against NIOS exam centers, they should resolve the complaint as soon as possible.”
The official statement reads: “It has been proposed to create a dashboard with detailed information and contacts of all centers across the country. It will contain all information and suggestions from stakeholders so that the transparency in the system is increased. “
“The minister also reviewed the work of NIOS during the Covid-19 crisis. NIOS officials informed him that they have four channels for their students, two of which are for upper secondary and upper secondary, ”the ministry said.
“The NIOS officials also said they are now providing their students with six hours of fresh content every day, including the weekends that were just two hours before the Covid-19 crisis,” the statement added.