National Institute of Open Schooling or National Open School was established in the year 1989. It is an autonomous organization working under the Central Government of India and governed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
NIOS is a government run entity offering a number of solutions. Vocational, life enrichment, community oriented courses, elementary level courses are run under the Open Basic Education Programmes. This is an operational body holding authorization to examine and certify registered learners to receive pre-degree level courses be it academic, technical or vocational.
NIOS works towards the motto of sustainable inclusive learning with the universal and easy access to the quality school education towards skill development. For which they work by providing relevant, continuing and holistic education and pre-degree level through open and distance learning system. They also help in universalization of school education, catering to the needs of target groups, provide equality in education and social justice.