In a move that could be a boon to school dropouts in Tamil Nadu, the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is set to get its self-learning study material for secondary-level translated into Tamil.
Speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of the new regional centre of NIOS on the Lady Wellington campus, here, on Saturday, P Ravi, regional director of NIOS, Chennai, said efforts to get the study material translated into Tamil were in the final stages. “This is going to be a boon for school dropouts. NIOS gives students the flexibility to complete their schooling in subjects of their choice and at their own pace,” he said.
The event also marked the setting up of the On-Demand Examination in Chennai. Under the system, examinations would be conducted in various subjects thrice a week at the regional centre.
“Since Chennai did not have regional centre, students from Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry had to go all the way to regional centre in Kochi to write the exams. This will change with the inauguration of the new regional centre here,” he said.
He said that owing to various reasons including the absence of a regional centre in the State, the enrolment of students in Tamil Nadu into the NIOS was low. The enrolment for the examinations in April is 1,300 while in States like Kerala it is between 20,000-25,000. Students who are looking at alternative subjects and more flexibility in learning options must make the best of the opportunity, he added.