Shillong, May 30, 2023: A MoU for identification of Out of School Children (OoSC) and enrolling them into the NIOS Study Centres, was signed between the State Education Mission Authority of Meghalaya, Samagra Shiksha, Education Department, Government of Meghalaya and National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) on 27th May, 2023 at the State Convention Centre, Shillong.
Director of School Education & Literacy (DSEL) and State Project Director, SEMAM, Samagra Shiksha, Shri Swapnil Tembe and Chairperson NIOS, Prof. Saroj Sharma were present on the occasion.
It may be mentioned that at present Meghalaya has only 25 NIOS Study centres covering 5 Districts namely; East Khasi Hills, West Jaintia Hills, Ri-Bhoi, East Garo Hills and West Garo Hills districts. The State Project office had also requested the NIOS to increase the number of NIOS study centres in the State in order to cover the remaining districts as well.
The State Project office had already taken up the initiative for wide publicity through newspapers, FM Radio and organised Road Show awareness campaign with the Station Head, 93.5 Red FM on OoSC, to facilitate and support OoSC in the age group of 16-19 years upto class XII to enroll through NIOS in East Jaintia Hills and Ri-Bhoi districts and similar programmes will be taken up in the remaining districts to spread awareness on NIOS platform, as most OoSC are not aware of this facility.