Under it, the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) will provide free skill training to about 12,000 girls studying in different schools in Bihar. The seven courses, which have prepared for the training, include gram sakhi, jute production, cutting and tailoring, early childhood care and education, basic technology and beauty culture. This scheme will be implemented through Maktabs, Madarsas and Darul-uloom,
Under this scheme, NIOS has made provisions for providing concessions related to infrastructure, fee as well as number of students at study centres.
The most significant aspect of this scheme is the provision of relaxation of norms for accreditation for traditional educationally backward institutions especially Madarsas and Maktabs. It is envisaged that the skill training of the girls will help them in their future areas of work. NIOS will provide them free course material under this programme.
The scheme for providing free education to Scheduled Castes (SC)/Scheduled Tribes (ST) learners through NIOS will also be inaugurated.
NIOS as per government policy has been giving fee concession to SC/ST learners. Now, the Government of Bihar has taken the decision to give total freeship to SC/ST learners of Bihar, both girls and boys.
The funds of Government of India (Under SSA through NGEPEL), Government of Bihar, Bihar Education Project will be utilized for this purpose.
This initiative will vastly improve their access to school level education being provided by NIOS and will open the path for all other governments also to take up this initiative with NIOS.
The Minister will also inaugurate the extended facility for on line admissions are being conducted through the Ni-on project of NIOS from this academic session. Students from far-flung areas of the country will be able to have greater education access through this scheme.
It is hoped that these programmes will help the traditional backward communities to take benefit of the programmes of NIOS. he ceremony will be presided over by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Several dignitaries including M A A Fatmi, Minister of State (SEL), Hari Narayan Singh, Education Minister Government of Bihar as well as representatives from grass root level organizations such as Imarat-e-Sharia and Rahmani Foundation are expected to participate.