Maharashtra state Board of Secondary The Framework The National Institute of Open Schooling (MSOS), which has emerged as the largest Open Schooling system in the world, has a pivotal role to play in the promotion and development of Open Schooling in the country. However, it is not possible for MSOS alone to cater to the needs of all regions of our multilingual and multicultural country (India). The Open Schooling system is required to be promoted and strengthened in all the States of the country to “reach the unreached”. MSOS has, therefore, been pursuing the State Education Departments to set up State Open Schools (SOSs). The MSOS has been providing professional and technical support services to States to set up State Open Schools to cater to the educational requirements of the clientele/students. With a view to systematize interaction and mutual consultation among the Open Schools at the national level (MSOS) and at State level (SOSs), it was considered appropriate to establish a Consortium of Open Schools. The National Consortium for Open Schooling (MSOS) was launched in September 1997, with a view to facilitating better cooperation, coordination, collaboration and determining standards in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system at school education level in the country. The Secretariat of NCOS is located in MSOS. In order to meet the educational challenges, the Framework of MSOS has been modified by including its Vision, Mission, Constitution, and Perspective. The main objectives of the MSOS are as follows: To promote setting up of State Open Schools (SOSs) in the States by providing professional, technical and academic support services to the State Education Departments. To promote advocacy for Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and upscaling of the Open Schooling Programme in India. To facilitate networking and establish collaboration among Open Schools in India by sharing of resources, expertise and experiences in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) at the school level. To determine standards of the Open and Distance Learning system at the school stage to ensure pace setting in programmes and activities of Open Schools. To assist the State Open Schools (SOSs) in designing need-based specific curriculum and self-instructional material in the regional languages. To maintain a database of the Open Schooling Programme. To promote research in Open Schooling in India. To assist in the capacity building of personnel working in Open Schools. To coordinate with international agencies. Vision of MSOS The National Consortium for Open Schooling (MSOS) shall strive to facilitate coordination among Open Schools in India and sharing of resources through collaborative networking for access to sustainable school education, skil up-gradationn and training to all through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode of education. Mission of NCOS To strive for the coordinated development of learner-centric open schooling (OS) system and to ensure high quality of school education, meet challenges of access and equity to reach the un-reached, the National Consortium for Open Schooling (NCOS) shall: Promote setting up of State Open Schools by providing resource support (advocacy, consultancy etc.) to the State Education Departments. Establish smooth coordination and collaboration among Open Schools by sharing of expertise, ideas, information and experience in Open Schooling. Provide financial support and academic guidelines to the State Open Schools (SOSs). Determine standards of the Open and Distance Learning system at the school level and a mechanism for pace-setting in the country. Encourage the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Open Schooling programmes and provide opportunities for sharing technological resources and competencies through inter-Open Schools partnership/consortia. Promote research and innovations in Open Schooling. Facilitate capacity building of Open Schooling functionaries. Creating databases of the State Open Schools and functionaries associated with the Open Schooling system. Meetings of MSOS The Convener shall issue notices for convening meetings of the Executive Board and the General Body of MSOS. The Convener shall be responsible for ensuring that a clear and accurate record of the official business of MSOS is prepared and maintained, including minutes of meetings of the General Body and Executive Board. Additionally, the Convener shall be responsible for overseeing the preservation of all records of the MSOS. General Body of MSOS The General Body of N comprises of the Chairpersons of all Open Schools in India Chairman NCOS: Prof. Chandra Bhushan Sharm a,Chairman NIOS Members : As per the Constitution of MSOS, the Chairpersons of SOSs are the members of the General Body of MSOS The General Body of MSOS will suggest the lines on which cooperation, coordination, and networking among Open Schools may take place for promotion and upscaling of Open Schooling programme in the country. Executive Board of MSOS Chairperson: Prof. Chandra Bhushan Sharma, Chairman, MSOS Member Secretary: Sh. C. Dharuman, Secretary, MSOS Vice-Chairperson Secretary Joint Secretary Treasurer Other members Functioning of the NCOS The MSOS Secretariat may request the SOSs to suggest Agenda Items for discussion in the forum of MSOS. The NCOS Secretariat is to prepare the Agenda Papers for NCOS Meetings by taking into consideration the needs of the States as also of the goal of Universalisation of School Education. The NCOS Secretariat shall ensure follow up action on the recommendations of the Meetings, Conferences, Seminars etc., of MSOS. The MSOS Secretariat shall pursue the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to make provision of funds for Promotion and Upscaling of the Open Schooling programme at a national level and at State level, particularly to meet the goal of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).