Bare literates from remote villages will soon stand a chance to acquire matriculation degrees. And they will be able to pace it according to their convenience while attending to other priorities in life. The Narendra Modi government is set to unveil a scheme where a person will be able to earn a matriculation degree over years, clearing one subject at a time.
Union human resource development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani is believed to have pushed for the scheme that will provide a base to pursue higher education at a later date. The vehicle enabling this will be the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The nodal agency will be the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), under the HRD ministry.
“We are in the process of putting all our study material online, along with mock online tests, which will help a literate of whatever age study the material in a particular subject online and also enable self-assessment,” an official told HT on condition of anonymity.
Once the person has prepared to take the Class X exam in a particular subject, he/she will be able to register and opt for a test, either through direct online registration with the NIOS as a candidate or through Community Service Centres in around one lakh villages. The candidate will then get an exam ID and roll number, and the NIOS will offer an examination date. Afterward, the candidate will be certified as having cleared the Class 10-level exam in that particular subject.
“People are free to clear one Class 10-level test after another over any number of years. Once they clear five subjects – of which one must be a language paper – they would get a matriculation certificate from NIOS,” the official said.