The National Institute of Open Schooling (N.I.O.S) (formerly National Open School (NOS) is an autonomous organization set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India
its decision to grant equivalence to N.I.O.S. courses with those of other examinations of recognized Boards for purposes of admission to higher courses of study at Indian Universities.
He Minority Cell of NIOS grants accreditation on relaxed norms especially developed for Minority Institutions. This has helped to link traditional educational institutions of Muslims like Madarsas, Maktabs and Darul-Ul-Uloom into mainstream education. The Minority cell conducts Advocacy programmes for grant of accreditation and for minority education