Aims & Objectives of Jammu and Kashmir State Open School (JKSOS)

To provide middle , secondary and senior secondary education to those belonging to disadvantaged groups (e.g. the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, Socially and Educationally disadvantaged classes and other socially, culturally, economically, geographically weaker sections of the society, or such other factors as may be specified/ notified by the appropriate Government) and people belonging to weaker sections who are not able to get secondary and senior secondary education in the normal course of life.

To provide professional services to the government and other agencies in the field of education, in general, and school education, in particular, for the development and growth of distance and open school system and develop appropriate curriculum for vocational and continuing education to prepare student population for the world of work.

To provide the best possible teaching/ learning environment to its students, so that they can serve the society effectively and with dignity individualized study with flexibility in terms of place and duration.

To open schools/ academic centers, study centers, competitive training institutes and language institutes.

To identify educational needs of the children/persons of the State who are otherwise not catered to by the formal system of school education and to open study/academic centers.

To provide opportunities for school education up to pre-degree level through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode, to identify and promote standards of learning in Open and Distance Learning system.

To design and develop courses, self-instructional materials (SIM) and other learning support for the courses identified at different points of time, to organize orientation and training programmes for the functionaries of the open schooling system in the country, to evolve strategies for curriculum development, instructional procedures etc.

To undertake and coordinate educational research and programmes on the suggestion of the State government(s) concerned etc.;

To establish contacts with international agencies in the field of education, specially school education, for keeping itself acquainted with the latest trends in curriculum development, material production, media use for dissemination etc, to establish links with other examining bodies with special focus on Asian countries;

To collaborate with other agencies within and outside the state for developing and delivering skill oriented courses of study, to promote and publicize open schooling programmes and activities in the country.

To maintain standards and equivalence with formal education system, while ensuring flexible characteristics of Open and Distance Learning System, to assist and advise the State Government in matters related to open schooling.

To serve as an agency for effective dissemination of information related to open learning and distance education and to discharge coordination and clearing house functions

To provide opportunities for continuing education to those who have missed opportunities to complete school and development education, and other children/persons desirous of pursuing school level education through JSOS mode by offering courses and programmes of general education, life enrichment and vocational education up to pre-degree level.

To take the responsibilities of researching, innovating and experimenting in the area of Open Schooling and Open Learning and disseminating tested innovative practices to States;

To play a nodal and lead role in developing a network of Open Schooling in the country and help the States in adapting/adopting the course material as well as developing courses in regional languages;

To share with the SOS and other Open Schooling agencies in the areas of common curriculum, printed instructional materials, and media materials etc;

To develop and prescribe or offer Vocational Courses to the students of the Open Channel;

To collaborate with agencies and institutions who would be willing to provide learning assistance to the students and to accredit such Learning Support Centres or Study Centres including study centres abroad;

To establish Regional Centres, for purposes of promoting the proper functioning of the Learning Support or Study Centres;

To publish or cause to be published and to print the learning and other materials developed by the Jammu and Kashmir State Open School;

To prescribe rules and conditions for the registration of students, for eligibility for appearing at the examinations, for its conduct, and for all other rules consonant with and necessary for the proper fulfillment of the teaching, examining and certifying authority vested in the Society;

To prescribe and demand payment of such fees and other charges as may be authorised by the Rules, and as amended from time to time;

To provide consultancy services and to engage in model building, in close collaboration with States and a variety of other agencies or institutions;

To serve as an agency for effective dissemination of information related to Distance Education and Open Learning; hence to publish newsletters, bulletins, or journals and use such other means as seen necessary to further this purpose;

To develop and prescribe or offer a wide spectrum of courses of study, for purposes of general vocational and continuing education, either leading to certification at the school stage up to the under graduate level (including Certificates/Diplomas) or for life and job enrichment and without certification;

To provide secondary and senior secondary education to disadvantaged groups (e.g. the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, Socially and Educationally backward classes and other groups having disadvantage owing to social, cultural, economic, geographical, linguistic, gender or such other factor as may be specified by the appropriate Government, notification) and the people belonging to weaker section are not able to get routine, middle , secondary and senior secondary education.

To provide professional services to the government and other agencies in the field of education, in general, and school education, in particular, for the development and growth of distance and open school system and develop appropriate curriculum for vocational and continuing education to prepare student population for the world of work.

To establish linkages with contemporary education systems like State Councils, Sanskrit Councils, Madrasa Councils and state open Councils with mainstream education system with mobility across them and equivalence between them, to expand access to school education at all levels and to increase retention rates at all levels of schooling.

To encourage, promote and conduct a system of Open School Education relevant to the students/ learners, to organize training programmes at national and international level on `open school’ system;

To promote interaction and co-ordination among open schools to make study of various subjects more purposeful and to effect a fusion between traditional and modern system of education;

To institute career oriented courses related to education through distance learning/ correspondence courses; to develop courses of education in various subjects.

To remove the obstacles for providing secondary and senior secondary education to the disadvantaged sections of the society and to bring disadvantaged groups in the fold of mainstream of secondary/ senior secondary education, to provide facilities for studies and research in Indian classical languages;

To develop as a centre of excellence in the field of teaching, training and research related to literature and allied branches of knowledge in various languages;

To establish/ affiliate schools for study of literature and allied branches of knowledge; to conduct examinations at middle / secondary / senior secondary levels as per the guidelines laid down, to develop courses of instruction related to various languages and sciences up to Secondary/Higher Secondary level;

To prepare `database’ on open schooling and to conduct online and offline examination of secondary , senior secondary level in all over country and to announce the results of concerned examination and release certificates to passed candidates time to time;

To develop and conduct methodologies practicable to languages, including Sanskrit, with innovations; and to promote information education in various languages of the country, to provide hostels & residential accommodation that may be considered necessary for the student & for each member of the staff that may be made eligible for it;

To establish & maintain institution for the handicapped & for adult education, like vocational training in vocation of household industry, semi – skilled jobs for self-employment, short hand & type – writing, and social science, Languages, Fine arts. Crafts, music, painting, modeling, physical training etc.;

To organize educational and vocational training programme with special concern for deprived sections, women/girls and unemployment youth to provide new skills, refine/sharpen/up-grade the existing skills.

To give affiliation for schools and colleges, to open information centers in all over India for providing information of Education & Health, to organize conferences, summits seminars, meeting, discussion, debates, study courses, and to conduct short term and long term vocational courses/training for the cause of society.

To open training camps and workshops for the development of arts, plays and culture and raise funds through subscriptions, donations, trade to fulfill the aims and objects, to publish books, encyclopedias, monographs and study materials;

To help freedom fighters, widows/war widows and orphans and running schools, colleges & similar institutions, To start, establish, run or manage and maintain schools for cultural development of the masses especially in the field of dance, (all types of classical including kathakali etc, music both Indian and western etc.);

To impart free education and cultural training to the poor, helpless, handicapped and needy children/students, to establish and maintain institutions for adult education with the consent of the concerned authorities;

To provide physiotherapy, speech therapy, functional & occupational therapy to rehabilitation of the all age people. To provide adult education, to provide health education, physical education and various martial arts, kung-fu, karate, jeet, kune do ideology, philosophy and skills;

To strive to meet changing need of providing comprehensive education to develop various facets of personality and to impart education to children on the most modern lines & provide an environment congenial to growth & development of the children, To arrange & organize the social, cultural & educational programmes from time to time.

To undertake, organize, conduct and facilitate, Courses, conference, lecture, research and education on various aspects and of science, technology, Society and other fields.

To train the downtrodden people in general for human resource development in view of the emerging needs such as database development, resource survey methodologies, computer, environmental studies, health, education, and engineering.

To undertake and promote the publication & translation of journal, research papers and books and to develop the audio-visual programmed to disseminate knowledge pertaining to the objectives of the Society, To protest and fight against the injustice against people, to encourage and promote family welfare activities among needy people.

To aid or establish any institution technical or otherwise, to promote education of art, Science or other related fields for the benefit of downtrodden and weaker sections of the Society, to communicate and coordinate with the Govt. Local and public authorities on various issues related to development welfare and public interest on different subjects.

To issue appeals raise funds and accept gifts, donation subscriptions in cash or in kind and any property either movable or immovable for the achievement of the objective of the Society.

To acquire, purchase or otherwise own or undertake on loan or lease or hire temporality or permanently and movable or immovable property necessary or convenient for the furtherance of the objects of the Society, to organize and take-up Health, Educational and Welfare programmes for needy & poor Women & Children.

To promote and protect Indian Traditional music, dance, handicraft, handlooms, Art, modern art & literature, to support the families and relatives of artists for promoting the budding artists in the Society.

To work for the empowerment and sensitization of women, adolescents and children, to make up efforts for the education, welfare and development of women, children and backward community in both urban and rural areas throughout the country, to establish the medical facilities in the working locality (if required) such as family planning centers, dispensaries, hospitals etc.

To publish books, magazines, charts, issue related IEC (Information, Education and Communication) materials and other periodical illustration for generating the income for the Society for the benefit of its aims.

To establish, build or manage Hostels, Short Stay Homes, Rehabilitation Centers, Shelters, Crèches, Child Care Centre or Children’s Home, Counseling Centers and Help Line Centers for Women, Children, Old aged persons, Drug addicts and needy persons.

To seek and accept grants, donations, assistance from public bodies, corporations, companies or trusts Indian/corporation /companies and foundations for the purposes of the Society and to manage efficient, effective and permissible fund flow and fund utilization in consonance with the objects stated herein.

To establish Academic centre(s) for the promotion of School Education, Music, Dance and other Arts, to establish residential and non-residential cultural centers for promoting Music, Dance and other Arts, to organized vocational training for women and needy people, to aware people about their democratic & fundamental rights.

To promote and protect Indian Traditional music, dance, handicraft, handlooms, Art, modern art & literature, to support the families and relatives of artists for promoting the budding artists in the Society.

To provide various medical services such as organizing health and awareness camps of Immunization, Eye Care, Motherhood, Child Care, and Communicable Diseases, to provide basic medical facility, sanitation, general health care and other needful support which can be helpful for public to overcome sufferings and agony of any natural and man-made disaster and to facilitate them to rehabilitate.