NIOS refutes Arvind Kejriwal’s claim

India’s first virtual school was launched by the Center last year and not by the Aam Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government led by Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi, the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) said on Wednesday. The clarification came after Kejriwal launched the Delhi Virtual Model School (DVMS), which he said was “the first such platform in India”.

“Referring to some media reports regarding the claims that India’s first virtual school will be launched today. It is informed that the country’s first virtual school has already been launched by the Union Minister of Education in August of last year,” NIOS said.

“Currently, there are over 7,000 NIOS-affiliated Study Centers providing dedicated academic support and over 1,500 Study Centers providing support in competency-based vocational courses to NIOS Virtual Open learners. School. Live interactive classes will be provided by these NIOS-accredited study centers,” he said.

In its statement, the Open School, formerly known as the National Open School (NOS), also said that the first session of NIOS Virtual Open School was held in the 2021 school year in which 2 .18 lakh assignments and TMAs have been uploaded by learners.

“During the recently completed academic session, 4.46 lakh assignments and Tutor Rating Assignments (TMAs) were uploaded by NIOS learners. These TMAs are automatically assigned to subject matter experts and are assessed online The beauty of the system is that as soon as the TMA is assessed and grades are assigned by the subject matter expert, the TMA grades are visible to the learner in their dashboard,” the statement read.

“It is expected to hit the mark of more than 10 lakh online assignment submission and assessment in the current academic session.”

Kejriwal claimed on Wednesday that he had launched India’s “first” virtual school. He said the Delhi Model Virtual School (DMVS) would be for grades 9 to 12 and would also prepare students for competitions like JEE, NEET and CUET.

“When schools were closed during Covid, we saw schools taking virtual classes, we launched Delhi Model Virtual School based on this concept itself. Children from any corner of the country, whether whether a village or a town, can be admitted to this school,” he said.

The application process for the 2022-23 academic session started on Wednesday and students can apply through www.dmvs.ac.in. Any child between the ages of 13 and 18 who has completed class 8 from a recognized school can apply for admission to class 9. The school will not charge any fees and an attendance tracking system will be integrated into the online platform used for lessons.

As for exams, students will have to physically report to the nation’s capital for two end-of-term exams. These exams will be held at designated schools in Delhi where students can also take computer-based tests (CBT).

Perry A. Thomasson