BODL WB provides free education up to higher secondary level, especially to the children belonging to BPL CARD HOLDER & Scheduled Tribes. It was observed that there was an urgent need to reach the STs, socially and educationally disadvantaged classes and other culturally, economically, geographically weaker sections of the society in the State of westbengal

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Open Basic Education (OBE)
Programme providing a elementary education at three levels, for school drop-outs and neo-literates, out of school learners through Accredited Agencies.

Under its "Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA)", the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has been endeavouring to provide Basic Education to all children, youth and adults in the country. BOARD OF OPEN DISTANCE LEARNING (BODL) has launched the Open Basic Education (OBE) Programme, as an alternative educational programme, equivalent to the Elementary Education Programme of the formal education system. The OBE Programme explores and makes use of the potentialities of Distance Education Mode (DEM) for reaching the unreached. The Foundation Course has been subsumed into the Open Basic Education 9OBE) Programme. There is a provision of separate OBE programme for children and adults. Some significant highlights of OBE programme areas follows:
The clientele for Open Basic Education (OBE) programme is:
  • Children below 14 years of age
  • Adults above 14 years of age
The OBE Programme is offered at three levels:
  • OBE level A : equivalent to class I-III
  • OBE level B : equivalent to class IV-V
  • OBE level C : equivalent to class VI-VIII
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