Recently, the Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal encouraged the National Institute of Open Schooling to look at providing vocational training to students. He said the same in his address while chairing the 19th general body meeting of the NIOS Society. He urged NIOS to look at starting a vocational degree in addition to their normal class XII degree. He also advised NIOS to have a special strategy for states that need the maximum support. The NIOS is an autonomous institution formed by the HRD ministry providing formal education through open schooling system.