Regional Director's Brief Profile
Regional Director

Shri Suvendu Sekhar Das

M.Sc(Maths), M.Phil(Maths), M.B.A(Leeds, UK)


Shri Suvendu Sekhar Das joined in the National Institute of Open Schooling in the year 1999. Shri Das developed various courses in Mathematics in Open Basic Education Programme, Secondary and Senior Secondary level from 1999 to 2009. In addition to the activities of Academic Officer(Mathematics), he had also handled Research & Evaluation Unit & On-Demand Examinations of Regional Centre-Delhi as an additional charge. Shri Suvendu Sekhar Das obtained his Master degree in Mathematics from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1997, completed M.Phil(Maths) during service and obtained full time MBA from Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom on Commonwealth Scholarships in 2008.

Shri Suvendu Sekhar Das resumed the duties of Regional Director, NIOS Regional Centre-Kolkata on 2nd June 2014. Prior to joining at Regional Centre Kolkata, he had served two other Regional Centres namely Regional Centre –Allahabad (year 2009-2011) and Guwahati (Year 2012-2014).

During the tenure of his services in the Regional Centres, main focus was on examination reforms, promotion of open schooling. Due to effective collaboration with KV and JNV Sangathan, Regional office, CBSE and respective state Boards of School Education, it was possible to make reputed KVs/JNVs, CBSE/state affiliated reputed schools to serve as NIOS study centres as well as examinatios centres. During his tenure in Regional Centre-Guwahati, study centre was opened in 13 un-covered districts viz. five districts in Assam (Baksa, Udalguri, Morigaon, Lakhimpur & Goalpara), four districts in Arunachal Pradesh (Anjaw ,Kurung kumey, Upper Subansiri, Dibang Valley), two districts in Meghalaya (East Garo Hills, South Garo Hills) and two districts in Nagaland(Zunheboto, Kephire). After joning in the Regional centre-Kolkata, new study centre also opened in districts like Coochbehar, Uttar & Dakshin Dinajpur, Malda, Purulia, South 24 Pgs where earlier Eng/Hindi and Bengali medium study centre was not there independently. Numbers of KVs/JNVs, CBSE/state affiliated reputed schools as exams/study centres had been increased significantly during the period of his stay in each Regional centre. His entire journey gave him the opportunities to learn processes in every sphere of NIOS activities and thereby enables to adopt best practices into the systems.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT, NIOS HQs

  • Written following lessons at different levels by self while developing/revising SLM:
    • OBE-‘A’ level
    Roman Numerals, Averages.
    • OBE-‘C’ Level
    Introduction to Algebra, Algebraic Expressions, Special Products and Factorization, Quadrilaterals, Circles.
    • Secondary level
    Algebraic expressions and polynomials, Number patterns, Angles in circles and Cyclic Quadrilaterals, Secants, tangents and their properties, Coordinate Geometry.
    • Senior Secondary Level
    Complex numbers, Quadratic Equations, Maxima and Minima, Insurances.
  • Developed multimedia content and testing items in lessons-Complex Numbers, Quadratic Equations at Senior Secondary level for ‘Education Helpline” www.sakshat.ac.in - A one stop portal launched by MHRD, Govt. of India.
  • Written and presented following Audio programmes in Mathematics for Gyan Vani:
    • OBE-‘C’ level
    Introduction to Algebra.
    • Secondary level
    Numbers Systems, Quadratic Equations, Triangles and their Classifications, Quadrilateral and their classifications.
    • General Programmes
    Story of Numbers, History of Mathematics, Common errors committed by learners, Tips for NIOS examinations.
  • Developed Question Banks at OBE-‘C’ level, Secondary & Senior Secondary levels.
  • Resource support provided to other department(National & International level):
    • Reviewed OBE-A level material in Mathematics developed by JSS-U.P. and sent report.
    • Reviewed training module in Maths for AI teachers developed by Regional centre-Pune.
    • Interacted & discussed various mathematical problems with the students of Ohio University, USA as a subject expert in Mathematics through video conferencing held at NIOS on 23rd August 2005.
  • Research activities undertaken and prepared reports:
    • Analysed variance in performance of Secondary Examinations (Maths) –Oct/Nov 2001 exams.
    • Carried out comparative analysis of April/May & Oct/Nov 2003 exams in Mathematics at Senior Secondary level.
    • Analysed Question-cum-Answer booklet of ODE at Secondary level(Maths) in 2007.
  • Important documents prepared by self:
    • The scheme of Grant-in-Aid for Research Projects in Open Schooling.
    • Part of core group for finalization of report of the National meet for Promotion/Strengthening of Open Schooling Programme held in Bhopal on 6-7 August 2004.
    • Strategy for promotion of Vocational Education programme in 2012.
  • Academic Credentials: M.Sc(Maths), M.Phil(Maths), MBA
  • Awards and Honors: Commonwealth scholarship for pursuing MBA in United Kingdom in the year 2007-2008.
  • Training/workshop attended after joining NIOS
    • December 20-27, 1999
    Workshop on Research Methodology
    • June 12-17, 2000
    Training programme on development of multimedia content
    • June 19-22, 2000
    Training programme on preparation of question papers design, Blue print and question items for ODE
    • April 14-15, 2001
    Introduction of the direct candidates and review the Accreditation norms of Institutions
    • August 30, 2001
    Workshop on Administrative Reforms
    • December 31, 2001
    Workshop to consider the issues related with the production of Audio/Video programmes
    • February 22, 2002
    Workshop for development of tools for analysis of variance in the performances of science and mathematics learners
    • February 6-7 & 9, 2004
    Capacity building cum development workshop on audio/video script writing
    • August 6-7, 2004
    National meet for Promotion/strengthening of Open Schooling programme held at Bhopal
    • March 4-14, 2005
    International workshop on “Instructional Design” in collaboration with Commonwealth of Learning (COL) held at India Habitat Centre. The ten day session was delivered by Dr. Clayton W. Wright, Canada
    • September 11-22, 2005
    Hosting an Institution for Educators from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Srilanka, Ghana & Nigeria
    • October 20, 2005
    Conference on cooperation and collaboration of state boards of education and Open schools of India
    • January 30 to February 3, 2006
    “Demystifying E-Learning” workshop organised by CEMCA, India
    • May 15-19, 2006
    International workshop on “Editing of self Learning Material in printed medium” in collaboration with Commonwealth of Learning held at India Habitat Centre
    • August 10-11, 2006
    Workshop for developing Multimedia packages and script writing
    • September 14-22, 2006
    Hosting an Institution for Senior Educators from different countries
    • January 28-29, 2007
    Workshop on “ Examination Reforms” held at Puri
    • January 30, 2007
    Workshop to finalise National Curriculum Framework for Vocational Education held at Puri
    • April 20-21, 2007
    Improving performances in Science and Mathematics at Secondary school Education held at Rishikesh
    • February 16-27, 2009
    Ten days In-country training workshop for Development of Open Educational Resources (OER) organised by National Institute of Open Schooling in collaboration with Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada
    • July 18, 2011
    Management Development Programme
    • November 18, 2011
    Workshop on ‘Learners Support & Assessment’
  • Special achievements: Interaction with the students of Ohio University, USA through video conferencing, active involvement for developing multimedia content in Mathematics for “Education Helpline” www.sakshat.ac.in- A one stop portal launched by MHRD, Govt. of India were the best learning experiences.

SIGNIFICANT INITIATIVES IN REGIONAL CENTRES:

  1. A high level meeting was held on 3rd November 2012 in the School Education Secretariat, Govt. of Nagaland. Shi Imkonglemba IAS, Commissioner & Secretary, School Education, Govt. of Nagaland chaired this meeting. Besides, Chairman of Nagaland Board of School Education, Director of Higher Education, Director of SCERT, Director of RMSA and other senior officers of School Education Department, Govt. of Nagaland attended the meeting. Constitution of special committee for monitoring of NIOS activities, recommendation of schools for opening of new study centres in Nagaland, fixation of NIOS examinations & sharing academic recourses in all spheres of NIOS activities were some of the decisions of this meeting.
  2. MoU was signed with Govt. of Nagland and Govt. of Meghalaya for D.El.Ed programme for in service Primary teachers.
  3. A high level meeting was held with Shri P.K.Srivastava IAS Principal Secretary, School Education, Govt. of Meghalaya, Director of Meghalaya Board of School Education, Director of District Educational Research & Training on 20th January 2014. In order to ensure smooth functioning of NIOS and better monitoring, the Principal agreed to provide office space in District Educational Research & Training (DERT) , Shillong for opening NIOS Regional Centre.
  4. MoU was signed on 3rd October 2012 between Government of Assam, Department of Secondary Education, Assam, Secretariat, Dispur and National Institute of Open Schooling, NOIDA for implementation of Project HUNAR in Nagaon, Barpeta & Karimganj districts of Assam through the Directorate of Madrassa Education.
  5. In order to meet the increasing demand of Regional medium, translation of course materials into Assamese language initiated in eight subjects at Secondary level.
  6. MoU was signed between National Institute of Open Schooling, NOIDA and Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur, West Bengal on 6th August 2014. As per the MoU, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission have agreed to provide their institutions/training centres across the country to serve as NIOS study centre for NIOS courses-Open Basic Education, Secondary, Senior Secondary and Vocational Education Programmes.
  7. Developed Vocational course in “Rural Entrepreneurship Programme” into Bengali Language. This material will be used for India Post Dak Sewak in West Bengal.
  8. A high level meeting was held in the conference hall on Human Resource Development Department (HRDD), Gangtok, Govt of Sikkim on 26th September 2015. Shri M.T.Sherpa Director of School Education, Shri T.T.Bhutia Joint Director (Exams) and other senior officers of HRDD, Govt. of Sikkim and all school Principals attended the meeting. The educational scenario of Sikkim and how NIOS can help in skill development and to improve performance of school education in the state of Sikkim was presented by Regional Director, Kolkata in the meeting. For better monitoring and also to have a training centre of NIOS on its own, HRDD, Govt of Sikkim provided a space for setting up NIOS cell Gangtok.

In order to provide skill training to the students of Sikkim, HRDD, School Education Deptt. Sikkim also recommended four schools for opening of NIOS Vocational Centres in (i) Govt. Sr. Secondary School Namchi (ii) Govt Sr. Secondary School Pelling, West Sikkim (iii) Govt Sr. Secondary School Mangan, North Sikkim (iv) Sir T. N Sr. Secondary school Gangtok East Sikkim.

ASSIGNMENTS IN HAND:

  1. Revision of Nepali Language course (231) at Secondary Level.
  2. Development of Nepali Language course at Senior Secondary Level.
  3. Development of Questions Banks in Bengali Language at Secondary and Senior Secondary Levels for On-Demand Examinations.
  4. Translation of seven core curriculum and study materials at Senior Secondary level into Bengali Language.
  5. Conduct of advocacy programme jointly with India Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU).