Maharashtra State Open School is a brand of MSO School Foundation is an autonomous independent and Non–Governmental organization (NGO) for the conduct of Courses of Secondary and Higher Secondary School Examination, providing an alternative to choose from either Government aided Boards/Councils or a Non-Government independent Autonomous Body. The Board aims to provide education to all children, especially to those in rural and remote areas, at least up to the Senior Secondary level and many other Courses. It is further submitted that the Council is a private initiative for the establishment of a Non-Government Board/Council for conducting 10th, 12th and Many Courses Common Examination for students studying in schools affiliated and likely to be affiliated by Maharashtra State Open School.
The Board/Council trustees/members has the constitutional right under Article 19 (1) (g) to pursue any profession or any occupation and running teaching institutes have been included as part of occupation as held by Hon’ble Supreme Court in T.M.A. Pai Foundation Vs. State of Karnataka (SC) 2003 (2) SCT 385. The relevant portion of the above said judgment is reproduced as under:-
“Private education is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing segments of post-secondary education at the turn of the twenty –first century. A combination of unprecedented demand for access to higher education and the inability or unwillingness of government to provide the necessary support has brought private higher education to the forefront. Private institutions with a long history in many countries, are expanding in scope and number, and are becoming increasingly important in parts of the world that relied almost entirely on the public sector.
The concept of distance education is good alternative to the heavily strained formal education system. The pressure in the field of higher education is ever increasing as more students apply for different courses every year. The number of students entering university has been rising at an average rate of 7per cent a year. At present, more than 30 University are offering correspondence courses.
The Open Education gives opportunities to all people who are not in a position to go to college or University to acquire degrees. They are convenient for the disadvantaged groups, living in remote areas and those who are employed. They enable students to pursue their education at their convenience without relying on rigid daily schedules and the constraints of attendance in class rooms. On 5th August 1985, the Union minister of Education said in the Rajya Sabha that The Open University would open an important era in educational technology and will be a role model in educational technology and in method of teaching different courses to the poor? The Open Education System gives sufficient flexibility in academic matters. It has a multimedia approach to instruction. The students have to make use the radio, the television, C.D. and computers, in addition to books, the study centres, located at places convenient for the students, serve as a storehouse of knowledge. The authorities of the Open Education System take steps to conduct periodic discussions and seminars on difficult and important topics. The Open Education System in our country produces good results in the field of higher education.