Union HRD Minister Releases the Revised CBSE Affiliation Bye Laws (Download PDF)


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Union HRD Minister released revised CBSE Affiliation Bye Laws to ensure speed, transparency, hassle-free procedures, & ease of doing business w/Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

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  • Revised affiliation byelaws indicate major shift from highly complex procedures to simplified system based on preventing duplication of processes.

  • HRD Ministry had directed Board to completely revisit its affiliation byelaws to make system more robust & quality driven.

  • CBSE is national level Board conducting examinations for Classes X & XII. It affiliates schools across India & abroad upon fulfilment of various conditions as prescribed in its Affiliation Bye Laws.

  • At present, 20783 schools are affiliated w/Board. Affiliation Byelaws were first made in 1988 & were last modified in 2012.

Objective of New CBSE Affiliation Bye Laws

  • To prevent duplication of affiliation process

  • For issuing recognition under RTE Act & NOC, state education administration verifies various certificates to be obtained from local bodies, revenue department, cooperatives department, etc.

  • CBSE re-verifies them after applications are received. This is very long process. To prevent this duplication, schools will now be required to submit only 2 documents at time of applying for affiliation, instead of 12 - 14 documents being submitted earlier.

  • One document would be vetted by head of district education administration validating all aspects such as building safety, sanitation, land ownership, etc; & another document would be self-affidavit where school would certify its adherence to fee norms, infrastructure norms, etc.

Key Highlights of Revised Affiliation Byelaws

  • Board shall not revisit any of aspects evaluated by state during inspection & delay due to scrutiny & non-compliance of deficiencies in these documents shall be drastically curtailed.

  • Inspection of schools will now be outcome-based & more academic & quality oriented, rather than focusing only on school infrastructure.

  • Inspection will focus on academic excellence & progress of students over time, innovations & quality of pedagogy, capacity of teachers & teacher training, inclusive practises in school, quality of co-scholastic activities, whether curricular load is as per norms.

  • This will not only help Board & school to track students’ progress over time, but will also identify areas that would need further efforts.

  • Provisions include full fee disclosure to be made & no hidden charges to be levied by schools in garb of fees.

  • Fee is to be charged as per regulation of appropriate govt. & fee revision shall be subject to laws, regulations & directions of appropriate govt.

  • Byelaws encourage schools to promote environmental conservation thru harnessing solar energy, rain water harvesting, greening of campus, recycling & segregation of waste, Swachhata on campus, etc.

Process of CBSE Affiliation

  • School inspection will be done as soon as applications are received.

  • Board will issue Letter of Intent to school, indicating its intention to affiliate school.

  • School will then be expected to fulfil all conditions laid down under Post-Affiliation process, such as recruitment of qualified teachers, special educator, wellness counsellor, salaries thru digital payment, etc.

  • School will submit online commencement certificate latest by 31st March of given year.

  • Based on certificate, Board shall confirm affiliation of school. Only then, schools will be able to start new academic session under CBSE.

Significance of New CBSE Affiliation Bye Laws

  • New affiliation bye laws aim on achieving academic excellence thru mandatory teacher training.

  • Even Principals & Vice Principals of every school are expected to undergo 2 days mandatory training.

  • Revised bye laws will positively impact existing & future schools by easing procedures & redirecting their focus towards improving quality of education.

- Published/Last Modified on: January 18, 2019

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