Published: 25th January 2021
CBSE's affiliation system to go completely digital, detailed guidelines yet to be released
The CBSE has also revised timelines for the application process as per the restructured system. The new restructured system will come into effect from March 1
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced recently that they are restructuring the affiliation system for schools as per various recommendations for systemic reforms laid down in the new National Education Policy (NEP). The CBSE affiliation system has been conducted online since 2006, however, the restructured system will be completely digital and will be based on data analytics with the least possible human intervention.
The new system will come into effect from March 1. "The board is restructuring the affiliation system and process as per recommendations of education reforms in the NEP. Although the CBSE affiliation system has been online since 2006, the restructured system will be completely digital and based on data analytics with least human intervention," CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi said. "The restructuring will help in establishing ease of doing business in the CBSE affiliation system, attaining the goal of minimum government, maximum governance, automated and data-driven decisions, achieve transparency, bring more accountability in the entire systemic processes and achieve quick and time-bound disposal of all applications," he added.
Tripathi also explained that the Board will soon come out with detailed guidelines on the restructured system. "A detailed document on the CBSE affiliation system containing the restructured online procedure for affiliation, documents required for affiliation application, modalities and standard operating procedures [SOPs] for inspection, guidelines for the inspection committee, videos for various process, will be released soon," he said.
The board has also revised timelines for the application process as per the restructured system. As per the revised timeline, every year the application window for fresh affiliation and upgradation of affiliation will open thrice — March 1 to 31, June 1 to 30 and September 1 to 30. "The application for extension of affiliation will be accepted from March 1 to May 31 every year. Other applications such as those for an additional subject, section increase, change of name of the school, change of society or trust, will be accepted through the year," Tripathi said.
Procuring digital signatures of a school from an authorised service provider or Aadhaar-based signatures, uploading mandatory documents such as no objection certificate, land certificate, safety certificate and a certificate from the district education officer, are among the prerequisites for application for affiliation. "After the online submission of application, details submitted by the school will be analysed in accordance with the CBSE by-laws and inspection committee will be constituted immediately for the purpose of inspection. Schools will be able to get an inspection done on any of the dates mentioned in the letter," he said.
CBSE has over 24,000 schools affiliated to it across the country and abroad, with over two crore students and more than 10 lakh teachers. The affiliation by-laws were formulated in the year 1998.
With inputs from PTI