The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is restructuring the school affiliation system, making the process fully digital and based on data analytics with the least human intervention, as officials said. The new system, which will come into force on 1 March, 2021, has been restructured according to various recommendations for systemic reforms in the new National Education Policy (NEP).
"The board restructures the affiliation system and process as recommended by NEP education reforms. Although the CBSE affiliation system has been online since 2006, it will be completely digital and based on data analytics with least human intervention," said CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi.
According to the revised timeline, the application window for new affiliation upgrading will open three times each year -March 1-31, June 1-30, and September 1-30. "The application will be accepted from 1 March to 31 May every year. Other applications like those for additional subjects, section increase, and school name change, change of society or trust will be accepted throughout the year," Tripathi said.
Procuring a school's digital signatures from authorized service providers or AADHAAR-based signatures; uploading mandatory documents such as no-objection certificates, land certificates, security certificates, and district education officer certificates are among the prerequisites for applying for membership.
"After submitting the application online, the details submitted by the school will be analysed in accordance with the CBSE by-laws, and the inspection committee will be formed immediately for inspection purposes. Schools can inspect on any of the dates mentioned in the letter," Tripathi further stated.
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, CBSE introduced a facility for virtual inspection of schools to upgrade affiliation in August last year. The board is also setting up a facilitation center to address queries and school and inspection committee issues related to the virtual review.
By Abhra Roy