City school heads welcome move

Schools seeking affiliation with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) need no longer wait for a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the State government.

This move assumes significance with many city schools looking to open CBSE sections or setting up institutions following the CBSE syllabus.

Last month, an amendment was made to a rule on CBSE affiliation by-laws. “At the outset, it looks like a good move. Any step that simplifies the process is welcome,” said P. Vishnucharan, correspondent, Shree Niketan Group of Schools. CBSE officials were unavailable for comment.

According to a CBSE circular, dated July 8, 2013, “A school seeking provisional affiliation with the Board must have formal prior recognition of the State/U.T. government and also produce evidence to this effect that the applicant school had intimated the education department of the State about the application made to CBSE seeking affiliation with the Board.”

Only if the CBSE receives an objection to the application does the school need to produce an NOC from the State.

“In case the board receives objections during the application process of the school, it may ask the concerned school to produce the NOC from the State government or Union Territory or otherwise it would be assumed that the concerned State/UT government has no objection,” the amendment says.

As per the earlier rule, the application of the school seeking provisional affiliation with the CBSE must either be forwarded to the Board by the State government or there should be an NOC to the effect.

The circular says the amendment in the affiliation bye-laws Rule 3.3(I) chapter II-reg was made on the recommendations made by the affiliation committee in a meeting on June 24, and the subsequent approval of the governing body of the Board.

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