The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is restructuring the affiliation system for faculties and making the method fully digital and based mostly on information analytics with least human intervention, officers mentioned.

The new system, which can come into impact from March 1, has been restructured as per numerous suggestions for systemic reforms laid down within the new National Education Policy (NEP).

“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 mentioned.

“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 mentioned the board will quickly come out with detailed tips 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 mentioned.

The board has additionally revised timelines for utility course of as per the restructured system.

As per the revised timeline, yearly the applying window for recent affiliation and upgradation of affiliation will open 3 times -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 additional subject, section increase, change of name of school, change of society or trust, will be accepted through the year,” Tripathi mentioned.

Procuring digital signatures of a faculty from authorised service supplier or AADHAAR-based signatures; importing necessary paperwork reminiscent of no objection certificates, land certificates, security certificates and certificates by district schooling officer, are among the many stipulations for utility 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 inspection done on any of the dates mentioned in the letter,” he mentioned.

The CBSE had launched a facility for digital inspection of colleges for upgradation of affiliation in August final yr in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The board can be within the technique of establishing a facilitation centre to deal with queries, and issues of colleges and inspection committees associated to the digital inspection.

The board had revamped its norms in 2018 for granting affiliation to colleges, leaving the onus of the infrastructural audit on states and limiting its personal function to educational high quality monitoring.

The CBSE has 24,930 faculties affiliated to it throughout the nation and overseas, with over 2 crore college students and greater than 10 lakh lecturers. The affiliation by-laws had been formulated within the yr 1998.

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