The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has revamped its norms for granting affiliation to schools, leaving the onus of the infrastructural audit on states and limiting its own role to academic quality monitoring.
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar announced Thursday that the affiliation by-laws of the CBSE have been completely revamped to ensure speed, transparency, hassle-free procedures and ease of doing business with the board.
"The new by-laws denote a major shift from the highly complex procedures followed earlier to a simplified system based on preventing duplication of processes.
"The board will now not revisit any of the aspects vetted by the state during its inspection and the delay due to scrutiny and non-compliance of deficiencies in these documents shall be drastically curtailed. Inspection of schools by the CBSE will now be outcome-based and more academic and quality-oriented," Javadekar added.
The CBSE has 20,783 schools affiliated to it across the country and abroad, with over 1.9 crore students and more than 10 lakh teachers.
The affiliation by-laws were formulated in the year 1998 and were last modified in 2012.
The new provisions mandate schools to make full disclosure of fee structure and prohibit them from levying any hidden charges, Javadekar said.