Ministry of Human Resource and Development issues new CBSE Affiliation Bye Laws

Oct 19, 2018 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Ministry of Human Resource and Development (HRD) vide Press Release dated October 18, 2018 has issued new CBSE Affiliation Bye Laws,2018

Copy of the Bye Law is available on

The HRD Minister had earlier this year, directed the Board to completely revisit its affiliation bye laws to make the system more robust and quality driven. While highlighting the main changes, Shri Prakash Javadekar said that the new byelaws denote a major shift from the highly complex procedures followed earlier, to a simplified system based on preventing duplication of processes

Salient Features

Ø  Revised bye laws rests on the fact that there is duplication of processes at CBSE and state government level. For issuing recognition under RTE Act and NOC, the state education administration verifies various certificates to be obtained from local bodies, revenue department, cooperatives department, etc. The CBSE re-verifies them after applications are received. This is very long drawn process. Therefore, to prevent this duplication, schools will now be required to submit only two documents at the time of applying for affiliation, instead of 12-14 documents being submitted earlier: one would be a document vetted by the head of district education administration validating all aspects such as building safety, sanitation, land ownership, etc., and another would be a self-affidavit where the school would certify its adherence to fee norms, infrastructure norms, etc.

Ø  Inspection of schools will now be outcome-based and more academic and quality oriented, rather than focusing only on school infrastructure. The inspection will focus on academic excellence and progress of students over time, innovations and quality of pedagogy, capacity of teachers and teacher training, inclusive practices in school, quality of co-scholastic activities, whether curricular load is as per norms, whether there is adequate focus on sports and games, etc. This will not only help the Board and the school to track students’ progress over time, but will also identify areas that would need further efforts

Ø  The entire process from application, to inspection, to grant of affiliation was made paperless by the Board in March 2018. For the new byelaws too, the entire process will be online. Applications shall henceforth be disposed off in the same year.

Ø  In the new byelaws, the school inspection will be done as soon as applications are received. On satisfactory inspection report, the Board will issue a Letter of Intent to the school, indicating its intention to affiliate the school. The school will then be expected to fulfill all the conditions laid down under the Post-Affiliation process, such as recruitment of qualified teachers, special educator, wellness counselor, salaries through digital payment, etc. On complying with all these conditions, the school will submit an online commencement certificate latest by 31st March of the given year, based on which, the Board shall confirm affiliation of the school. Only then the schools shall be able to start new academic session under CBSE.


[Release ID: 1550017]



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