IAS officer Anita Karwal was appointed as the new Chairperson of Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE on 31 August 2017.
The 1988-batch officer from Gujarat cadre is currently serving as additional secretary in HRD Ministry. She was the Gujarat Chief Electoral officer during the Lok Sabha election in 2014.
She would be replacing Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi, who has been appointed as Director General of the National Skill Development Agency.
Chaturvedi’s Controversy Marred term
• Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi had been appointed as CBSE chief in July 2016 for a term of 5 years.
• The 1987 batch IAS officer from Madhya Pradesh cadre however, only served the board for a little over a year.
• His one-year stint was marked by a series of controversies such as:
- Errors in the evaluation of Class XII board exam papers.
- The practice of inflating marks.
- The alleged setting of tough questions in the NEET in different languages to select students for medical courses. (MPs from Bengal and Tamil Nadu had complained about tough questions being asked to students taking the NEET in their mother tongue.)
- Asking affiliated schools to follow only those textbooks that are published by the NCERT.
- The directive to schools to furnish details about their fees and facilities.
Following complaints of errors in the evaluation, CBSE set up two committees to enquire into the process of identifying and analysing discrepancies and suggesting corrective measures.
Besides this, Chaturvedi had also gone against the government's wishes and decided to hold the National Eligibility Test (NET), which is conducted to select assistant professors, once a year instead of twice. He backed his decision by saying that the CBSE could not hold the NET because it was burdened with many exams.
Who: Anita Karwal
When: 31 August 2017