Union HRD Ministry releases revised CBSE affiliation bye-laws for smooth functioning

The new affiliation bye laws aim on achieving academic excellence through mandatory teacher training. Even the Principals and Vice Principals of every school are expected to undergo two days mandatory training.

Oct 20, 2018 09:23 IST
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The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar on October 18, 2018 released the revised CBSE Affiliation Bye Laws to ensure speed, transparency, hassle-free procedures and ease of doing business with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

The revised affiliation byelaws indicate a major shift from the highly complex procedures to a simplified system based on preventing duplication of processes.

Earlier this year, the HRD Ministry had directed the Board to completely revisit its affiliation bye laws to make the system more robust and quality driven.


CBSE is a national level Board conducting examinations for Classes X and XII. It affiliates schools across India and abroad upon fulfilment of various conditions as prescribed in its Affiliation Bye Laws.

At present, 20783 schools are affiliated with the Board. The Affiliation Byelaws were first made in the year 1988 and were last modified in the year 2012.

Objective: To prevent duplication of affiliation process

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 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 document would be vetted by the head of district education administration validating all aspects such as building safety, sanitation, land ownership, etc; and another document would be a self-affidavit where the school would certify its adherence to fee norms, infrastructure norms, etc.

Key highlights of the revised affiliation byelaws

• The Board shall not revisit any of the aspects evaluated by the state during inspection; and the delay due to scrutiny and non-compliance of deficiencies in these documents shall be drastically curtailed.

• Inspection of schools will now be outcome-based and more academic and quality oriented, rather than focussing 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 practises in school, quality of co-scholastic activities, whether curricular load is as per norms.

• 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.

• Regarding fee, the provisions include full fee disclosure to be made and no hidden charges to be levied by schools in the garb of fees.

• The byelaws clearly state that fee is to be charged as per the regulation of the appropriate government and fee revision shall be subject to laws, regulations and directions of the appropriate government.

• Also, for the first time, the byelaws encourage schools to promote environmental conservation through harnessing solar energy, rain water harvesting, greening of campus, recycling and segregation of waste, Swachhata on campus, etc.

The Process

  • 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 fulfil all the conditions laid down under the Post-Affiliation process, such as recruitment of qualified teachers, special educator, wellness counsellor, salaries through digital payment, etc.
  • On complying with all these conditions, the school will submit an online commencement certificate latest by 31 March of the given year.
  • Based on the certificate, the Board shall confirm affiliation of the school. Only then, the schools will be able to start new academic session under CBSE.


The new affiliation bye laws aim on achieving academic excellence through mandatory teacher training. Even the Principals and Vice Principals of every school are expected to undergo two days mandatory training.

The revised bye laws will positively impact the existing and future schools by easing procedures and redirecting their focus towards improving the quality of education.


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