Govt discusses draft bill to make CBSE statutory body

CBSE Chairman Vineet Joshi made a presentation on the draft bill in the meeting, attended by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal and other top officials of the Ministry.

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2011, 00:57 AM IST

New Delhi: The Government on Thursday held a
detailed discussion on the draft Central Board of Secondary
Education (CBSE) Bill, which seeks to make the premier school
board a statutory body.

CBSE Chairman Vineet Joshi made a presentation on the
draft bill in the meeting, attended by HRD Minister Kapil
Sibal and other top officials of the Ministry.

According to officials, some changes have been suggested
in the provisions of the bill.

The CBSE, currently registered as a society, conducts
board exams in its affiliated schools. It functions directly
under the HRD Ministry and takes decision in consultation with
the ministry on all important issues.

The passage of the bill will give the board more
administrative and financial autonomy and widen its
functioning. The statutory status will help it take its own
decisions through its board of governors. Besides, its orders
will have stringer implications after it becomes a statutory
body by an Act of Parliament, officials said.

The new status will enhance the financial autonomy of the
board and enable it to make regulations for penalties for
misconduct by teachers and students, officials said.

PTI