Start a School – Understanding State Laws – Getting State Board Affiliation

To start a school in India, recognition form the HOME STATE is MANDATORY. Education is a state subject and the schools have to follow the norms set by the state govt. Also the acts like RTE are enforced and managed by the state govt machinery, the schools also have to accommodate the holidays prescribed by the state. The District Education Officer (DEO) is the custodian of the State Board recognition and its laws, DEO’s office is the one responsible to help schools with state board affiliation and related support. As mentioned in my earlier posts, to take affiliation from CBSE/ CISCE you have to take No Objection Certificate from the state government as well besides Affiliation. I have made this post which should help new schools to find information regarding the state board affiliation. A lot of promoters / Principals are of the notion that a State Government Affiliation has nothing to do with their starting of School, since the School will get CBSE Affiliation at a later stage. This notion is wrong since  the most essential requirement after LAND for CBSE team to come and inspect a school is the State Board Affiliation and Permission. Here is an excerpt from the CBSE Bye Laws (Page 7)
  • The School seeking Provisional Affiliation with the Board must have formal prior recognition of the State/U. T. Govt.
  • Its application either should be forwarded by the States Govt. or there should be a No Objection Certificate to the effect that State Government has no objection to the affiliation of the school with the CBSE.
  • ‘No Objection Certificate’ once issued to any school will be considered at par even if it prescribes a specific period or *stage unless it is withdrawn. Condition of submitting a No Objection Certificate will not be applicable to categories 3.1 (i) to (iv).
  • Though it is important the School applies for NOC but getting a School affiliated, the only thing which counts is whether school has applied to State Government for NOC.
Starting a State Board School in India
Each and every state has an Education Board. Each of this education board is divided locally and centrally in the state capital.  Each of the State and Union Territories has its own Education Board and Department which looks after the affiliation rules, implementation, inspection and approvals. Each of the state Government has its own website where they have mentioned about the procedures, teams and conditions. Here are the websites and respective affiliation bye laws of different states of India;
S NoStateBye LawsWebsite
1ChattisgarhChattisgarh School Affiliation Bye Laws CGBSE
2Andhra PradeshAndhra Pradesh School Affiliation Bye LawsAPEBS
3BiharBihar School Affiliation Bye LawsBSEB
4HaryanaHaryana School Affiliation Bye LawsBSEH
5KarnatakaKarnataka School Affiliation Bye LawsKSEEB
6KeralaKerala State Board Bye LawsKSEB
7MaharashtraMaharashtra School Affiliation Bye LawsMahSSC
8OdishaOdisha School Affiliation Bye LawsBSEOD
9PunjabPunjab School Affiliation Bye LawsPSEB
10RajasthanRajasthan School Affiliation Bye LawsRSEB
11Tamil NaduTamil Nadu School Affiliation Bye LawsTNSCHOOL
12Uttar PradeshUttar Pradesh School Affiliation Bye LawsUPMSP
13BengalBengal School Affiliation Bye LawsWBSED
14DelhiDelhi School Affiliation Bye LawsDSEB
15JharkhandJHED
16AssamASEB
17Himachal PradeshHimachal Pradesh School Affiliation Bye Lawshpbose
18GujaratGSEB
19Jammu & KashmirJammu & Kashmir State School Affiliation Bye LawsJKBOSE
20GoaGBOSE
21MeghalayaMBOSE
22NagalandNagaland School Affiliation Bye LawsNBOSE
So to start, you first have to approach the District Education Office and submit your affiliation request. Post the inspection, the State Board should be in a position to give you the State Board’s Affiliation. After that you can very well apply for CBSE’s Affiliation for your school. Here is also the list of website for you (though not exhaustive) to help you with your state’s Education Board Affiliation. 
Serial No State Bye Laws (Link) Website for Application
1 Uttar Pradesh (UP) https://upmsp.edu.in/schoolrecognitioninformation.aspx http://www.upefa.com/upefaweb/RTE-11HE.PDF https://prereg.upmsp.edu.in https://upmsp.edu.in/schoolrecognitioninformation.aspx
2 Rajasthan
3 Maharashtra https://mahahsscboard.org/scrules.htm
4 Madhya Pradesh (MP) MP State School Recognition Bye Laws https://dpi.mponline.gov.in/#/home
5 Tamil Nadu Act No. 35 of 2019 Act 0f 1973
6 West Bengal West Bengal Board of Secondary Education Bye Laws http://wbbse.org/home.htm http://wbsed.gov.in/default.html http://www.wbsed.gov.in/readwrite/recognition.pdf
7 Meghalaya Meghalaya State Policy on Education, 2018 The Meghalaya School Education Act The Meghalaya Act 1993 Application Form
8 Mizoram Mizoram Recognised Private Schools (Regulation) Rules, 2006 Website of School Education Application Form (on Page 24)
9 Manipur Council for High Secondary Education Manipur Secondary Education Recognition Rules Manipur Private School Act https://bsem.nic.in/downloads/AFpto9.pdf
10 Assam ASSAM NON-GOVERNMENT EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS (REGULATION & MANAGEMENT) ACT, 2006 Form Link
11 Arunachal Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh Education Act, 2010 Arunachal Pradesh Education Act, 2010 (Another website) Form Link
12 Nagaland Bye Laws – Primary School, Nagaland Bye Laws – High School, Nagaland Official Website Form Link Application for Recognition of School
13 Tripura Tripura Board of Secondary Education Form Link
14 Chhattisgarh CG RTE Rules Affiliation Rules Primary School Link High Secondary Link
15 Odisha The Orrisa Education Act 1969 Recognition to Institutions The Orissa Secondary Education ACT 1996
16 Uttarakhand Recognition Rules for Secondary Education Website Website RTE Rules Recognition Rules for Secondary Education
Abhiney Singh

Abhiney Singh

I run a school called Brighton International School (www.brightoninternational.in). I am also now a partner with a School consulting company which helps budding educators or investors start school or gain access to help related to school. The help could be in the form of Turnkey School Consultation, Detailed Project report, Project Finance, Business Plan consulting, Recruitment planning, Infrastructure consultation, Affiliation Consultation, Teacher’s Training, Academic and Curriculum Planning. I now have a decade of work experience. I strongly believe in improving every day and I have tremendous respect for people who pursue their dreams with undying passion and enthusiasm. I have worked in Mumbai for about 6 years as a Marketing-Media professional which has helped me in shaping what I am today. I am Chemical Engineer with an MBA in Marketing. You can know more about me at www.linkedin.com/in/abhineysingh You can mail me on abhiney@brightoninternational.in or call me on +91 70002 40006. This number is also on whatsapp.

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