Start a School – Understanding State Laws – Getting 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once issued to any school will be considered at par even if it prescribes a specific period or *stage unless it is withdrawn.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.
State Board Affiliation is essential.
A case in the courts of Tamil Nadu came up for hearing where the State Govt put forwarded the laws without any ambiguity. Here is the News published in Times Of India on Oct 21, 2014

{ State permission must for even CBSE, ICSE schools: Government to HC

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government has set right an anomaly in school recognition rules, empowering itself to grant recognition to schools affiliated to all boards, including CBSE and ICSE. 

An information to this effect was submitted to the Madras high court by the school education department when a petition seeking inclusion of appropriate provision in the rules under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (RTE Act) came up for hearing last week. 

Though RTE Act was enacted in 2009 and came into force in 2010, the school education department in Tamil Nadu committed an error with a loophole in its rules. As a result though it had included other provisions, the state rules did not have any specific rule to grant recognition to CBSE and ICSE schools. 

Highlighting this anomaly, A V Pandian of Thirumullaivoil filed a petition saying the state was bereft of an important power, and as a result a large number of CBSE schools had sprung up all across the state and were functioning without any recognition. 

When the matter came up for hearing before the first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sathyanarayanan, the petitioner’s counsel, G Sankaran submitted that CBSE can grant affiliation for classes upto Class VI, and recognition from the state was required for schools functioning Class VII onwards. 

Last week, the school education department submitted a copy of the gazette notification dated September 19, as per which the director of school education would be the competent authority to grant recognition to schools established under other boards such as CBSE and ICSE. Noting that the relevant rule has now been adequately amended, the judges disposed of the case.}

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Abhiney Singh

Managing Director at Brighton International School
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.
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