New state school boards to see parity with AIU – Times of India

In July, Union Ministry of Education Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for grant of equivalent certificates to class X and XII students passing out from new state school boards approved.
The newly established Boards of School Education will now have to apply for equivalence from the Association of Indian Universities (AIUHowever, pre-existing State Education Boards need not apply for equivalence as they are already considered equivalent.
To achieve parity with AIU, the new state education boards will have to comply with the provisions of NEP 2020, Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009 and follow the National Curriculum Framework.NCF) AIU will prepare a centralized list of State Education Boards, which will be provided equivalent for an easy process.
Some unrecognized school boards are; All India Council for Open Education, New Delhi, Council for the Open School Certificate Examinations of India, Maharashtra and All India Rashtriya Vidyapeeth, Karnataka. Apart from this, there are many other unrecognized state school boards in the country as well.
Speaking to Education Times, Association of Indian Universities (AIU) general secretary Pankaj Mittal says, “This is not for pre-existing school education boards. The new state education board will be required to obtain a certificate of equivalence and comply with the provisions of NEP 2020 and RTE 2009 and adhere to the National Curriculum Framework (NCF). AIU will soon release the list of school boards which will be given equivalent to save the students from facing any difficulty.”
“Students will not face any trouble in taking admission in colleges as universities will not question the authenticity of their respective state boards. At present, there are around 100 school boards which are not recognized. We will complete the process of giving equivalence to state school boards within six months,” Mittal said.
“AIU has a peer committee, a governing council and an expert committee that will be involved in carrying out the process,” says Mittal.
Jagbir Singh, President, Board of School Education Haryana (BSEH) says, “Our Board of School Education is already considered equivalent as it has existed for a very long time. The SOPs which have been prescribed by Ministry of Education Will make the process of migration of students from a new state school board to an equivalent board a smooth process. Recently, four students who have passed class X from Bihar board came to take admission under our board, they could not get admission because there was no similarity of Bihar board with us.
We requested the Bihar Board to write a letter to us seeking equivalence and the whole process took six months and the students suffered a lot. Now once AIU provides equivalence to new state school boards, they will not need to obtain equivalence from other boards and will automatically be included in the centralized list of AIU’s equivalent boards.
“Around 125 fake school boards exist, of which around 60 are in Delhi. As per the SOP issued, the special state board cannot open its centers in any state other than its home state. Sometime back, Sikkim-based Board of Open Schooling and Skill Education (BOSSE) established its franchise in Haryana which was illegal, but we allowed it as it was mandated by it. Assembly,
So we gave it equivalence on 30th September, 2021 and after that it came to our notice that on 13th September, 2021 two pass certificates of class X had come to us from the same board for verification of equivalence. Since these certificates were issued to the students before their board equivalents were given, we immediately canceled the boss’s equivalence,” said Singh.

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