The Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad, Allahabad, also known as the UP Board, has rejected applications of over 1,700 schools from across the state, seeking affiliation .
The Board is now in the process of asking these institutions to apply afresh for recognition from it, this time under its newly introduced online mode.
The move comes close on the heels of the Board’s July 12 step, on orders of the state government, inviting fresh applications for affiliation from interested schools through its official website—upmsp.edu.in—with effect from July 15 for 2020 board exams.
At the time of introducing the online affiliation process, the board had over 1700 applications pending with it. These schools had submitted their applications in hardcopy along with required documents as was the norm earlier.
Following the orders for online affiliation, the UP Board wrote to chairman and director (secondary education) Amarnath Verma informing him about the pending applications and sought directions in this regard.
Verma has asked the board to instruct these schools to apply afresh for recognition as per the set new norms and process. The new norms among other things make it mandatory for the schools to not just have CCTV cameras in all classrooms and offices but also have biometric attendance for staff. The schools need to submit a certificate in this regard duly issued by the district inspectors of school (DOISs) concerned.
The schools are required to apply for new class 10 and class 12 subjects online by September 30, 2017. The schools which miss this deadline would be able to apply online till October 31 albeit with a late fee.
The DIOSs will submit their recommendations after a spot inspection of the schools concerned by December 31 after which the board will take the final decision.
“Affiliation process of over 1700 schools was pending when it was made online. We have received the instructions to accept applications of these schools also through the online mode. The decision is now being conveyed to the schools,” said Neena Srivastava, secretary, UP Board.