UP Board invites schools for affiliation
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Prayagraj : The UP board is accepting new applications from institutions seeking recognition. Though the board has not yet made a decision on whether or not to award affiliation to schools that sought last year, but has requested further applications for 2022.
The UP board has approximately 28,000 associated government-run, government-aided, and unaided schools across the state, making it one of the largest in the world in terms of examinees. "UP Board is accepting applications for new affiliation till May 15 on its website. Schools can also submit applications with a late fee until May 31," said RN Vishwakarma, District Inspector of Schools (DIOS), Prayagraj.
In 2021, 1,079 schools applied for high school and intermediate recognition, as well as additional subjects and steams. The proposal was forwarded to the state government after the UP Board headquarters reviewed the applications. As a general rule, all issues of recognition should be resolved by November 30.
Despite the fact that the deadline for 2021 applications has passed, the files of those who applied are still stalled. The board has made the affiliation process online to rule out the possibility of corruption. Despite this, it is disappointing that recognition orders have not been issued to schools that applied last year and were found to meet all of the requirements for recognition, claimed Suresh Kumar Tripathi MLC (Allahabad-Jhansi division).
Interestingly, despite meeting all of the requirements and having all of the necessary resources, the Department of Secondary Education has not granted recognition to more than 100 new high schools that applied in 2020. Officials said the new high schools will only be granted affiliation if the UP Intermediate Education Act 1921 is amended. In the case of a new application for affiliation for 2022, a team led by the DIOS of various districts would physically investigate the applicant schools' campuses to assess infrastructure and other resources, and then submit reports to the UP Board. Members of these committees include sub-divisional magistrates from the concerned tehsil, as well as principals of Government Intermediate Colleges and Government Girls Intermediate Colleges.
Once the UP Board has finalised the list of schools that meet the criteria for affiliation, it will send the list to the state government, and those that receive the state government's approval will be issued affiliation letters by the board.