Jammu & Kashmir State Board of School Education - JKBOSE

SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) has given a nod to enroll secondary and senior secondary level students of 60 private schools to nearby government institutions in view of ‘land and affiliation expiry issues’.

According to the news agency KNO, JKBOSE Deputy Secretary General for Kashmir Division said that the directives have been issued for tagging of on-roll students of 60 private academic institutions of Kashmir Division running their affairs on proprietary land, having their period of affiliation expired and also failed to furnish their extension case files.

“In order to safeguard the academic career, the sanction is accorded to tagging of on-roll students of 60 private schools of classes 10th to 12th with the nearby government high or higher secondary schools or cluster head schools, as the case may be in respect of schools of Kashmir division with immediate effect,” it reads.

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The officer said that the sanction was accorded consequent upon the expiration of affiliation of such private academic institutions of Kashmir Division in October 2021-2022, coupled with the failure of the concerned managements to submit requisite case files for further extension with necessary certificates and safety documents.

“The concerned principals or cluster heads after securing necessary discharge certificates of the concerned students shall authenticate and submit the Permission-Cum-Admission (PCA) forms of classes 10th to 12th and renewal registration returns, as the case may be, with the normal prescribed fee, as per the notifications issued by the JKBOSE Director Academic,” it reads.

The board authority has also said that the concerned private schools shall remit a tagging fee equivalent to a periodical inspection fee for the current academic session viz. 2023-2024, as prescribed by the JKBOSE.

“The defaulter schools are admonished not to enrol any students in classes from 9th to 12th, from the next academic session viz 2024-2025, without securing formal affiliation and recognition from the board and Government School Education Department respectively,” it reads.

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The board authorities said that the orders shall be subject to the outcome of writ petitions, if any, pending before the competent courts of law.

Meanwhile, a top official of JKBOSE said, “Under Statutory Order (SO) 177, in the case of those private schools who are running their institutions from the state land and are defaulters, their number is around 200.”

The official said that those private schools will have to get their title cleared from the Revenue Department. “We only need a NOC from them.”

Pertinently, in April 2022, the government notified conditions under SO-177 for private schools for their registration, recognition, and affiliation.

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