New Delhi: The Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has revamped the CBSE affiliation process, said media reports on Thursday.  A report in Zeenews said that now the emphasis would be on learning outcomes. An announcement to the effect was made by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar during a press conference at the PIB Conference Hall in Shastri Bhawan. Also Read - When Will Cinemal Halls Reopen? This is What Minister Prakash Javadekar Says

”CBSE has brought many changes in the affiliation process for schools; we have avoided unnecessary duplication of NOC at the state level and central level,” Javadekar said. There are currently 20,700 schools affiliated with the CBSE in the country and every year, the board receives 2,000-2,500 applications for new schools. Javadekar said that earlier, a school had to get an NOC inspection at the state level and then same NOC inspection was done by CBSE. Now, that duplication is taken care of in the new process, he said. Also Read - Schools Likely to Reopen in July For Senior Classes With 30% Attendance

Javadekar said the CBSE affiliation by-laws have been reworked to ensure speed, transparency and ease of doing business with the CBSE. He said district education officer will now inspect the form for CBSE affiliation and the process would now be outcome-based. He said the board will not visit any of the aspects vetted by the state during the inspection. Also Read - CBSE to Conduct Exams at All 15,000 Centres Across India: HRD Minister

On a satisfactory inspection report, the board will issue a letter of intent to the school. Javadekar said the new bylaws make the process less cumbersome and the whole process is now online. He said that CBSE was also going to ask schools to give an undertaking on making sports mandatory. While CBSE schools will have to mandatorily disclose fee, there should not be any hidden costs, said the minister. He also said that CBSE schools cannot ask students to buy uniform or books from a particular shop or establishment.