Stung by the toppers scam, the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has begun the process of identifying inter-colleges and higher secondary schools running on rented premises. Such institutes may lose their affiliation as the BSEB plans to change the eligibility criteria to bring down the number of “substandard” institutions. Since the toppers scam surfaced, the board has cancelled affiliation of 170-odd schools and inter-colleges and has not granted any fresh affiliation.
Bihar Education Minister Ashok Kumar Choudhary had on Thursday issued instructions to the BSEB to identify private schools and colleges being run from rented premises. “There was a serious flaw in previous affiliation norms that considered granting affiliation to inter-colleges as a matter of exception. The norms allowed laxity and mushrooming of private colleges,” Choudhary told The Sunday Express.
The minister said that the BSEB would have to identify inter-colleges and schools running on leased or rented premises from among 8,000-odd private institutions. “I do not have the exact figures of inter-colleges running on rented premises, but I learnt that Bhojpur alone has 15 such colleges. The state board has to do an independent survey and submit a report. Once we put in place the criterion that only owners of a building with required vacant land can run a plus-two school or inter-college, the number of substandard private institutions will come down,” he said.
The minister said that BSEB had almost completed its affiliation cancellation drive.