143 privately owned schools based in Haryana’s Karnal district were greeted with a rude shock by the state government when they were issued ultimatums regarding their affiliation. The schools were found to be erring on grounds of valid governmental recognition and education boards’ legal affiliation.
The aforesaid number of erring schools did not possess any valid affiliated status to any recognized board of India. On the other hand, they neither possess any valid approval from the state government’s education department to run their institutions. Hence as a much necessitated disciplinary step, the state government authorities served notices to the said institutions in that regard.
The notices have instructed the said institutes to complete the bare minimum necessities in order to gain the required recognition status. Failure to comply with the directive may result in the closure of the institution along with the enactment of strict penal action against the erring authorities of the noncompliant institutes.
The architect behind the drive was Karnal’s District Education Officer (DEO) Asha Munjal whose office completed the entire list of defaulting entities located inside her jurisdiction. The report contained the list of all those schools which were neither registered with the state government nor affiliated to any education board. The list was subsequently forwarded to the state education department for further legitimate action.
The state government dutifully completed its entrusted duty and issued notices to the enlisted schools after going through the reports forwarded by the DEO. The schools have been instructed to complete the entire formalities and paperwork within the next 15 days failing which they will surely be shut down without further warnings being served.
The district education department’s report found 132 schools in Karnal which were previously given time to complete their official formalities. As their applications were already under process, they were allocated a deadline till March 31, 2014. But another 143 schools did not comply with the norms unlike others. They neither possessed government recognition nor affiliation from any education board hence violating the deadline stipulated by the government. As a result, the government has issued the fresh ultimatum to the schools on this regard threatening them of dire consequences.
The institutes have primarily been asked by the state education department to secure affiliations from any recognized education board across India. Next they have to provide the necessary documents that are needed for seeking approval from the department. The education department would then go through the entire procedural progress and if satisfied, will provide the respective institutes with their required officially recognized status.
Even after much assistance from the state education department, any institution fails to follow the directive within the given deadline, strict and harsh measures await the respective authorities in that case. Besides ordering the closure of the institution, a hefty fine of Rs 15000 to Rs 20000 will be imposed on the school authorities.
Further violators, who continue to run their institution without affiliation or recognition even after the deadline, will face police action. The owners of such institutions will be held responsible and their names would appear in the police complaint registers for violating the government norms.