Central Board of Secondary Education is one of the biggest education boards in India and is responsible for managing the curriculum and exams in all the schools affiliated with it. Recently, there has been a major reshuffle in the CBSE. The central government has recently appointed a new Chairman for the CBSE. The New Chairman is Mr. Manoj Ahuja who is a 1990 batch Odisha cadre officer. His appointment is one of the nineteen appointments recently approved by the central government. Mr. Manoj Ahuja is presently working as the Special Director for the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration with the Department of Personnel and Training.
A Lot On Hand For The New Chairman
Due to the nationwide Lockdown, CBSE has recently had its hands full with numerous challenges. Now, that a new Chairman has been appointed, it is yet to be seen how the CBSE copes with the challenges on hand. Mr. Manoj Ahuja will be replacing Ms Anita Karwal, who has recently been appointed as the Secretary, Department of Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development. While announcing the appointment of Mr. Ahuja as the new Chairman, CBSE tweeted on 12th May 2020 that,
“CBSE gets new Chairman Shri Manoj Ahuja, IAS (OR:90), Special Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Department of Personnel and Training has been appointed as Chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education today @DrRPNishank @PIB_India @PTI_News.”
Challenges Facing CBSE In The Wake Of The Lockdown
Due to the lockdown, board exams for class 10th and 12th students got postponed, and as a result, several exams were left to be conducted. The exams kept on getting postponed as the lockdown kept on getting extended. Now, that the dates for the pending CBSE Board Exams have been announced by the HRD Ministry, Mr. Ahuja will now have to ensure smooth organization for the 10th and 12th class board exams. The new date sheet has now yet been released, but it has been informed that the exams will be conducted between 1st to 15th July 2020.
The major challenge for the board would be to complete the evaluation process in the wake of the lockdown and social distancing norms. Many evaluation centres are falling in the red zone, so getting them working during the lockdown will be a huge challenge. CBSE needs to develop a roadmap for the evaluation process immediately because it would anyways take some time to declare the results.
The new academic session in universities in India will be starting in August, as per recommendations of UGC and AICTE. So, it is important that the results for CBSE Board Exams 2020 are declared as soon as possible so that the universities also get time for completing the admission process.