- Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations
Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations
Formation November 3, 1958 Type Non Governmental Board of School Education Headquarters New Delhi, India Location
C I S C E Pragati House, 3rd Floor, 47-48, Nehru Place,New Delhi - 110019
Official languages English Website cisce.org
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (abbreviated CISCE) is a private, non-governmental board of school education in India. It conducts two examinations in India: the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and the Indian School Certificate (ISC). The CISCE was set up in 1956 at the meeting of the Inter-State Board for Anglo-Indian Education a proposal was adopted for the setting up of an Indian Council to administer the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate's Examinations in India. It is an all-India, but not a government sponsored board (unlike the CBSE and NIOS). It is based in New Delhi.
The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Examination is a K-10 public board examination for students in India who have just completed Class X (equivalent to the first two years of the 4 year High School programme). Seven subjects are to be taken by the candidates, of which four are compulsory and three have a choice of subjects.
Similarly, the Indian School Certificate (ISC) Examination is a K-12 public board examination for those completing Class XII (equivalent to the end of the 4 year High School programme). Candidates must have English and Environmental Education as two of their subjects, and then may choose either three, four or five more subjects to give exams for.
The CISCE does not accept private candidates, and they must come only through the (English medium) schools affiliated to the CISCE. The medium of examination is English, except the Indian language paper. At the end of examination, marks out of 100 are provided in each subject and a separate pass certificate is given containing the equivalent grades (like almost all other Indian educational boards). Note that apart from the CBSE and CISCE, all states in India also have their own state boards for High School education.
In 1952, an All India Certificate Examination Conference was held under the Chairmanship of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Minister for Education. The main purpose of the conference was to consider the replacement of the overseas Cambridge school Certificate Examination by an All India Examination. This set the agenda for the establishment of the Council.
In October 1956 at the meeting of the Inter–State Board for Anglo–Indian Education, a proposal was adopted for the setting up of an Indian Council to administer the University of Cambridge, Local Examinations Syndicate’s Examination in India and, to advise the Syndicate on the best way to adapt its examination to the needs of the country. The inaugural meeting of the Council was held on 3 November 1958.
In December 1967, the Council was registered as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
In 1973, the Council was listed in the Delhi School Education Act 1973, as a body conducting “public” examinations.
The Ethos of the Council
- Trust and fair play
- Minimum monitoring
- Allow schools to evolve own niche - progressive institution
- Needs of the children - renew their objectives
- Freedom to experiment with new ideas and practices - The Schools must continuously evolve - 'You won't skid if you stay in a rut'
- Diversity and plurality - the basic strength for evolution of idea.
- Schools to motivate pupil towards the cultivation of:
- Excellence - The Indian experience
- Values - Spiritual and cultural - to be the bed rock of the educational experience
- Schools to have 'Indian Ethos' and strong roots in the national psyche. Be sensitive to national aspiration.
- Be sensitive to national aspiration.
- The Work
- Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
- Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC)
- Indian School Certificate (ISC), India
- Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), India
- Boards of Education in India
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