The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has kick started a new initiative to help Maharashtra students with their Class XI admission. The move will see the setting up of guidance centers in three cities – Mumbai, Nagpur and Pune. The contact details of these guidance centers by CBSE can be obtained from the official CBSE website.
The move has been designed to help students in the state who have found themselves in the receiving end of a spat between the CBSE and Maharashtra state board. It all started in 2011 when the Maharashtra state board refused to recognize the new school-based Class X exam. The confrontation between the two bodies has left thousands of students in a difficult situation in 2011 as they now can not seek admission into junior colleges in the state.
A temporary solution was reached upon later whereby CBSE students could apply against only those seats that lay vacant in junior colleges after all Common Admission Procedure (CAP).
As a result, an overwhelming proportion of students in cities like Nagpur were opting out of the school-based exam. According to reports, just two per cent of students from CBSE schools appeared in the school-based exam this year.
Therefore, as a temporary solution to the problem, CBSE has offered to set up three guidance centers that will help students explore the different options left at their disposal. Meanwhile, with a new government in power, it is expected that the differences between CBSE and Maharashtra state boards will soon settle once and for all.