The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) is a national-level board of school education in India. It conducts the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education and the Indian School Certificate examinations for Class X and Class XII respectively. It was established in 1958. Over 2,100 schools in India and abroad are affiliated to the CISCE.
This Indian Council was set up on the grounds that a board was required to administer the examinations being conducted in India by the University of Cambridge and to optimally tailor them according to the nation’s need. The future education policies were prepared under the aegis of Cambridge University.
In 1952, an All India Certificate Examinations 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 3rd 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 Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations conducts three examinations, namely,
- The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE –Class X)
- The Indian School Certificate (ISC – ClassXII)
- The Certificates in Vocational Education (CVE – Year 12)
The subject choices and syllabuses prescribed for these examinations are varied and aimed at nurturing the unique gifts of individual pupils
- The Council carries out training on
- a gamut of educational concerns, geared towards improving
- teaching practices in the classroom
- new syllabi thrust or managerial skills in education
- Requests for training may be made to the Council’s office
- The Council’s website provided the results of the ICSE and ISC March 1999, examinations. A first by any board in India. The provision showcased the Council as a pacesetting organization world-wide.
|Board||Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations|
|Formation||3 November 1958|
|Moto||Committed to Equality and Excellence in Education|