Inter State Board for Anglo Indian Education

The Inter State Board for Anglo Indian Educations origin can be traced way back to 1935 when it was  established as the Inter Provincial Board for European and Anglo Indian Education. Its purpose primarily was to ensure as far as possible uniformity of educational standards and coordination of European, Eurasian and Anglo Indian schools education throughout   India and to make recommendations to provincial governments on matters of common interest such as classification of subjects, transfer of scholars, agreements with teachers curricula and examinations and to provide means by which provinces may cooperate for the improvement of school education e.g. in the training of teachers. Further to keep Provinces informed of special developments in European and Anglo Indian education in provinces e.g. vocational education.

In 1947 after Mr. Frank Anthony was elected Chairman he suggested the word Provincial be replaced by State and the word European be dropped, hence the Inter State Board for Anglo Indian Education was established on 10th January 1948.

The Inter State Board Introduced the Overseas (School Cambridge Examination conducted by the University of Cambridge local Examination Syndicate Cambridge, England. In 1948 the government decided to drop the Overseas Cambridge Exam but Mr. Frank Anthony approached Shri Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to take over the Cambridge Examination.

In 1952 an All India Certificate Examination Conference was held under the Chairmanship of Shri Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Minister of Human Resources and Education. The main purpose was to consider replacing the Overseas Examination by an All India Examination. In October 1956 at the meeting of The Inter State Board for Anglo Education, a proposal was adopted for the setting up of an Indian Council to administer the University of Cambridge, Local Examinations and Syndicates Examinations in India and to advise the Syndicate on the best way to adapt its Examinations to the needs of the country.

From its very inception the Inter-State Board for Anglo-Indian Education has been a pioneer in developing new curriculum, introducing and launching new scheme of studies spearheading and setting in motion the Continuous Comprehensive Assessment and Evaluation Systems. The emphasis has been on laying a strong foundation for pupils appearing for the ICSE & ISC Examinations by suggesting a curriculum framework for English medium schools effectively applied for over sixty years the syllabus for both classes 1 to VIII and Trained Teachers Undergraduates Courses/Colleges. It has helped to bring about uniformity in English medium Education by suggesting the minimum levels of learning as well as in curricular, co-curricular, extracurricular and essential needs of children studying in English medium schools, always keeping abreast with education policies recommended by various Commissions like the Kothari Commission , Ishwarbhai Commission, NCERT, National Curriculum Framework 2005 and onwards for the country.

Presently , the Board has revised and updated the syllabus for classes I to VIII in the subjects English, Mathematics, Environmental Studies, Sciences, Social Studies and Art and Craft to make classroom transactions exhibit greater relevance and relate more closely to the experiences of pupils. The revised syllabus also includes Hindi Language and Literature, Life Skills, Value Education and Computer Science. The Syllabus may be introduced from the Academic Year 2016.

To remove the lacunae which seem to exist in the teaching and learning process the Board has decided to conduct SAGE (Students Assessment Grading and Evaluation) for pupils of Classes 3 to 8 in various subjects taught at this level. SAGE is a scientifically designed Assessment tool to test Pupils Knowledge, Concepts as well as Academic and Social Skills. Rather than testing rote learning it focuses on measuring how well skills and Concepts, underlying the school syllabus have been imbibed by the pupils. It not only provided detailed data and information on strengths and weaknesses of individual pupils in these domains, but also firmly points towards areas of improvement for teachers school managements and policy makers.

The Board is in the process of updating ‘The Anglo Indian Edition’ a journal which provides a broad outline of the Anglo Indian School in India and also other important schools in the country affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations. It would also focus on messages, vision, thrusts and practices during the past academic year at various conferences, forumns and meetings in the country.

In 2016 the Board will be bringing out a comprehensive document on English and its usage as well as a new syllabus on Skill Development/Vocational Skills for pupils of class VI to VIII. A guide for Teachers on Homework and to increase a teacher’s competency in his /her subject as well as class room teaching the Board would be conducting workshops on key subjects in the country.