In a recent announcement by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), the position of the new head of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been taken over by IAS officer Mr. Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi.
Mr. R K Chaturvedi from the Madhya Pradesh cadre will be the new chief of CBSE until 2020.
The official letter of DoPT stated that in view of the proposal, the competent authority in the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) conveyed that the position of the Head Chief of CBSE be filled under the Central Staffing Scheme (CSS) keeping the recruitment rules in order.
The post of the head chief of CBSE was vacant for over a year and a half and has finally been filled after PM Modi denied authority to former HRD Minister Smriti Irani. This was the second time her plea was rejected stating that she did not have the basic qualification to be considered for the same.
After the cabinet reshuffle, Smriti Irani was given the Textile Ministry, and Prakash Javadekar was appointed as the new HRD Minister.
CBSE is an Education Board that was set up under the Union Government of India for public and private schools. All the Kendriya Vidyalayas, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, public and private schools (approved by Government of India) are affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education. CBSE also conducts examinations such as Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT), National Eligibility Test (NET) etc. It is also regarded as the largest exam conducting body in the world. Presently, CBSE has 10 regional offices in cities like Delhi, Guwahati, Patna, Dehradun, Ajmer etc.