Punjab School Education Board came into being under an Act of Legislation on 25 th November,1969, amended in 1987, 2000 and 2005. It was setup by the Government of Punjab to administer curriculum taught in public schools in Punjab state and to conduct standardised examinations beside conduct teacher training, administration of scholarships, publishing of text-books. The headquarter of the Board is in SAS Nagar (Mohali), near Chandigarh.
It conducts the following Examinations
Middle Standard Examination
Senior Secondary Examination
Senior Secondary - Open School
Matriculation - Open School
The Board consists the following members at the topmost Hierarchy
Director - Academic
Controller Of Exams
Joint Director Publishing
This wing comprises of four major branches i.e. Academic Branch, Open School , Punjabi Cell and Field Programme. which are being supervised by four Deputy Directors who in turn are assisted by Subject Experts and Project Officers. The academic wing is headed by the Director Academics . Besides preparing the syllabi and text-books for the school classes, this wing organises educational competitions for the school children. The Open School Branch caters to the educational needs of the out of school children of the state. To provide quality education to the rural children, 9 Adarsh Schools run by the Board, are also being looked after by this wing. Board spends Rs. 4 crore annually to run these schools. One of the responsibilities of this wing is to keep a liaison with the NCERT, New Delhi , SCERT and other sister organisations involved in similar educational activities at the National/ State levels to make periodical changes and update the text-books as per the latest thinking on different educational issues.
Publication of Text Books
This wing is headed by Deputy Director and assisted by the publication Officers, Assistant publication Officers and other supporting staff. The responsibility of this wing is to engage the private printing presses to get the text-books printed. At present, there are 210 titles apart from the other publications like syllabi, guidebooks.
Sale of Text Books
The Board has established text-books sale depots at District and some Tehsil levels. At present there are 21 text-books sale depots. This wing is headed by a Deputy Secretary who is assisted by Senior Managers at head office and managers at district level/ tehsil levels. The depots are dealing with the sale of textbooks, admission forms and syllabi for different classes. There are 2504 sale agencies which procure the books, admission forms and syllabi from the depots on commission basis.
This wing is headed by the Controller of Examinations assisted by Deputy Secretaries and Assistant Secretaries. The responsibility of this wing is to conduct the Matriculation and +2 examinations, to get evaluate the answer-books and to declare results and to issue certificates etc.. This wing supervise about 4000 examination centers all over the state. To ensure copying free conduct of examinations different flying squads headed by D.E.O. and other officers of Board and Education Department are deputed to check the copying. To stop the outside interference help of police is sought and section 144 of Cr. P. C. is also activated.
This wing is headed by the Deputy Secretary assisted by Assistant Secretaries and Superintendents. The responsibility of this wing is to conduct the Middle standard examination, to get evaluate the answer-books and to declare results and to issue certificates etc..
This wing is headed by the Secretary assisted by the Finance & Development Officer, Joint Secretary, Deputy Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries etc. This wing deals with the Establishment and Administration. The responsibility of the Finance & Development Officer is to maintain accounts of the Board and their profitable investments and to prepare budget.
Board Scholarship and Affiliation
The Board gives merit scholarships to meritorious students @ one student per 1000 students. These scholarships are given only to those students who are not covered by the national/state scholarships. Scholarships are provided to class VIII, X, +2
At present there are 2490 Schools affiliated to the Punjab School Education Board.
Powers and functions
(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Board shall exercise and perform the following powers and functions, namely :—
(i) prescribe the syllabi, courses of the studies and text books for school education;
(ii) organize research for grading of textual vocabulary and arrange for regular revision of text books and other books;
(iii) hold examinations for school education, publish the results of such examinations and grant certificates to the persons, who have passed such examinations;
(iv) admit to the examinations, on the prescribed conditions, candidates, who have pursued the prescribed courses of instructions, whether in affiliated institutions or otherwise. However; any change in the prevalent conditions shall be made with the prior approval of the State Government;
(v) cause enquiries to be made through such agency and in such manner, as may be prescribed regarding the conditions prevailing in an institution before it is admitted to the privileges of the Board and require such agency to inspect affiliated institutions and submit a report to the Board as to how for the . conditions and restrictions on which the institution was admitted to the privileges of the Board, are being complied with;
(vi) prescribe penalties for misconduct pertaining to examinees, examiners and other persons engaged in the conduct of examinations;
(yii) appoint examiners and supervisory staff and fix their enumeration;
(viii) lay down conditions and restrictions for admission of candidates to the examinations ;
(ix) organize and provide lectures, demonstrations, educational tours, exhibitions, seminars and symposia and take such other measures, as may be necessary to raise and promote the quality and standard of school teaching and education ;
(x) submit annual audited accounts and balance sheets together with the report of the Board to the State Government not later than the 30th September of the next year and publish such accounts and balance sheets in the official Gazette ;
(xi) give grants to the State Council of Educational Research and Training for educational activities and research work;
(xii) institute and award scholarships, medals and prizes;
(xiii) fix, demand and receive such fees and other charges, as may be prescribed ;
(xiv) hold any property and receive bequests, donations, endowments, trusts and transfer of any property or interest therein or right thereto ;
(xv) prescribe measures for the intellectual, physical, moral and ethical promotion and for social welfare of students in affiliated institutions and the conditions of their residence and discipline ;
(xvi) encourage sports and health-building activities ;
(xvii) take measures for the welfare of teachers of affiliated institutions and employees of the Board;
(xviii) do such other acts and things, as it may deem fit for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act.
(2) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Board shall exercise and perform the following powers and functions with the prior approval of the State Government, namely :-
(a) arrange for the preparation, writing, compilation, printing, publishing and sale of text books, other educational material and undertake the publication of any other educational work, book or periodicals. However, copyright of any material developed, published, printed by the Board, shall vest with the State Government; and
(b) prescribe conditions for affiliation of institutions in terms of teachers and their qualifications, curriculum, equipments, buildings and other educational: facillities". For more details :