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The Board of Secondary Education was established in 1951 under an Act of the State Legislature called
the West Bengal Secondary Education Act of 1950.
The Board was inaugurated by the then Governor of West Bengal Dr.K.N.Katju on 3rd May 1951 and
the Board started functioning under the Chairmanship of Sri Apurba Kumar Chanda. The basic task
before the Board was twofold.To regulate, control and develop secondary education of the State.To conduct the School Final Examination.
Previously this was done by Calcutta University. The Board was subsequently renamed as West Bengal
Board of Secondary Education in 1964, under the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education Act
During its long history the Board was superseded by the State Govt. twice. The first instance was from
1954 to 1963 (Bengal Secondary Education (Temporary Provisions) Ordinance 1954) and the second
occasion arose from 1978 to 1980. The Board, an autonomous body, in its present look came into
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The operational ambit of the Board has increased manifold over the years. In 1951 the Board started its
journey with 1270 high schools taken over from Calcutta University which increased to 2312 by the
end of 1963 and to more than 8000 by the, end of 1975 including some schools outside the territorial
jurisdiction of the State. Presently the Board is handling around 10238 numbers of schools.
With the increase in the number of recognized schools, the examinees appearing in the Secondary
Examination (School Leaving Examination with a general syllabus) have increased. In 1952, the Board
handled only 42000 examinees, which increased to more than five lakhs in 1976 and in 2006 this figure
jumped to nearly 8 lakhs.
Over the years, the Board has also taken up the publication of text books for different classes as well
according approval to books from private authors and publishers for their introduction in different
schools including books in Santhali (a tribal language), Nepali and Urdu catering to specific linguistic
demands. The research and review of text books are done by panels of independent experts to ensure
strict quality control and maintain standard.
To cater to the ever increasing demand, the Board time and again has restructured the syllabi with the
help of independent panel of experts(the latest effort in this regard has been taken in 1999) and has also
introduced new additional subjects to cope with the demand of modern times .
Subjects like Information Technology, Computer Application and Hardware Management are being
offered as additional subjects in the schools. The board also conducts teachers' orientation to equip
them with the changes in the syllabi and teaching techniques.
Subject specific such teacher empowerment is a continuous process. New emerging issues are also
being fittingly addressed as done in Life-Style Education and environmental studies.
From 1989, the examination system has been computerized and the Board is in the process of total
computerization of works. Further the Board has also embarked upon total archiving of records and
their digitization from 2006 to endow the Board with modern and state-of-the-art look.Read More About :- ICSE Previous Years Question Papers BoB ao ra dr s.s EduEd ru ir tet .e c. oc mPage : 2/3