"The 12 agencies have been empanelled by the Board on the basis of a request for proposal, and after fulfilling several terms and conditions put forward by the Board," Rama Sharma, CBSE's chief public relation officer told IANS.
The accreditation is compulsory for all CBSE schools in India and abroad. Earlier, there was only a process of voluntary accreditation handled by the state-run Quality Council of India (QCI).
The accreditation will be awarded once the schools meet the domains of infrastrucutre, innovation, academics and others.
Sharma said that the board would closely monitor and preview the report of each agency before giving accreditation. "The board has taken this decision purely to surge the quality of education and sustaining it," she said.
The schools will have to pay an accreditation fee of Rs.15,000, which will be renewed every three years. CBSE is the board of education for public and private schools and conducts final examinations for Class 10 and 12.
It also annually conducts the All India Engineering Examination (AIEEE) and All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) exam for admission to undergraduate courses in engineering, architecture and medical colleges respectively.
CBSE not to register schools without websites.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Monday warned schools that it would not register Class 9 and Class 11 students if they failed to build their school's website, an official said.
In October 2010, the board had sent a circular to schools to develop a website and update information about the school and the management.
"As some schools are still to implement the direction of the board, we have linked the compliance by the school with the registration of Class 9 and Class 11 students' registration," Rama Sharma, CBSE's public relation manager, told IANS.
The information to be provided on websites include affiliation status, infrastructure details, names and designations of teachers and their salaries, class-wise enrollment of students and details of the school management committee.
"If students are denied registration, the school and the management will be solely held responsible," added Sharma.