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Terms Used in the Indian Education System

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The Indian education system is vast and complex, with various terms specific to its functioning and structure. Understanding these terms can help demystify the system and provide valuable insight for students, educators, and anyone interested in educational structures in India.

CBSE
The Central Board of Secondary Education is a national level board of education in India for public and private schools, controlled and managed by the Union Government of India.

Rohan is preparing for his CBSE exams that are scheduled next month.

ICSE
The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education is an examination conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, a private board of school education in India.

My cousin’s school follows the ICSE curriculum, which emphasizes on detailed study and assessments.

IITs
The Indian Institutes of Technology are autonomous public technical universities located across India and are among the most reputable institutes for engineering and technology education.

She dreams of getting into an IIT for her graduate studies in engineering.

AICTE
The All India Council for Technical Education is the statutory body and a national-level council for technical education in India.

The engineering course got AICTE approval, making it a recognized degree across the nation.

UGC
The University Grants Commission is a statutory body set up by the Indian Government for the coordination, determination, and maintenance of standards of higher education.

Our college recently received a grant from the UGC for the research in renewable energy resources.

NCERT
The National Council of Educational Research and Training is an organization that assists and advises the Central and State Governments on academic matters related to school education.

NCERT textbooks are recommended for a solid foundation in various subjects.

SSC
The Secondary School Certificate is a public examination in India, conducted by various boards of education including CBSE and other state boards for students of Grade 10.

He passed his SSC exams with flying colors and is now considering which stream to choose for his higher secondary education.

HSC
The Higher Secondary Certificate, also known as HSSC, is a public examination taken by students of Intermediate college in India, after completing their higher secondary schooling in grade 12.

Now that she has completed her HSC, she’s looking at different universities for her undergraduate program.

NEET
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is an entrance examination in India for students who wish to study undergraduate medical courses and dental courses in government or private medical colleges in India.

Raj is preparing hard for NEET; he’s very passionate about becoming a doctor.

JEE
The Joint Entrance Examination is an engineering entrance assessment conducted for admission to various engineering colleges in India. It comprises two different examinations: JEE Main and JEE Advanced.

After securing a good rank in JEE Main, Ananya is now gearing up for the JEE Advanced examinations.

NAAC
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council is an organization that assesses and accredits higher education institutions in India.

Our university is striving for the highest NAAC grading to ensure quality education and enhanced reputation.

Understanding these terms can provide learners and educators alike a clearer picture of the framework within which the Indian education system operates. Knowledge of these terms also enables potential international students or educators to assess and engage with India’s educational offerings with greater confidence and understanding.

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