CABE – Central Advisory Board of Education

The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) is the highest advisory body in the subject of education, advising both the federal and state governments. It is the Government of India’s oldest and most prominent educational advising organization. It was founded in 1920 and disbanded in 1923 because of a financial crisis. It was revived in 1935 and has been in operation ever since. The Calcutta University Commission proposed the establishment of a central Advisory Board of Education (1917-19).

Origin of the Board

The Calcutta University Commission (1917-19) proposed a Central Advisory Board of Education because it believed “that the Government of India could perform an invaluable function by defining the general aims of educational policy, by giving advice and assistance to local governments, and to the development of educational ideas in the various provinces, and also elsewhere than in India.”

Members of the Board

Functions of CABE

  • To periodically assess educational development.
  • To assess the extent and manner in which the education policy has been implemented by the Central and State Governments, as well as other relevant authorities, and to provide the necessary advice.
  • To provide guidance on the coordination of educational development efforts between the Central and State Governments/UT Administrations, State Governments, and non-governmental organizations in accordance with the education policy.
  • To advise on its own initiative or in response to a referral from the Central Government, any State Government, or any Union Territory Administration, on any educational issue.

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