Start a school in India, not an easy business!! Even before you lay down the first brick for the building, you need to seek a series of permission and approval from a whole host of government departments. And given the state of affairs in our country, it’s a herculean task to smoothly sail through this maze of government offices and start a school in India. However, a thorough research and expert guidance can help you manage this stage in a relatively smoother way.

In this blog, I shall try and list down all the permissions and approvals which are required to start a school in India. We shall try and enumerate the details of the permissions required in a chronological order of stages at which these will be required.

  • As per the Government of India directives, only a charitable organization or group can operate a formal educational institute in India. Thus, a formation of a Society, Trust or a Company under section 8 is the first step required to start a school in India.
  • Once the trust formation is done, we need to open a bank account in the name of society/ trust/ section 8 company.
  • Given the infrastructure norms for setting up a school (By CBSE/ICSE & State Boards), acquisition of land is the first step in the process of executing a school project. Land for a school can be either be purchased or leased. A Sale deed or lease deed is required to be furbished for all approvals and permissions.  In case of a lease, it should be in the name of the school (Trust or Society) and for a minimum duration of 30 years.
  • The Location Maps, Site Survey Report, and Building plans need to be approved by the concerned local authority.
  • Once the Land and Building Documents are in place, the school can proceed with Affiliation process with the state board. The affiliation norms vary from state to state in terms of their infrastructure requirements, guidelines for recruitment of teachers, Salaries, and wages etc.
  • Registration and permission from EPF & ESIC, as all schools are expected to adhere to the 7th pay commission for the salary paid to academic and administrative staff.
  • Affiliation to be taken from CBSE.
    1. No objection certificate from the state board.
    2. Affidavit of non- proprietary character of society.
    3. Building safety certificate.
    4. Health and sanitation certificate
    5. Police verification report of the entire staff of the school.
    6. Fire safety certificate.
    7. Safety audit report from the local police department.

Post submission of the documents for affiliation, a school has to go through a physical inspection by a committee appointed by CBSE and a serious of documents need to be kept ready for the same which I shall describe in another blog post.


Should you need any further assistance in executing the above tasks and process across the department, Credence Edutech can assist you with expert guidance and handholding for carrying out all the tasks. And if you have any questions or queries, feel free to post in the comments below.


A Brief about Credence Edutech –

Credence Edutech is a 360* school set up and management company. Over the course of existence since 2012, we have established 14 international schools (Affiliated to CBSE/ICSE/IGCSE Boards) across the country.

We have worked with brands like Delhi Public School, Arihant International Academy, Faith Foundation Global Schools, Kothari International Dream School, Samyak Global School.

Over the years, We launched our own brands “Faith Foundation Global Schools” and “Credence International Schools” which have successfully operational schools in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. We are expanding our school franchise network across India and looking for aspiring edupreneurs who are passionate about making a difference to the educational landscape of the country.

Sudhir Kukreja
Credence Edutech, Mumbai

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