Punjab School education board has been a pioneer since its birth in providing quality education to the students. It came up with the Idea of Open schools in Punjab. This initiative of pseb open school is a step to provide a non-formal education to all of them who have not been able to carry on their studies. The people who want to study, but do not have the resources enough to get admission in a formal college. This has been the main reason behind the commencement of pseb open schools. These are majorly study centers, which provide secondary and senior secondary education as per the expediency of students. The Punjab open school education board has initiated a single window program for students so that they can have an easy reach to the improved education system. This is a way, which improves the quality of education as well as the quality of the students.
There is a special wing in the PSEB, which is comprised of four branches, these branches are-
- Academic Branch
- Open School
- Punjabi Cell
- Field Programme
Four different Deputy Directors supervise all of these branches, they are assisted by SMEs and then Project officers. The pseb open school branch caters to most of the out of schoolchildren in Punjab. These students are majorly from the rural areas. There are many Adarsh Schools, which are run by the pseb board, and they are well supported by the staff of this Open school wing. The annual expenditure of board on these schools is around four crore Rs. In order to maintain the quality of education, the Punjab open school education board always keeps linked with National Council of Educational Research and Training in New Delhi and State Council of Educational Research and Training in Chandigarh. This activity is done to make the necessary amendments in the open schools’ syllabus and updating the textbooks, followed by the guidelines by NCERT and its sister concerns, which look after the Educational & learning activities in the State.
The pseb open school is an extolling step in order to reach out to those who are denied of a quality education either because of the lack of time or because of other resources. The central board of secondary education has praised the Punjab open school education system for this remarkable achievement. The count of staff in Adarsh schools is more than 200 now, which shows that the Open school branch of Punjab School Education Board is taking it seriously and showing the way to other Academic organizations to come forward and join hands for the betterment of education system in India.