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The Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE, decided to conduct a Virtual Inspection of Schools (VIOS) for “Upgradation of Affiliation”, as physical inspections of schools were not possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The board also decided that, all inspections will be completed within 10 days of the formation of the inspection committee for each school.

Our School had applied with the CBSE for Upgrading our School to Senior Secondary Level. Accordingly, we received an email from the CBSE informing us about the constitution of the Inspection Committee of 3 members among whom 2 are to conduct the inspection.

Our Principal, Fr. Maxim D’souza contacted the IC member and finalized a team of two. Mrs. A Suguna Devi, Principal, Sh Sarasswathi Vidyhaah Mandheer School, Tamil Nadu and Mr. Bhoopesh Kumar, Principal, Delhi Public School, Uttarakhand, were the two IC members to be conducting the Virtual Inspection of our School.

Although we were having all the facilities required for an “Upgradation”, we were quite nervous on how to prepare ourselves for the Virtual Inspection on Microsoft Teams. Once the team for Inspection was finalized, our Principal, Fr. Maxim D’souza contacted the IC Members appointed by CBSE and the fixed the date for Virtual Inspection for 04th September, 2020 at 10:00AM.

The Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) was sent to us prior to the inspection. Based on the guidelines mentioned in the SOP, our Principal, Fr. Maxim D’souza, prepared a videography with voice over, covering the school infrastructure, library and view of school boundary wall in continuity with school campus and playground, toilet facilities, all additional class rooms / labs relevant for upgradation. The video was uploaded in our school YouTube channel and in our school website. The link of the video along with few important documents were sent to the Inspection Committee Members two days in advance from the date of inspection.

A mock virtual inspection to acquaint ourselves with the new system of inspection was conducted on 31st August 2020 at 10 AM, with Mrs. Radha Prabhu, Principal of Dr. NSAM Eng Med High School, Nitte helping us as the mock Inspector. This helped us immensely and finally, we were all set for the final inspection.

On 04th September, 2020 at 10:00 AM our Principal, Fr. Maxim D’souza along with our Technicians were ready on Microsoft Teams on the IPAD. All precautions in view of the pandemic were taken and systems were put in place. The inspection started sharp at 10:00 AM from our School Main Gate presenting all the facilities including Display Board, Boundary, Parking and other open area, playground with outdoor sports facilities, Indoor Games Hall, all the laboratories, Library, Toilets, Drinking Water, Fire Safety Equipment, Aerial view of the Campus, Special Educator, Clinic, Counsellor and the Document verification through the screen. In-between the IC members were also interacting with concerned subject teachers and were asking questions related to the subjects.

The inspection came to an end at around 01:15 PM. It was a great learning experience with IC Members Mrs. A Suguna Devi, from Tamil Nadu and Mr. Bhoopesh Kumar from Uttarakhand, both Principals were very cooperative and helpful throughout the entire process of the Virtual Inspection.

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