New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education has asked the schools affiliated to it not to indulge in commercial activities by way of selling of text books, note books, stationary items, uniforms etc. 

The CBSE issued the new advisory following complaints received from parents and other stakeholders that still schools are indulging in commercial activities by way of selling of books and uniforms etc within the school premises or through selected vendors.

Taking these complaints on a serious note, the CBSE said, "Educational Institutions are not commercial establishments and their sole purpose is to provide quality education."

"CBSE Affiliation Bye-Laws mandates that the society/Trust/Company registered under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 shall ensure that the school is run as a community service and not as a business and that commercialization does not take place in the school in any shape whatsoever," stated in the release. 

The schools are directed to desist from the unhealthy practice of coercing parents to buy text books other than NCERT books, note books, stationary, uniforms, shoes, school bags etc from within the premise or from selected vendors only.