Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board Act, 2015
(Act VI of 2015)
[26 February 2015]
to provide for
the establishment of the Punjab Curriculum
and Textbook Board.
Whereas it is expedient
to make arrangements for the formulation and implementation of curricula;
development and approval of textbooks, manuscripts and supplementary reading
material relating to textbooks; production of reference and research
material in respect of the problems relating to the schemes of studies and
preparation of textbooks and such other conduct of research in the field of
curricula, textbooks and other reading material; and, to provide for
It is enacted as
1. Short title,
extent and commencement.–
(1) This Act may be cited as the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board Act
(2) It extends to
the whole of the Punjab.
(3) It shall come
into force at once.
In this Act:---
Council” means the Advisory Council constituted under the Act;
(b) “agency means” any
department or organization or directorate of the Government and includes a
corporation or other autonomous or semi-autonomous body set up by the
(c) “Board” means
Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board established under the Act;
(d) “Committee” means
a committee of the Board;
(e) “Director” means
the head of a wing of the Board appointed by the Government;
(f) “Fund” means
Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board Fund;
(g) “Government” means
Government of the Punjab;
means a school or an intermediate college and includes such other
educational establishment or organization in public or private sector as
the Government may, by notification, declare as an institution;
Director” means the Managing Director of the Board;
(j) “member” means a
member of the Board;
(k) “prescribed” means
prescribed by rules or regulations made under the Act;
mean the regulations framed under the Act;
(m) “rules” mean the
rules made under the Act;
(n) “Secretary” means
the secretary of the Board;
material” includes guides, guess papers , get through guides or any other
reading material ancillary to a textbook, supports implementation and
enhancement of learning given in curricula and which is printed, published
or sold by any person or agency with the prior permission of the Board; and
(p) “textbook” means a
book or work developed in accordance with the curricula.
(1) There shall be established a Board to be known as Punjab Curriculum and
Textbook Board for carrying out the purposes of this Act.
(2) The Board
shall be a body corporate, shall have power to acquire, hold and transfer
property, shall have perpetual succession and common seal and shall by the
said name sue and be sued.
organizational set-up of the Board shall, amongst others, consist of the
following five job specific wings:---
(e) Finance Wing;
(4) A Wing of the
Board shall be headed by a Director.
(5) The Board
shall consist of the following:---
(b) Secretary to the
Government, Finance Department or his nominee not below the rank of an
(c) Secretary to the
Government, School Education Department or his nominee not below the rank of
an Additional Secretary.
(d) Secretary to the
Government, Higher Education Department or his nominee not below the rank of
an Additional Secretary;
(e) Secretary to the
Government, Literacy Department or his nominee not below the rank of an
(f) Chairman, Punjab
Examination Commission or his nominee not below the rank of officer BS-19;
(g) Chairman, Punjab
Education Foundation or his nominee not below the rank of officer BS-19;
Director, Directorate of Staff Development;
(i) a Chairman Board
of Intermediate and Secondary Education to be nominated by the Minister for
(j) five persons
including at least two women, from amongst the academicians, professionals
and technocrats, having known and certified expertise relating to curricula
and textbooks development;
(k) three teachers of
schools, one from public sector and one from private sector including at
least one female teacher;
(m) a member of the
Provincial Assembly who is an academician, professional or a technocrat
having known expertise relating to curricula or textbooks development.
and duties of members.– (1) The Government shall
appoint the Chairperson and members other than the ex-officio
Chairperson or a member other than an ex-officio member shall:---
(a) hold officer
for a term of three years unless he resigns or removed from office by the
Government before the expiry of his tenure;
(b) be eligible
(c) receive such
allowances as the Government may determine; and
(d) perform such
duties and functions as are assigned under the Act, rules and regulations.
(3) A person
appointed as chairperson or member shall divest himself of any other
directorship or other interest held by him in any corporation, company or
concern which has any dealing with the Board.
(4) No act or
proceedings of the Board shall be invalid merely on the ground of the
existence of any vacancy or any defect in the constitution of the Board.
TheGovernment shall appoint the Managing Director who shall be the
chief executive officer of the Board and who shall work under the general
supervision of the Board.
Disqualification and removal.– (1) No person shall be
or shall continue to be the chairperson, member or Managing Director who
(a) convicted of
any offence involving moral turpitude; or
as an insolvent; or
(c) declared a
lunatic or a person of unsound mind; or
from the service of
Government may, by order in writing, remove the Chairperson, member or
Managing Director, if he:---
(a) refuses or
fails to discharge or becomes, in the opinion of the Government,
incapable of discharging his responsibilities under this Act; or
(b) has, in the
opinion of the Government, abused his position; or
(c) has knowingly
acquired or continued to hold without the permission in writing of the
Government, directly or indirectly, or through a partner, any share or
interest in any contract or employment with or by or on behalf of the Board
or in any land on property which, in his knowledge, is likely to benefit or
has benefited as a result of the operations of the Board.
of the Board.– (1) The Board shall meet
at such time and place and in such manner as may be prescribed.
The Chairperson shall preside over a meeting of the Board and in his
absence, members present shall elect a member to preside the meeting of the
(3) Seven members
shall be present to constitute a quorum at a meeting of the Board.
(4) Each member
shall have one vote, but in the event of equal votes, the Chairperson shall
have a second or casting vote.
(5) The minutes
of every meeting of the Board stating among other things the names of the
members present, shall be drawn-up and recorded in a book to be kept for the
purpose, and shall be signed by the person presiding the meeting, and such
book shall be open to inspection with the prior permission of the
(6) All decisions
of the Board shall be authenticated under the signatures of the Chairperson
and the Managing Director.
The Board shall have an Advisory Council consisting of the following as its
(a) Chairperson of the Board;
Director and Directors;
(c) Directors of
Public Instructions in the Punjab and the
Programme Director of Directorate of staff Development, Chief Executive
Officer of Punjab Education Commission;
(d) Chairmen of
the Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education in the
Vice-Chancellor of a University in the Punjab
to be nominated by the Government for a term of three years; and
curriculum experts including at least one woman to be nominated by the
Government for a term of the three years.
(2) Five member
present shall constitute the quorum for a meeting of the Advisory Council.
Chairperson of the Board shall preside the meeting and, in his absence,
members present shall elect a member to preside the meeting of the Advisory
(4) The Advisory
Council shall advise the Board in the performance of its functions under
9. Power and
functions of the Board.–
(1) The Board may take such measures and exercise such powers as it
considers necessary or expedient for carrying out the purposes of this Act.
prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, the Board may:---
(a) undertake any
(b) incur any
(c) procure plant,
machinery and material required for its use;
(d) acquire by
purchase, lease, exchange or otherwise any material or machinery or any
interest therein; and
(e) enter into and
perform all such contracts as it may consider necessary or expedient for
purposes of this Act.
(3) The Board
shall prepare and execute schemes pertaining to any of the following
(a) implementation of
the educational policies of the Government in respect of the curricula,
textbook manuscripts, development, approval, production and publication of
the text-books and supplementary material;
implementation, evaluation and updating of curricula;
(c) preparation of
schemes of studies ,curricula, manuscripts of the textbooks and schedules or
strategy for its introduction in various classes of an institution;
(d) approval of
manuscripts of the textbook and supplementary material produced by a person
or an agency before they are prescribed in various classes of an
(e) arrangement for
the development, production and publication of textbook and supplementary
material relating to the textbooks;
(f) laying down
specification to regulate and control production, printing, publication and
sale of textbooks and other supplementary material;
(g) production of
reference and research material relating to the problems of curricula and
preparation of textbooks;
(h) regulate and
control printing, publication and sale of textbooks and supplementary
(i) control of the
policy relating to the distribution of text-books and supplementary
material, and the appointment of agencies for that purpose;
(j) holding of
training courses for the compilers and reviewers of curricula and writers of
(k) holding workshops
and seminars for effective use of text-books and supplementary materials;
(l) conduct of
research in curricula, textbooks and supplementary materials;
(m) exhibitions of
textbooks and supplementary materials;
(n) maintenance of a
library including mobile library; and
(o) implementation of
general policy of the Government relating to performance of its functions.
(1) No person shall, except with the prior approval of the Board, print,
publish, sell or prescribe in an institution any textbook or supplementary
application for approval to print, publish, sell or prescribe in an
institution a textbook or supplementary material shall be made in such
manner and form and on the payment of such fee as may be prescribed.
(3) The Board may
direct any person to amend, delete or withdraw any portion or the whole of
curriculum, textbook or supplementary material.
(4) The Board may
prohibit any person or agency from producing, printing, publishing, selling
or using in an institution any textbook or supplementary material or any
part of it.
(5) The Board
shall not approve the printing, publication, selling or prescribing in an
institution of any textbook or supplementary material which is or is likely
to be detrimental for examination or assessment purposes, or which contains
anything repugnant to the injunctions of Islam, or contrary to the
integrity, defence or security of Pakistan or any part of Pakistan, public
order or morality.
(6) If the Board
issues a direction or prohibition under subsections (3) or (4) to a person
or an agency, such person or agency shall, within the time specified by the
Board, submit an implementation report to the Board.
(1) The Board may appoint such administrative, financial, technical and
other committees as it may consider necessary.
constitution, functions and duties of the committees shall be such as may be
Board, Advisory Council or a Committee may incite any technical expert or
other person possessing specialized knowledge of any subject for assistance
in the performance of its functions.
13.Policy directions of the Government.– (1) the Government may, in the
prescribed manner, issue policy guidelines and directions to the Board.
(2) Subject to
this Act, in the performance of its functions, the Board shall implement the
education policy of the Government and the guidelines and directions given
to it under subsection (1).
(3) The Managing
Director shall ensure that the general policy, guidelines and directions
received from the Government are faithfully implemented.
14. Offence and
If a person to whom a direction or prohibition has been issued under this
Act, fail to carry out the direct or prohibition, he shall be liable to
punishment of imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or fine
Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law and in addition to
prosecution of the person under subsection (1), the Board may impose or
recommend to the concerned authority any one or more of the following
actions against such person:---
(a) initiation of
disciplinary action for gross misconduct;
(b) revocation of
license or permit or cancellation of any registration pertaining to
printing, publication or sale of any book, newspaper or any other
supplementary reading material under any law; and
the person for registration or grant of any license or permission under any
law relating to printing, publication or sale of any book, newspaper or any
other supplementary reading material for a maximum period of five years.
On conviction for an offence under this Act, all copies of the book
purporting to be the textbook or supplementary material, in respect or which
the offence had been committed, shall stand forfeited to the Board.
16.Cognizance and trial.– (1) No court shall cognizance of an offence
punishable under this Act except on a report in writing made by an officer
of the Board authorized by the purpose.
(2) An offence
under this Act shall be triable by a Magistrate of the first class.
Magistrate competent to try an offence under this section may try offence in
a summary manner in accordance with the provisions of sections 260 to 265 of
the Code of Criminal procedure, 1898 (V of 1898).
17. Officers of
(1) The following shall be the officers of the Board:---
(c) Secretary; and
(d) such other officers as may be appointed by the Board.
(2) The Board may
employ such officers and servants or appoint such whole-time or part-time
experts or consultants as it may consider necessary for the performance of
(1) Subject to subsection (2), the Board may delegate to a committee, the
Managing Director, a Director or any other officer any of its powers, duties
and functions, under this Act and subject to such conditions as it may think
fit to impose.
The Board shall not delegate the following functions:---
(a) frame, amend or repeal regulations;
(b) constitute a committee or fill a vacancy in a committee;
(c) take policy decisions; and
(d) approve the
annual budget, audited accounts and the annual reports.
to be public servants.–
The Managing Director, Directors, officers and servants of the Board shall,
when acting or purporting to act in pursuance of any of the provisions of
this Act, be deemed to be public servants within the meaning of section 21
of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 (XLV of 1860).
20.Fund.– (1) There shall be established a Fund to be known as the
Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board Fund which shall be administered and
controlled by the Board.
(2) The Fund
shall consist of:---
(a) grants from the Government or the Federal Government;
(b) donations or grants
from any person, local, national or international organization or agency;
(c) fees, charges, fines or confiscations under this Act; and
(d) income from any other source.
In the month of April each year, the Managing Director shall submit a
statement of the estimated receipts and expenditure in respect of the next
financial year for approval of the Board.
22.Maintenance of accounts.– (1) The Board shall maintain complete and
accurate books of accounts in such manner and in such form as may be
(2) The Board
shall submit to Government the annual statement of the accounts once a
The Board shall, within three months of the close of a financial year,
submit to the Government an annual report.
report shall consist of:---
(a) the statement of accounts under this Act;
comprehensive statement of the work and activities of the Board during the
preceding financial year and its future plans; and
(c) such other
matters as may be prescribed or as the Board may consider appropriate.
Government shall, as soon may be after the receipt of the report from the
Board, lay the report in Provincial Assembly of the
(1) The Auditor General of
shall annually audit the accounts of the Board.
Government, in addition to the audit under subsection (1), may cause the
accounts of the Board annually audited by a Chartered Accountant or a firm
of Chartered Accountants.
The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules to
carry out the purposes of this Act.
Subject to this Act and the rules, the Board may, by notification in the
official Gazette, frame regulations to give effect to the provisions of the
of acts and orders.–
No suit for damages or other legal proceedings shall be instituted against
the Government, the Board, Advisory Council, Managing Director, any Director
or other employee of the Board in respect of anything done or purported to
have been done in good faith in pursuance of this Act, rules or
Any person, aggrieved by a direction or order of the Board, may, within
thirty days of communication of the direction or order, prefer an appeal to
the Government whose decision on such appeal shall be final.
29. Act to have
The provisions of this Act shall have overriding effect notwithstanding
anything contained in any other law.
30. Repeal and
The Punjab Textbook Board Ordinance, 1962 (XLI of 1962), the West Pakistan
Publication of Books Regulation and Control Ordinance, 1969 (XV of 1969),
the West Pakistan Textbook (Regulation and Control), Ordinance, 1970 (XXVII
of 1970) and the Punjab Curriculum Authority Act, 2012 (XXXXIX of 2012) are
Notwithstanding the repeal of the laws mentioned in subsection (1), anything
done or action taken under any of the repealed law, shall have the effect as
if the thing is done or action taken under the Act.
(3) The Board shall be successor in
interest of the Punjab Textbook Board and the Punjab Curriculum Authority
established under the laws repealed under subsection (1), and all assets and
liabilities of the Punjab Textbook Board and the Punjab Curriculum Authority
and all their employees shall stand transferred to the Board.
Act was passed by the Punjab Assembly on 23 February 2015; assented to
by the Governor of the Punjab on 25
February 2015; and, was published in the Punjab Gazette (Extraordinary)
dated 26 February 2015, pages 2437-43.
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