However, the meanings of these three terms i.e. ‘Recognition’, ‘Affiliation’ and ‘Accreditation’ with reference to schools vary to some extent. Also, these three terms are supposed to be adhered to in the same procedural sequence only.
Thus we can say that, to get a school recognised is to get it legally registered in the state in which the school is operating. After getting the school recognised, the school may seek affiliation which is a kind of association with any of the renowned Boards of Education like: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), International Baccalaureate (IB) etc.. After getting the school recognised from the State Board, if you wish to seek affiliation for your school to any of the education boards, then primarily, you need to get a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the State Board, failing to which you cannot apply for the affiliation.