After making payment of school fees and teacher’s salary cashless, CBSE has advised schools to inculcate habit of cashless transaction among students by introducing smart cards in canteens and tuck-shops. The schools have also been asked to use activity weeks to push digital payment and task each student to promote the same at home and among at least 10 outsiders. On December 7, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) convened a meeting of 350 nodal schools and deliberated on how to make schools completely cashless. Three days later, it issued a circular on staff payment through bank transfer and payment of fees only through “non-cash” mode.

The meeting also discussed the issue of inspiring students to go cashless. “The schools are now being asked to sensitize students on cashless transaction and how to keep it safe. However, it's an advisory”, said a senior CBSE official. “Student’s involvement will make promoting cashless transaction easier”,

The board is going to allow e-wallets like SBI Buddy and Paytm for its competitive exams. It will also do away with the challan mode of payment for affiliation from January when the new cycle starts.