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Government to Setup Helpdesks to Facilitate Filling of 25% Reserved Seats under RTE

Jan 3, 2014 06:40 IST

    To help the Economically Weaker Section families and their children obtain their right to free education, the government has decided to initiate a pilot project of online admission system to fill the reserved 25% seats under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

    Under this project a helpdesk will be set up for every bunch of 10-15 unaided schools, through which the parents, who are unawareof the online application and admission process for filling 25% reserved seats under the quota for poor children and disadvantaged sections of the society, will be assisted and thoroughly helped.

    This pilot initiative of online admission system for the 25% reserved seats under RTE is to be commenced from the 2014-15 academic session in the civic limits of the regions - Pune, Nagpur and Mumbai.  The general admission schedule of the schools commences in February and March for the academic session to be started from April and over 40 private unaided non-minority schools run under Pune Municipal Corporation.

    State director of primary education Mahaveer Mane told that no time-bound admission schedule for pre-primary and primary admissions will take place this year. He further added that the government will for sure introduce such a schedule from academic year 2015-16.

    The admission process of Pre-primary and primary admission many schools of the city was disrupted in December 2013, as the education department originally declared a stay until a time-bound admission schedule is declared by the government. However, later the stay was lifted by the department perceiving that a new admission policy will be announced from academic session 2015-16.

    He further informed that no restriction, of any kind, is there on the schools that fall within the RTE ambit, to admit students for the remaining 75% of general seats.

    According to Mane, fully government schools, local self-governing bodies or such private schools that receive salary and non-salary grant in aide from the government are bound to reserve 52% of their total approved intake on the orders under statutory provision, including seats for Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Vimukta Jamati (denotified tribes), Notified Tribes, Other Backward Classes and special backward classes. On the other hand, the private and unaided non-minority schools have an obligation to follow the RTE norm of 25% quota, only for the weaker and underprivileged children.

    The Bombay HC lately ruled out that the RTE Act is not applicable for private unaided minority schools and as of now such schools are exempted from the 25% quota realm.

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