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'Right To Education came as divine intervention'

'Right To Education came as divine intervention'

Abhishek Choudhari, TNN Jun 10, 2012, 06.01AM IST
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-06-10/nagpur/32155277_1_rte-act-aieee-engineering-exam
NAGPUR: Naresh Charde, a driver, has applied for sought admission for his daughter, Samidha, as per the provisions of RTE Act. Charde's wife Nilima is a homemaker as she has to look after their two-year-old younger daughter. Nilima has studied up to Std X. The family resides in a small but pucca house in Manewada, a middle-class locality in the south-east part of the city.
His daughter's pre-primary education expenses were about Rs 700 per month and Charde sacrificed many things for that. "It was OK to cut back on other expenses because I wanted her to study, but primary education costs were almost touching Rs 1,500 per month and we just could not figure out what to do. I was heartbroken as I could not live to see my daughter missing out on a chance at a better life just like I did. So, when I became aware of the government initiative, I knew this was divine intervention," said Charde.

This man could very well be the one with a proverbial 'heart of gold' as Charde is also bearing expenses for his teenaged nephew. "My brother-in-law lives in a small village and had stopped educating my nephew totally. So, 10 years ago I brought him to Nagpur and got him admitted to a government school and now he will appear for SSC next year," said Charde.
Deaven Dasture, director of the school where Charde has applied for his daughter's admission, said, "We are extremely happy to have received the application and have asked Charde to submit all the mandatory documents to us before next week's deadline. The education department sent a GR on May 25 giving clear instructions on the free seats and we will implement it in letter and spirit. Also, meeting state RTE head Sanjay Deshmukh and district officer Mahesh Karajgaonkar during the TOI debate (June 6) had cleared many doubts."
RTE data deadline for schools extended
The zilla parishad has decided to extend the deadline till June 12 for schools to submit their admission data, as mandated under the Right To Education (RTE) Act. The previous deadline was ending on Sunday but there was an unofficial demand from schools to extend it further, claiming that they were not aware of it. The ZP has administrative control over the education primary department and has asked all schools, coming under RTE's purview, to share admission statistics and procedure details. Till Saturday not a single school of the 2,300 in district had provided the necessary information forcing the department to given them a second chance. Education officer Someshwar Netam conducted the second awareness seminar on RTE on Saturday which was attended by about 300 principals from the region.
AIEEE results declared
Results for the country's biggest engineering exam, AIEEE, were declared late evening on Saturday. A letter issued by Pitam Singh, director (special exams), mentioned that 11,37,256 students had registered for the engineering exam, of which 10,61,854 finally appeared. The AIEEE also has a section for architecture seats and 71,316 students (out of 83,049) appeared for it. Students can check their All India and State rank online at www.aieee.nic.in.

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