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Minority institutions exempted from the RTE

Minority institutions exempted from the RTE

ND Shiva Kumar, TNN Jul 6, 2012, 08.24PM IST

BANGALORE: The minority educational institutions are exempted from the Right to Education (RTE) Act if they have 75% students from the minority community.
Minority unaided schools are exempted from providing 25 per cent reservation to children from underprivileged sections as per the RTE norms. But, the definition of 'minority' had been a bone of contention.

The Karnataka state cabinet on Friday defined 'minority institution,' putting an end to the confusion. In a minority institution, if the strength of the students is less than 75% then it comes under the ambit of the RTE Act. It has to provide 25 % reservation to underprivileged students,'' said primary and secondary education minister Visvesvaraya Hegde Kageri.
The minister admitted that it would be difficult to implement the RTE in minority institutions, which do not have 75% students from the minority communities. The process of admissions has begun long ago. The implementation would be difficult this year. However, we will try our best to implement it,'' said Kageri.

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