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E-admission for reserved seats may not take off now

E-admission for reserved seats may not take off now

TNN Dec 31, 2013, 06.29AM IST

PUNE: The state education department's ambitious project to conduct admissions online in a centralised manner for the 25% reserved seats in schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act may not take off for the second consecutive year.
While the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) has been given a contract to develop a separate portal to execute the ad-missions, some 'strategic decisions' on choice of schools and distance of schools from residence of applicants is pending for approval from the state government, causing the delay.
Mahavir Mane, director of school education (primary), said, "A report on what the project would be and its feasibility has been submitted to the state government through the education commissioner. But we are clueless as to when it will get the state government approval."
Last year, too, the state education department made similar efforts to make admissions online. But it did not succeed due to lack of a project plan.
Mane said though the department was trying to implement the project from the 2014-15 academic year, which begins in June, it all depended on when the report gets approval.
Meanwhile, MKCL, which is preparing the portal for the project, has said that all technical aspects are ready for the portal to go online. An MKCL official told TOI on Monday, "There are some decisions to be made by the education department that need to be incorporated in the portal. If those decisions are taken, we can ready the website for the 2014-15 academic year."
The project will be a replica of the junior college admissions, which are also conducted online in Mumbai division. A separate portal would be developed where applicants can fill the forms with names, place of residence, names of schools in the area or those that are eligible for reserved RTE seats rule and list of required documents. The application will be submitted online and after a stipulated date, allotments would be done through a computerised lottery system. Applicants can log in to the website and check the list.
The MKCL official said, "Schools will also have to show online that the applicant has been admitted. If the school does not admit any student, the education officer who would monitor the admission process can take action. In this way, transparency will be maintained."

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