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Iffy future for RTE online admission

Iffy future for RTE online admission

TNN Dec 31, 2013, 12.37AM IST

PUNE: The ambitious project of the state education department to conduct admissions in a centralised and online manner for 25% reserved seats in schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act may not take off for the second consecutive year.
The delay is due to some 'strategic decisions' on the choice of schools and distance from the residence of applicants waiting for the sate government's approval.
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 through the education commissioner. However, we are clueless as to when it will get approval."
The Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) has been given a contract to develop a separate portal to execute the admissions. The MKCL authorities said technical aspects are ready to go online. "Some decisions that are need in the portal are pending with the education department. Once they are decided, we can ready the website for the 2014-15 academic year," an official said.
The official added, "Schools will also have to show online that the applicant has been admitted. If the school fails to admit any student, the education officer monitoring the admission process can take action. So, transparency will be maintained which was the prime aim of making the admission process online."
Online advantage
The project will be a replica of junior college admissions conducted online in the 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.

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