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Rajkumar College row: Grant admission to student under RTE, high court says

Rajkumar College row: Grant admission to student under RTE, high court says

Rashmi Drolia, TNN Dec 17, 2013, 10.00PM IST

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh high court has directed Rajkumar College (RKC), an elite education institute, to grant admission to a Class II student within 15 days, under provisions of Right to Education Act (RTE), after the school had refused to grant him admission.
The bench of Justice Pritankar Diwakar passed the order on Monday on a petition filed by State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR), after the school did not honour its orders for admitting students as per RTE Act provisions.
The issue cropped up after Mohammad Kareem, Anis's father, approached SCPCR stating his son had cleared the written examination scoring full marks, but was denied admission on frivolous grounds that giving admission to such students would adversely affect the overall standard of the institute.
SCPCR chairman Yashwant Jain told TOI "As per RTE Act 2009, all schools are supposed to give free admissions to 25% students, who belong to poor background and are specially-abled." But school authorities maintained that the Act doesn't apply to their institute.
Rajkumar College is already in the midst of a controversy after the city's known dentist complained that the institute had arbitrarily suspended his two children and later sent their transfer certificates after striking off their names from school rolls. The doctor has already filed complaints with the police, consumer disputes redressal forum and had also moved the high court.

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