Tuesday, February 4, 2014

From '15, RTE seats to be filled first

From '15, RTE seats to be filled first

Swati Shinde Gole, TNN Jan 31, 2014, 02.28AM IST

PUNE: The admission process in 2015-16 for 25% reserved category under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009 will be conducted first followed by admissions to the remaining seats, education commissioner S Chokallingam said.
As for the 2014-15 academic year, schools have been conducting the process for 75% seats from October 2013. The state education directorate has stated that admissions for 25% reserved seats would be held two months before schools open in June.
"The schedule for the admission process for RTE seats would be announced soon. Schools will have to follow the schedule for applications, submissions, lists and the final allotment," Mahavir Mane, state director of education (primary) said.
Many students who are eligible for 25% reserved seats have secured admissions fearing they may lose out on a year if they do not apply in the desired schools.
Sonali Kunjir, RTE activist said several parents have admitted their wards to schools as soon as the admissions opened. "They feared that the 25% admission process later may not help. However, despite taking admission, parents have said they will apply under 25% reserved seats and if they get admission under this category, they will withdraw the earlier application," she added.
Chokallingam said they had chalked out a well-thought out plan for 2015-16 admission. "We will be announcing a schedule for both 25% reserved and 75% open seats at the beginning of the academic year. All schools under the RTE Act, irrespective of their boards, will have to follow this schedule. By conducting 25% admissions earlier, we will ensure that maximum students eligible under this category benefit," he said.
From this academic year, the state directorate of education has decided to carry out an online and centralized admission process for the 25% reserved seats. The website for carrying out the procedure is under construction and the schedule dates would be announced soon.
Stepping into school
- Centralized and online admission for 25% reserved category from 2014-15 academic year
- From 2015-16 academic year, 25% admission procedure to be conducted before the open category seats in schools
- Common admission schedule will be announced for both
- All schools under the RTE Act will have to follow a common admission schedule from 2015-16
- Pune district has close to 9,500 seats reserved under RTE Act

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