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Further delay in online RTE admissions, to begin by February-end

Further delay in online RTE admissions, to begin by February-end

TNN Feb 5, 2014, 12.47AM IST

PUNE: The online admission process to fill up 25% seats under the Right to Education (RTE) Act provision at private unaided schools in Mumbai and Pune will commence only by end of February, state education commissioner S Chockalingam told reporters here on Tuesday.
Earlier, director of primary education Mahavir Mane had declared that the online admission process would commence from February 15. However, Chockalingam said, "The date was mentioned as part of a tentative programme and the authorities are working out final details for the commencement of admissions, which will definitely begin by the end of this month. We are trying our best to put the system online as fast as possible. If it is ready in a couple of days, we will release it earlier. It would definitely be online by the end of the month."
According to Mane, there are about 500 schools in Pune and the neighbouring Pimpri-Chinchwad area that have an intake capacity of 12,000 students for the 25% seats reserved under the act.
Chockalingam also clarified that the online system will not affect admissions that have already been granted under the RTE Act. "If there are any schools that have already admitted students for the 25% reserved seats, then those admissions will remain valid. The online system is meant to act as an enabler and not to disrupt the admission process," he said.
The online system would address the demand-supply gap for admissions to the reserved seats. If any school is not getting applications from students, the system will be able to list those in the area seeking admissions, he said.
He admitted there was a delay in introducing the online system and that some schools had already started admissions. "Whenever a new system is put in place, there are bound to be teething problems. We are conducting it (the online process) on a trial basis so that we are able to iron out any issues that may arise," he added.
Listing out his priorities, Chockalingam said he wanted to work on improving the quality of education and creating a proper gradation-system for schools.

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