Thursday, February 13, 2014

IIM-A to teach right way to claim Right to Education

IIM-A to teach right way to claim Right to Education

AHMEDABAD: Students of premier institutes in the city have taken up an initiative to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds claim Right to Education (RTE). The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad has set up an RTE Resource Centre (RRC) to implement the RTE Act successfully.

The centre aims to help parents of needy students overcome procedural difficulties in completing and submitting applications. RRC is a student initiative at IIM-A and is run in collaboration with students from National Institute of Design, Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad and Gujarat National Law University.

The students are looking for strong support from the general public to help in the RTE campaign in Ahmedabad this year. "The objective of the centre is to generate awareness about RTE Act and facilitate better information sharing among the different stakeholders - government, school and parents - to resolve issues faced in the implementation of Section 12 of the RTE," a statement from IIM-A said.

Section 12 of the RTE Act provides for reservation of 25% of seats in private schools starting from class 1 for children from the disadvantaged and economically weaker sections.

How to help

An IVRS number 079 3091 8111 has been set up for parents in Ahmedabad where they can call the number for complete information on RTE Section 12. Student volunteers will contact parents and guide them through the process.

RRC's website at gives details of the complete admission process to anyone who wishes to apply for the same or wishes to inform those eligible for the provision.

RRC is planning to set up a helpdesk at the two distribution centres in the District Education Office, Memnagar and Government Girl's High School near Raikhad. RRC is looking for dedicated volunteers to help both reach out to communities and manage the help desk.

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