Saturday, February 8, 2014

No takers for EWS seats in Surat, Jamnagar, Junagadh

No takers for EWS seats in Surat, Jamnagar, Junagadh

Written by Ritu Sharma | Ahmedabad | February 5, 2014 6:05 pm
  Bhavnagar bucks the trend, 367 admissions against a quota of 250 seats for the section.


Bhavnagar bucks the trend, 367 admissions against a quota of 250 seats for the section

Despite considerable number of estimated beneficiaries — projected at 1,000, the second highest after Ahmedabad — Surat failed to get even a single child admitted in the current academic session under the 25 per cent reserved seats for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) .
Reflecting the dismal state of this scheme coupled with the administration’s apathy towards its implementation, Jamnagar and Junagadh are the other two districts to record zero admission despite a reserved number of 250 seats each.
From no application received under this scheme, reasons cited by the concerned administrations include the scheme being launched too late, forwarding these to the private schools and the scheme not in the purview of concerned authorities.
“Despite advertisement in a local newspaper, the Department did not receive a single application from the beneficiaries under this scheme,” said Surat DEO Dinesh Patel. “It’s been more than a month since we put an advertisement in the newspaper for the new academic session, we have not received any application,” Patel said.
On shortlisting of private schools where beneficiaries could get admission, Patel said, “We did not identify any private school for these 1,000 seats as the choice of school was left to the applicants. Neither did we conduct any survey of children who could benefit from this scheme. The survey is carried out by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).”
Jamnagar DEO B N Dave had a different explanation for the failure to get even a single admission in private schools. “It was very late when we received the circular from the department for 25 per cent reservation for EWS and disadvantaged group. By that time, private schools had completed their admission schedule.”
“For the new session, a meeting of private schools will soon be called where an estimate shall be taken on number of seats under 25 per cent reservation offered in each school. We will ensure that we achieve our target of 250 seats,” he said.
The Junagadh DEO J L Dasa also came up with a similar explanation and assured that effective measures would be taken in the future. “Moreover, there are not many children who fall under this scheme that come under our purview,” he said.
However, the validity of these reasons is questionable. Bhavnagar had a surplus and against the allotted 250 seats, 367 children got admission in various private schools across the city.
“Though as per the Government Resolution, the private schools would be reimbursed for 250 seats only, it was a collaborative initiative of the district education office and private schools that we were able to provide admission to 367 students,” said Bhavnagar DEO Ghanshyam Patel.
In the first year of its implementation on a pilot basis for the current academic session 2013-14 , a total of 5,300 seats were reserved under the 25 per cent EWS and disadvantaged reservation scheme. Ahmedabad (2000 seats), Surat (1000 seats), Vadodara (800 seats), Rajkot (500 seats), Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh and Gandhinagar (250 seats each under these corporations) are part of the project.

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