Aurangabad | RTE admissions: Portal restored, schedule tweaked

AURANGABAD: After encountering technical glitches in web-portal for carrying out admissions under 25% quota for RTE, the schedule for these admissions has been tweaked by the authorities, offering much-need relief for beneficiaries. As per the latest schedule, the process of online filling-up forms by the beneficiaries will take place till March 20.

Around 173 schools from the district have registered themselves for online RTE administration for academic year 2015-16, Nitin Upasni, the education officer with the Aurangabad zilla parishad, told ToI on Saturday.

“The online web portal for RTE admissions is now functioning smoothly. We have set up around 14 help-centres in different part of the city to guide beneficiaries about online RTE admission process. Special nodal officers have been appointed at these centres, which will ensure smooth conduct of different processes,” he said.

After pilot of online RTE admissions in Pune, Mumbai and Panvel last year, the state education department has decided to cover a set of bigger cities, including Aurangabad, under the initiative.

Upasni said RTE admissions would evoke better response as compared to last year, when around 1,043 of the 2,200-plus (RTE) seats were filled in Aurangabad district.

Authorities said further scheduled about admissions in the district specifying dates of lottery-system and publication of selection list, would be made available later.

Speaking with ToI, Ajmal Khan, leader of socialist advocacy group Samajwadi Adhyapak Sabha, said authorities should take all possible measures to increase the overall percentage of RTE admissions in the district.

“The enrolment of students under RTE quota in very low in Aurangabad district as well as across the state. Holistic measures are needed to implement the Act in letter and spirit,” he said.

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