Gujarat: Forms for admission to 3,000 RTE reserved seats available from Feb 9 in Ahmedabad

With 3,000 seats reserved in more than 380 private schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act across Ahmedabad, the form distribution for academic session 2015-16 will start from February 9 at 43 different centres.
The forms will be available from February 9 to 25 at various municipal schools in 43 city wards identified as form distribution centres by the district education department. This time, the private schools identified includes all Gujarati, Urdu, English, Hindi and Sindhi medium.
“This time, to ensure maximum takers for these reserved seats, the department has given name and mobile number of the mentor or guide deputed in each ward at 43 centres. They will assist the applicants in getting the formalities completed like submission of various certificates so that the application is not cancelled in the wake of incomplete form which has been the case in the previous years,” said Ahmedabad District Education Officer A K Rathod.
Academic session 2015-16 is the third year of implementation of the RTE rule of 25 per cent seats to be reserved in private schools for economically weaker sections and disadvantaged groups. While, in the previous years, the education department failed to achieve the target, the number of seats have been increased this time again.
As the education department plans to increase the number each year, for the coming academic session, the total number of seats reserved across Gujarat has been increased from 18,300 to 30,000. The total number of seats filled in these two years is nearly 12,900 students in private unaided schools across the state against a target of 18,300 students.
Also, to ensure maximum people are benefitted, the education department has also tied up with Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) to enroll children under anganwadi centres. Various non government organisations (NGOs) have also been roped in for this cause.

Source: The Indian Express http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/ahmedabad/forms-for-admission-to-3000-rte-reserved-seats-available-from-monday/

Tamilnadu: CBSE schools in Chennai begin online RTE25 admissions

Several leading CBSE schools in the city started online admissions for nursery sections on Monday. And, parents had only good things to say about the initiative.

SBOA School and Junior College, Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram, all three Chinmaya Vidyalayas in Anna Nagar, Kilpauk and Virugambakkam, and Maharishi Vidya Mandir were among those that opened counters so parents could buy and fill in applications online. Most of the schools are keeping counters open for two days, and some are keeping it open longer for candidates filing applications under the 25% reservation clause of the RTE.

Many parents said they were satisfied with the new systems and thrilled at not having to stand in queues for hours together for applications. Architect C J Kosalraman said Monday’s experience, when he was able to seek admission for his second child by applying online, was very different from the ordeal he endured five years ago for his first child. “I remember standing in a queue in front of a school in Anna Nagar in the rain armed with just an umbrella at 2am to get the application. I am so relieved I didn’t have to go through the same experience this time,” said Kosalraman, who is seeking admission at Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram in Kilpauk.

Senior principal of the school, Ajeeth Prasath Jain, said the institution had perfected the system over the years to automatically avoid duplication, streamline application under the RTE, alumni and general categories and to include online submission of forms. “The online system has made the process easier for schools as well. Now, we can download the data easily and analyse it. Once the child is admitted his data can be uploaded into the school registry in a single click,” he said.

A parent who downloaded an online admission application for Chinmaya Vidyalaya said the system appeared more transparent than the offline process. “There was always the fear of being left behind because of a first-come-first-served policy in the offline system. Here there is no such problem and we can log in from any part of the country or even overseas. The only thing left is for these schools to make admissions more transparent is to hold an open house before the admission process to tell parents what the school has to offer and field questions from parents,” he said.

The online system has made the process easier for schools as well. Now, they can download the data easily and analyse it. Once the child is admitted the data can be uploaded into the school registry in a single click

Source: TOI http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/CBSE-schools-in-city-begin-online-admissions/articleshow/46180479.cms

Maharashtra: RTE: Admission schedule for 25% quota announced

The state education department has finally come out with the schedule of admission for the 25 per cent quota reserved for students belonging to the economically weaker sections of the society under Right to Education Act, 2009.
Last year the online system for admission was introduced in the cities of Pune, Mumbai and Panvel. From this year, the online procedure will be implemented across many more corporations in the state.
There will be a first round for school registration and the next will be for form filling after which the dates of lottery will be announced. The education department made clear that there would be no extension given to schools or parents in dates as the dates were being declared well in advance.
The school registrations will start first on a pilot basis in Nashik. “We were facing an issue of different age groups. Uniform age across boards will be applicable from next year. This year, we have asked all schools to specify age limit while they register names of students in the software. This will help the parents as whenever they enter the details of their ward while filling forms, the child will be assigned to the schools nearest to their houses as per their age,” said Mahavir Mane, director, primary education.
In Nashik, the school registration will be conducted from February 9 to14 and online form filling will be from February 16 to 28. In Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Bhiwandi-Nizampur, Ulhasnagar, Mira-Bhaynder, Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Amravati, Latur, Aurangabad and Kolhapur, the school registration process will begin on February 16 and continue till February 21.
Online form filling will be conducted from February 23 to March 7 in these cities.
Moreover, this year, help-centres will be kept open even during weekends so that parents belonging to economically weaker sections, who cannot leave even a day’s work, can avail the facility on holidays.
“List of help-centres and verification centres along with list of required documents will be given on the website rte25admission.maharashtra.gov.in which will be soon operational. While the parents can apply online, they will have to visit the help centres, once, so that all documents are verified and there are no problems further,” said Dinkar Temkar who is deputy director of primary education, Maharashtra.
Talking about the reimbursement that is yet to be received by private schools under RTE, Mane said that a proposal of Rs 26 crore had been sent to the state government.
The government has also asked the Centre to give its 65 percent share in the RTE reimbursement. So, from next academic year (2015-16), the fee-reimbursement amount of 65% would be given by central government and the remaining would be given by state government, said Mane.

Source: The New Indian Express http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/rte-admission-schedule-for-25-quota-announced/

Karnataka: Online application: Browsing centres fleece poor parents – TOI

Bengaluru: Now that’s a bitter irony. While one of the purposes of the RTE Act is to save poor parents from paying private schools through the nose, someone else is fast emptying their wallets.

Taking advantage of the online RTE application system launched by the government this year, internet cafes are making a fast buck from those wanting to submit the application. They are allegedly charging anywhere between Rs 200 and Rs 300 for submitting application forms on the education department’s website.

Aspirants of RTE quota seats mostly come from poor families, with little knowledge of computer or an internet connection at home, and that’s where they are being exploited.

Prakash, an autorickshaw driver, along with his friend tried several times to submit the RTE application online. But when they failed, he went to a browsing centre. “The centre charged Rs 300 to submit the application online. This isn’t fair; they charge Rs 30 to Rs 50 from those who know to operate the computer,” said Prakash.

Lokesh Gowda, a hotel employee from Halasuru, said that apart from charging Rs 300 for submitting the application, internet cafes are cheating parents by charging Rs 100 to scan photos. Lokesh wants the education department to set up temporary computer centres to facilitate submission of forms.

A group of irked parents claimed the government introduced the online system more to aid private schools than parents, as many of them are struggling to upload their applications, with some even opting to drop out.

Nagasimha G Rao, convenor, RTE Task Force, said, “We are getting dozens of complaints from parents about browsing centres overcharging them. The education department should help these parents. They launched the online system without thinking of these consequences.”

The process of submitting RTE applications online started on January 18 and will go on till February 19. While students can submit the applications directly at the schools also, not many institutions are welcoming them. Intimidated by this, many parents are turning to internet cafes, where they are being fleeced.

DIRECTION TO SCHOOLS

We have directed schools to accept applications from parents directly and issue acknowledgements immediately. They have been told to upload the applications within three days from the date of receiving them. Browsing centres can charge a maximum of Rs 50 per candidate

Mohammed Mohsin | commissioner for department of public instruction

Source: Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/Online-application-Browsing-centres-fleece-poor-parents/articleshow/46168006.cms

Maharastra: Online RTE admission to start on February 23

Setting the ball rolling for online admissions for the 25% quota under Right To Education Act, the state primary education department on Saturday announced the process for this year. In the first phase, unaided schools will need to register themselves, which will be followed by students applying to schools of their choice. The government claims to have fixed the bugs that had marred the process last year.

Under RTE, all schools, barring the exception of those having minority status, have to reserve one-fourth of their seats for underprivileged students from their vicinity. In its bid to ensure better transparency, the government had last year made it mandatory for schools and parents to take the online route.

Addressing mediapersons in Pune, education department officials said schools from across the state will need to upload details such as entry level, age criteria and number of seats available under RTE on www.rte25admission.maharashtra.gov.in between February 16 and February 21. Schools claiming as ‘minority’ will be granted relief only after thorough inspection of their documents, they said.

The portal will allow parents to go for the admission of their wards by filling the online forms from February 23 to March 7.

To check the efficiency of the process, the department has decided to run a pilot project in Nashik and Panvel Taluka where schools will register themselves from February 9 to February 14, while parents will be allowed to do their bit from 16th to 28th of this month.

The RTE online admission process saw 312 schools registering in 2014, of which one was taken off the list after being declared minority. However, chaos prevailed as parents began to fill the admission forms. In several cases, the system did not show all the schools in a particular area. Many schools were shown in wrong places. For instance, a school located in Chembur was shown in Bandra. The map on the system showed a few schools in the Arabian Sea.

Mahavir Mane, director, primary education, assured that parents won’t have go through the ordeal this time. “This time, we have chosen the National Informatics Centre for the RTE process. All schools will be mapped with the help of google and there will be no errors as far as giving the their locations.”

Source: DNA, http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-online-rte-admission-to-start-on-february-23-maharashtra-government-says-it-will-be-smooth-this-time-2059086

Karnataka: Online applications for RTE seats a hit

Inspite of technical hindrances, online application submission process introduced to apply for 25 per cent reserved seats in private schools (except minority) under Right of Education Act for the academic year 2015-16, has proved a success.

In the first ten days, from January 18 to 28, more than 43, 753 applications have been submitted online in the State. February 19 will be the last date for online submission of the applications.

Several classes

According to Department of Public Instruction sources, in ten days 22,498 applications have been submitted for pre-primary (LKG) and 21, 255 applications for Class one. Among 34 districts, Bengaluru North tops with 10,665 applications (4,650 LKG, 6,015 Class one), followed by Bengaluru South with 7,723 applications (3,617 LKG, 4,106 Class one), Bellary with 2,474 applications (751 LKG, 1,723 Class one) and Mysuru with 2,131 applications (1,368 LKG, 763 Class one).

In Dakshina Kannada 238 members have been applied (54 LKG, 184 Class one), 634 in Udupi (622 LKG, 12 Class one) and 180 applications have been uploaded in Kodagu (133 LKG, 47 Class one).
The online system has received good response in North Karnataka as well.

However, Sirsi (22) and Uttara Kannada (39) are yet to reach three digit mark.

Information on website

“There was a problem in submission of application at the beginning which has been solved now. We have not received any call from parents about the inconvenience. They can apply for the seats off-line also; however they should enter the information online with original documents. Information has been provided in the department website- www.schooleducation.kar.nic.in, under ‘instructions’,” a department staff told Deccan Herald.

For the verification of the applications, sometimes problem occurs during the ‘login’ stage, he added.

Karnataka: Parents to set up helpline for RTE applicants

With the admissions for the RTE quota all set to go online from Sunday, parents whose children got RTE quota seats last year, will set up three helpline centres to guide parents who wish to apply for the seats this academic year.

RTE Students and Parents Association chief secretary B.N. Yogananda said: “We urged the Education Department to open helpline centres in all wards and also accept applications at the BangaloreOne, MysoreOne Centres. As we have not heard from the department, we have decided to open helpline centres. We can extend this service to all wards in the city, if the government supports us.”

The RTE Helpline centres will function between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily till February 19.

The contact details are: RTE Students and Parents Association, No. 80/1, 13th Cross, 1st K Block, Rajajinagar (ph: 8884676944); Priyadarshini Health Care and Public Information Centre, 5th Main, ‘D’ Block, 2nd Stage, Rajajinagar (ph: 9845029593 or 7899882346); Mathikere Youth Association, 3rd Main Road, 4th B Cross, Mathikere (ph: 9448064861 or 9986455557).

The association has demanded that the list of minority institutions be made public so that schools later do not claim self-styled minority status once the admission process begins.

TN: CBSE schools brought under DSE for RTE Act implementation

Tamil Nadu Government has issued a notification bringing all schools affiliated to boards other than state boards under the control of its Director of School Education for implementation of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

This was stated in a submission by Government Pleader Krishna Kumar before a bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M. Sathyanarayanan of Madras High Court during the hearing of a PIL.

The petition by one A.V.Pandian sought to implement the provisions of the RTE Act in respect of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools and action against schools functioning without recognition in the state.

Recording the submission, the bench disposed of the PIL, saying in view of the September 19, 2014 notification, “learned counsel for the petitioner states that no further directions are required in this petition other than effective implementation of the same. The writ petition thus stands disposed of.”

Petitioner had contended that when the CBSE regulations and the RTE Act made it mandatory for all the schools including CBSE to obtain recognition from the state authorities, the CBSE schools were let loose without any proper monitor or enforcement of the act in the state.

The state government had failed to prescribe the competent authority to grant recognition for CBSE schools on the basis of the RTE Act.

Maharasthra Admission process to begin February

Nagpur: The admission process for the Academic Session of 2015-16 under the Right to Education (RTE) will begin from the first week of February 2015. This time the admissions will be on-line. This was informed by State Director of Education (Primary) Pune Mahavir Mane. He conveyed the same to the Primary Education Officer Kishore Chaudhary and other officials through Video-Conferencing.

Apprehension

Till date, many officials of the education department and students and parents were apprehensive if the admission under RTE will be on-line or not. With the delay in directions and decisions from the government, scholars were of the opinion that the HSC examinations are beginning from February 21, 2015 while the SSC Examination are set to begin from March 3, 2015 and the Principals and Headmasters will be busy in preparation of conducting the examinations. In such a situation the process of admission in on-line format will not be possible.

Admissions completed

If sources are to be believed, the scheduled admissions in most of the small or big private schools are already completed in the month of December. Now these schools will have to restart the admission process under Right to Education. Many opined that the RTE should have been scheduled in the month of December. It is now mandatory for schools to admit at least 25% students from poor and economically weaker sections of the society. This is made mandatory to ensure that even poor students get an opportunity to study in reputed schools.

Centres to be opened

According to information, the Education Department will have to open several Centres to complete the admission process in on-line format. For this schools will have to provide information to the Education Department about the 25% reserved seats. In this order, for the first time in Nagpur, the on-line admissions are going to take place in the first week of February.

Ensuring Transparency

Admissions under RTE will be beneficial to students. There will be transparency in the admissions claimed Mahammed Shaheed Sharif of the RTE Action Committee.