PUNE: The admission process for the 25% reserved seats under the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act has failed to take off in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad for the second time in a fortnight. The admissions, which are to be conducted online in 10 cities across the state, were scheduled to begin on February 27. However, the failure of the Pune Municipal Corporation’s education board to announce the revised dates has led to a delay. “Schools that have to give admissions under the Act were asked to fill in the details on the RTE site. Till Friday, several schools had not provided the required information, leading to the delay. Once schools do the needful, online forms will be made available to parents,” said chief of PMC education board B K Dahiphale. “Schools have been asked to fill up the details and by Monday all the required information will be uploaded on the site. The new dates will be announced on Monday. We do not want to rush because we are skeptical about the admission process getting stuck in the later stages which may create problems for parents,” said Dahiphale. Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and south Mumbai had gone online last year. This year, the online process will be implemented in Nashik, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Nagpur, Amravati, Latur and Mumbai’s metropolitan region comprising satellite towns of Thane, Kalyan Dombivli, Bhiwandi-Nizampur, Ulhasnagar, Mira-Bhayander and Navi Mumbai. The process will remain offline in the remaining parts of the state where parents will have to manually fill the forms and submit them to the education board. The regional directorate of education in each district will be appointed as the admission committee headed by the education department. Dahiphale said, “The committee officials will verify forms and documents submitted by parents once the deadline for submission is over. The day of draw will be announced within eight days of the verification process.” Parents can also fill up forms at home, if they have the facility and then submit the printout and required documents to the nearest help centre.
Source: Times of IndiaRTE admissions nosedive yet again