The second draw of lottery for the 25 per cent admissions reserved for economically weaker students under the Right to Education (RTE) Act took place on Thursday, but it took another day for the education officials to receive the final numbers of allotments from the National Informatics Centre.
Musthaq Shaikh, primary education officer of Zilla Parishad, said the draw of seats was conducted online and parents started receiving SMS alerts about the admissions from Thursday evening.
“There are a total of 16,894 seats available for RTE quota admissions across the 780 schools in Pune district, this year. Of these, 6,144 allotments were already done after the first round. There were 10,750 seats available for the second round, out of which 4,771 allotments have been completed. Parents started receiving SMSs from Thursday evening on whether their children were allotted seats. Once the SMS is received, parents will have to go to the allotted school to confirm admissions,” said Shaikh.
He added that 264 schools had received zero applications, this round. This year, over 18,500 applications were received for the 16,894 seats in Pune, he said.
A six-day period from June 17 to June 23 has been allotted for parents to visit schools to confirm admissions. “The parents can go to the school with the SMS and all the documents that they had submitted after filling the online form. They need not pay any money to confirm the admissions,” said Shaikh.
He added that after June 23, schools would be given at least 2-3 days to update the data on confirmed seats. “By June 25, the date for third round of admissions will be declared and we will try to finish off the process by the first week of July, so students do not face any academic losses,” added Shaikh.
Source : The Indian Express