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Online admissions for RTE seats likely to start on April 7

Right to Education



The online admissions for the 25 per cent seats reserved under the Right to Education Act, 2009 are finally expected to start in the city on April 7. The final schedule will be ready in a day, assured BMC authorities.

Initially, admissions were to begin on April 5 and were expected to go on till May 24. However, with the staff busy with elections, the date is likely to be pushed ahead.

“We will provide applicants over 20 days—from April 7 to April 30—to ensure that their parents have enough time to procure income certificate. With the staff busy with elections, parents may not be able to get the required documents ready in time,” said additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani.

Earlier, parents were to have only 12 days for submitting the application.

It is the first time that the civic body is conducting admissions for seats reserved under the quota. For the online process, 309 schools have registered with the BMC. Of these, 27 are from boards other than the state board.

“Each applicant can select three schools in their neighbourhood within a radius of three kilometers,” said a senior BMC official.

Admissions will be awarded on the basis of a lottery, which will be conducted after documents have been verified. Parents will thus have approximately four days to secure admission. They will be notified about the two lists through an SMS, which will be sent to their mobile number. Lists will also be put up in school premises.

“The announcements will be made through two lists. If there are students left out even after the end of the two rounds, applicants can seek admission through the online process,” said the official. Schools will have to inform the civic body about the number of vacant seats at the end of every round of admission.

BMC will set up 26 help desks across the city to assist parents during the application process. The help desks will be located at schools and ward offices. “The help desks will be manned by BMC officials, centre-in-charge and headmasters. They will be open from 10am to 5.30pm every day from April 5, and will be in place for a month,” said the official.

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