Civic body sets up 10 cen­tres to guide stu­dents in RTE ad­mis­sion

Ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­cepted till the end of this month; lottery dates yet to be an­nounced

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI -

Stu­dents seek­ing ad­mis­sion un­der Right to Ed­u­ca­tion (RTE) have help at hand.

Like last year, the Navi Mum­bai mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has set up 10 cen­tres in the city. Ap­pli­cants can con­tact the near­est ward of­fice to know about the cen­tres.

Sources from ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment of the civic body said there are around 3,200 seats avail­able un­der RTE in the satel­lite city.

Ev­ery year, the RTE seats in most schools are not filled as peo­ple do not know how to ap­ply. The cen­tres will help them fill forms for ad­mis­sion, a se­nior of­fi­cer said.

“To get a seat un­der RTE, a stu­dent has to ap­ply on­line and doc­u­ments have to be at­tached along with the ap­pli­ca­tion,” said AR Pat­nigere, deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner (ed­u­ca­tion). “Since all stu­dents and the par­ents are new to the on­line sys­tem, we have set up the cen­tres for them. Last year, too, we had set up 10 cen­tres,” said Pat­nigere.

“The schools will di­rectly han­dle all the ad­mis­sion process in the on­line ad­mis­sion sys­tem. We only have to mon­i­tor the process. We have made all nec­es­sary ar­range­ments to make it a smooth process for par­ents,” he added.

The Right to Ed­u­ca­tion al­lows ad­mis­sions to Eco­nom­i­cally Weaker Sec­tions (EWS) chil­dren to seek free ed­u­ca­tion in non­mi­nor­ity, un­aided school. The ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­cepted till this month.

Af­ter which, the dates of the lottery will be an­nounced.

The ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment has an­nounced that there would be no ex­ten­sion given to schools or par­ents for sub­mit­ting ap­pli­ca­tion forms.

Par­ents should ap­proach the helpline cen­tre to check for the de­tails re­lated to their ap­pli­ca­tion and com­plete the process within the stip­u­lated pe­riod.

“Ef­forts have been taken to sim­plify the sys­tem as far as pos­si­ble. Af­ter the ap­pli­cant en­ters his res­i­den­tial pin code on the on­line form, the soft­ware will show the names of schools where he can take ad­mis­sion,” said an of­fi­cial from the ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment, NMMC.

“The schools will be within a 3km ra­dius from the res­i­dence. Doc­u­ments will have to be scanned and at­tached with the on­line form. The help cen­tres have been set up to pro­vide res­i­dents as­sis­tance in fill­ing the forms and to ver­ify the doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted along with the ap­pli­ca­tion,” he added.

SOURCES FROM ED­U­CA­TION DEPT OF THE CIVIC BODY SAID THERE ARE AROUND 3,200 SEATS AVAIL­ABLE IN THE CITY UN­DER RTE

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