Over 3K RTE seats lie va­cant

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

While the first round of Right to Ed­u­ca­tion (RTE) ad­mis­sion process is on till May 5, more than 3,000 seats un­der the RTE quota in the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) and Pan­vel re­gion are still ly­ing va­cant.

Of­fi­cials from both the ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ments be­gan aware­ness cam­paigns a month in ad­vance be­fore the ad­mis­sion process and though a good num­ber of seats are still not oc­cu­pied, the re­sponse has been still bet­ter com­pared to last year.

Ac­cord­ing to the records with the NMMC ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment, 1,107 stu­dents have been al­lo­cated seats in the first round. It had re­ceived a to­tal of 1,515 ap­pli­ca­tions for the 3,450 seats that were re­served un­der RTE across 108 schools this year. Last year, 623 stu­dents were ad­mit­ted un­der RTE in the en­tire aca­demic year. “The re­sponse for RTE has been com­par­a­tively bet­ter than last year. Of the 1,515 stu­dents who had ap­plied for the RTE seats, around 400 stu­dents could not be al­lo­cated seats ow­ing to ab­sence of req­ui­site doc­u­ments. ,” said Balkrushna Patil, ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, NMMC. In the Pan­vel re­gion, a to­tal of 1,772 stu­dents have been al­lo­cated seats. The Pan­vel re­gion had re­ceived a to­tal of 1,914 ap­pli­ca­tions for the 3,164 seats re­served un­der RTE in 76 schools this year.

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