The four-phased online process for admissions under the Right to Education (RTE) for the new academic session (2017-18) in Uttar Pradesh will begin from February 25, officials said.
The lottery for applications submitted between February 25 and March 15 in the first phase would be held on March 25. The lottery for forms submitted between March 16 and April 15 in phase 2 will be drawn on April 25.
Likewise, the lottery for phase 3 for forms submitted between April 16 and May 10 would be done on May 15 while the lottery in final phase for forms submitted between May 11 and June 15 will be done on June 25.
Schools will be required to complete the admission process for phase one by April 1, phase 2 by May 1, phase 3 by May 18 and the final phase by July 1, sources said.
Last year, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav directed the basic education department to introduce the online system, saying it would help in completing the admission process, which otherwise runs up to July, faster.
Yadav felt that the online system would draw more admission forms and more children from economically weaker sections would be able to get admissions.
At present, the process is manual and RTI activists say the online system would improve capacity, efficiency as well as transparency.
“If somebody who is not computer savvy, he or she may collect RTE application from the office of Basic Shiksha Adhikari, fill it and submit it. The onus is on BSA to upload it and do the needful,” Samina Bano, RTE crusader, said.
Bano said if parents have any difficulty or queries regarding the application process, requirements or any grievances in getting or submitting the forms they may give a missed call on a helpline number 8000 96 7874.
“The call automatically disconnects after a ring. Our office calls back within 36 hours,” she said.
UP has a potential of six lakh admissions each year under RTE’s section 12(1)(c). With over 20,000 admissions in the state in the last two years, the present manual system for application and its processing is cumbersome leads to delays.
Last year, more than 15,000 students enrolled in schools across 49 of 75 districts in UP under RTE that mandates 25% reservation for children from economically and socially disadvantaged sections in private unaided institutes.
Against 21,789 applications, 15,626 students were given admission by privates schools. The number was more than 3 times compared to 2015 when 4,400 poor children got admission in over 500 private schools in only 26 districts. The total number of children admitted in 2012, 2013 and 2014 was only 108 in the state.