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AMC eyes 3,000 free seats for BPL kids in private schools

Acceptance of admission forms for this will be distributed at 43 places from Feb 9 to 25 between 12 noon-4 pm

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: February 2, 2015 3:18:31 am

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has set a target of 3,000 seats for free education to below poverty line (BPL) category students in private schools under the Right to Education Act (RTE) in the ensuing academic year. The acceptance of admission forms for this will be distributed at 43 places from February 9 to 25, 2015 between 12 noon and 4 pm, said Municipal Commissioner D Thara here on Saturday. She said that 200 volunteers from the Indian Institute of Management here will contact anganwadi managers and others in this exercise.

Stating that the target for the academic year 2016-17 would be 5,000 beneficiaries, this year the AMC had achieved admission to 700 children against a set target of 2,000 children in 2014-15. The 3,000 forms will be distributed in 381 schools with zero admission fee by the BPL parents, she said, adding the fees charged by private schools will be paid by the AMC on behalf of parents.

The district collector office will set up to facilitate caste and income certificates to applicants, Thara said adding that despite all efforts, some shortcoming might come up because it was not possible to change things overnight. If some seats would not be filled despite all efforts from the BPL category, such seats would be given to people in other categories with annual income of Rs 68,000 per annum (Rs 47,000 in rural area), SC/ST Rs 2 lakh and OBC Rs 1 lakh annual income.

No private school will be allowed to charge capitation fee in this effort, the Commissioner clarified. Out of the 381 private schools from different areas, 224 Gujarati-medium schools, 20 Urdu/Hindi/Sindhi-medium and 137 English-medium schools have been selected for the admissions. Member-secretary will be district education officer A K Rathod while AMC School board chairman Jagdish Bhavsar, deputy municipal commissioner I K Patel and school board administrative office L D Desai are other members of the panel for monitoring the admission process.

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