Over 31,000 seats available in Bangalore

Over 31,000 seats in private unaided schools in Bangalore Urban and Rural areas are open for admission in 2013-14 for children from underprivileged families, under the quota provisions of the Right to Education Act.

The school-wise list of seats announced by the block education officers in Bangalore South (13,259), North (16,191) and Rural (1,895) add up to over 31,000 seats.

Last year, about 30,000 seats were opened under RTE in Bangalore.

First step

The first step towards RTE enrolment began on Saturday with the deputy directors of Public Instruction (DDPIs) announcing the availability of seats in schools under their jurisdiction.

As per RTE rules, every private unaided school is obliged to keep aside 25 per cent of its seats at the entry level (kindergarten or class 1) for admission to underprivileged children.

In the next step, RTE application forms will be available from Monday at the block education offices. People can also download applications from the website of the Department of Public Instruction (www.schooleducation.kar.nic.in). For queries, call the RTE helpline on 1800-42534567.

Poor response

Enrolment under RTE was very poor in the city last year, with 4,276 seats filled out of 27,960 seats available (in Bangalore South and North). Poor awareness on the legislation and late start to the admission process was cited as the reason for the poor response.

  • Last year, nearly 28,000 seats were available

  • Application forms available from Monday