The State Cabinet on Saturday decided to open eight Atal Bihari Vajpayee residential schools in four revenue divisions of the State.

The schools will be established on 20 acres at Doddahalli in Tumkur and Bangarpet in Kolar (Bangalore division), Varuni in Mysore and Chikmagalur (Mysore division), Mudhol in Bagalkot and Shiggaon in Haveri district (Belgaum division), and Gulbarga Rural and Yadgir (Gulbarga division).

Each school will provide education from classes 6 to 12 in English medium. From 2013-14, 80 students will be admitted to class 6 in each school (40 students to a section). Half the seats would be reserved for students belonging to the Scheduled Castes, 25 per cent to those from the Scheduled Tribes and 25 per cent for other backward classes. General category students will not be admitted to these schools.

Half the seats will be reserved for girls.

The Social Welfare Department will take steps for land acquisition and construction of buildings.