With increasing demand for admissions to Kendriya Vidyalaya schools, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) has decided take the admission process online across the country from 2017-18.
Santosh Kumar Mall, Commissioner, KVS, who was in the city recently, said for the coming academic year, a pilot was conducted in Delhi where they called for online applications. He said that they had received 1.16 lakh applications for 8,760 seats.
Mr. Mall said the online application system will be a “convenient option” for parents as it would avoid long queues in front of schools. “It will also ensure transparency and eliminate the scope for manipulation in registration,” he said.
In Bengaluru region — which consists of 50 KV schools in Karnataka and Goa — the number of applications registered for the 2016-17 academic year was 29,117 for 5,000 seats, which is six times the demand. In some instances, the demand was nearly 22 times the number of seats. The highest number of applications was received in Malleswaram, with 2,657 forms for 120 seats.
Owing to the high demand, many KV principals in the city said that the general public are unable to get admissions to KV. “The only way they can get a seat is under the RTE quota, if they are eligible, or under the Member of Parliament quota and girl child quota. This is because we have to give preference to other categories such as Central government employees, Central government autonomous bodies, and State government employees,” a principal said.
In many schools, the State government employees themselves are unable to obtain a seat because of the demand, she said.
Online system will avoid long queues in front of schools. It will also ensure transparency and eliminate the scope for manipulation in registrationSantosh Kumar Mall,Commissioner, KVS