Bhubaneswar: The online portal for Right to Education (RTE) was inaugurated by School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash here today. Inaugurating this portal, the Minister said, all non-Government schools will have to mandatorily reserve 25 per cent seats for students belonging to the under-privileged and economically backward classes.
At present, the RTE was implemented in Odisha in an offline mode. The new system (online mode) is a step taken under the aegis of 5T charter of the State Government. Admission to the 25 per cent reserved seats in private schools will become more transparent with this initiative. The portal – www.rteparadarshi.odisha.gov.in shall make the process more effective, said Dash.
The private schools which have received a certification from the State Government will need to register their institution in this portal. Thereafter, the students eligible for this reservation can apply to the school close to their home and get an opportunity for admission, he added.
Once a student applies for the seat, his/her credentials (documents) will be verified by the Block Education Officer (BEO) and shortlist the eligible beneficiaries. Following this, there will be a lottery for chosing the candidates. The chosen candidates can get direct admission into the designated private school and can study upto Standard VIII, free of cost.
“The online system will make the reservation and admission process more transparent. A helpline number – 080 45683355 has been started for the assistance of the students. The students can give a missed call to this number for any kind of help in the reservation and admission process,” he added.
Among others, Principal Secretary, School and Mass Education Department, Satyabrata Sahu, Project Director, Bhupinder Singh Poonia, Additional Secretary, Raghuram Aiyar, and senior officials of the Department were present at the launch event.