Himachal Pradesh government has gave its approval for providing 25 percent reservation to the poor students in private schools under the provisions of RTE (Right to Education) from 2013-14 academic session.
The state government has issued notification in this regard from academic session starting from April 1 and has asked the private institutions to adopt lottery based system for the selection of the students for admission in private schools if the number of applicants is more than the reserved seats.
As per the notification, it will be mandatory for private educational institutions to announce the number of seats reserved under the RTE Act on their website or notice board one month before the start admission process in the institution. However, those candidates who had applied for reserved seats in a school will not be eligible to apply for open quota in that school.
Moreover, the selection of the poor students under the quota will be conducted in the presence of parents of these students and a representative of Deputy Director of Elementary Education or Block Elementary Education officer of the district or concerned block.
For any complaints, the complainant can file a complaint before a three member Committee for every District consisting of Deputy Director of Elementary Education, prominent educationist and a representative of the school and re-imbursement claims of private educational institutions will be cleared by education department in two installments within the academic year.
In Himachal, there are more than 2000 private schools in which more than 5 lakh students enrolled and more than 1.25 lakh students are expected to benefit after the enactment of RTE Act in the state.