Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

As per the Right to Education Act, there has been provision that private schools in Odisha will provide 25 per cent seats to the students from economically disadvantaged families. However, the private schools are allegedly not providing proper information in this regard on Paradarshi Portal.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in this connection at Orissa High Court. In his petition, the petitioner has mentioned that information has been provided about 37,000 seats on Paradarshi Portal instead of 60,000 seats this year. However, no information has been provided about the classes in which the students intend to take admissions.

During the hearing of the matter, the concerned authority from Odisha Education Department informed the Court that errors in this connection will be corrected soon. The next hearing of the court has been scheduled on May 16.

“There were as many as 60,000 seats in 4,264 schools. However, it started from 37,000 seats this year. That means 20,000 to 25,000 seats are not available on that portal. As a result, many students suffered and they didn’t get the opportunity to get admission into in the schools as per their choice,” rued Prasanna Bisoyi, executive president of Odisha Abhibhabak Mahasangha.

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“The Education Department will inform the Court about the steps taken in this regard on the next date of hearing. The most important thing is that the matter will be pending in the court and not disposed of until the completion of the admission process,” he added.