The Chandigarh Education Department will leverage technology to streamline EWS admissions for the session 2023-24.
The admission process will be online this year and Chandigarh Director of School Education Harsuhinder Pal Singh Brar held a meeting with principals of about 60 private non-minority schools in the city on Monday to discuss the software to be used.
“Once applicants fill out the forms, the software will save their address via Google Maps. During the review of applications by school, applicants will be automatically sorted into three categories. Preference will be given to pupils who live within a radius of 1 km from the school, followed by those who live within a radius of 1 km to 3 km and from 3 km to 8 km.”
Brar added that many schools previously complained that they had to scrutinize hundreds of applications to see if an applicant met distance requirements.
“Students will have to attach their parents’ income certificates, which will also be checked accordingly. A complaint resolution committee will be formed, which will be headed by the deputy director of the education department, and will also consist of two representatives of private schools on a rotating basis. While the purpose of the commission will be to ensure the overall smooth functioning of the process, the most important will be the review of income certificates. Criminal proceedings will be initiated against anyone found to be submitting forged documents. Aadhar card number of the student is mandatory for admission.”
Brar said that the principals of the schools who were present at the meeting agreed to set up help desks at their institutions. Help desks will also be established in state schools
The department is expected to hold a similar meeting with private minority schools on Monday to get their feedback on the software. While the admission process will start later, the department plans to open the portal by around December 19 and will remain open for about a month.
Principal of Strawberry Fields High School in Sector 26, Atul Khanna, appreciated the features of the system and said that though they had conducted the draw in previous years, they would also be comfortable using the new online system introduced by the department.
The number of EWS vacancies in private schools has not been calculated till now. The portal will work only for private schools for now, but the department plans to introduce it in the next session for senior classes of government schools.