DSEK tightens noose around private coaching centres
Calls for applications from underprivileged students to get enrolled for coaching
Srinagar: Tightening its noose against the private coaching centres, the government has taken over control of these institutes to accommodate the students belonging to BPL category and other destitutes, under the 10 percent reserved quota for them.
On Tuesday, the directorate of school education Kashmir (DSEK) issued a notification inviting applications from the under-privileged candidates to avail admission in private coaching centres under 10 percent departmental quota for the session 2018-2019.
As per the notification, the students from Below Poverty Line (BPL) category, orphans, destitute, physically challenged and other under-privileged categories are eligible to apply for the admission through the education department.
“The free coaching facility for the deserving students is one of the broader and pro-academic initiatives taken by the education department during the last one and half year,” said DSEK, G N Itoo.
The director education has also appealed to the deserving students to avail the opportunity of supplementary academic support for their larger benefit.
The move comes at a time when the parents of students enrolled in coaching centres under 10 percent reserved quota for poor students, have accused the coaching centres of demanding money from them.
The parents of these students complained in past years that they were charged money by the coaching centres, in violation of the norms.
The parents had complained that the proprietors of the coaching institutes were demanding of Rs 4000 to Rs 5000 in their respective coaching centres from the students belonging to BPL category.
The coaching centres, as per the government guidelines have to provide free admission reserved for BPL and other downtrodden students. Earlier, the coaching centres used to identify the students and enroll them in their respective institutions free of cost.
The coaching centres however, termed the government move as harassment to coaching centers saying that the coaching centres were accommodating the destitute and orphans in coaching centres without making their names public.
“It is not good if an orphan is identified publicly or any students name under a BPL category is made public. DSEK should consider the sensitivity of the matter,” said G N Var, chairman coaching centre association Kashmir (CCAK).
DSEK G N Itoo meanwhile, said the 10 percent admission in each coaching centres will be monitored by the department to ensure the facility is availed by the deserving lot.