[lg policy] Karnataka: State gets record no. of applications for schools this yr

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Wed Nov 25 16:27:32 UTC 2015

State gets record no. of applications for schools this yrM V Pavan,TNN |
Nov 25, 2015, 09.41 AM IST

BENGALURU: Having received 1,500 applications to start new schools in the
state, the department of public instruction (DPI) has its hands full. And
300 of them have come for schools in the city; Bengaluru South and North
zones accounting for 71 and 62 applications respectively .

This year's number is nearly double when compared to 2014, when DPI
received 800 applications. A source in the department said the 2015 figure
is the highest DPI has ever seen. After scrutinising 238 of the 1,500
applications, DPI has rejected 183.In Bengaluru North alone, 57
applications have been rejected.

Mansoor Ali Khan, secretary , Management of Independent CBSE Schools
Association (MICSA), told TOI the demand for schools in Bengaluru South and
North is high as these areas are growing.

In the northern part of the city, the requirement has shot up following the
establishment of the international airport.

Experts attributed the spike in applications to the Supreme Court's thumbs
down to the state's language policy, advocating the mother tongue as
mandatory medium of instruction."Private school managements were hesitant
to start new schools with the policy mandating Kannada as the medium of
instruction in primary school.With that barrier not existing, there is s
renewed interest," said an expert.

D Shashi Kumar, general secretary, Karnataka Associated Managements of
English Medium Schools (KAMS), said: "In the past, not many managements
were applying because many existing private schools' applications for
starting new higher primary schools (class 6 and above) were rejected
citing they have violated the language policy. Since the issue is sorted
out, existing schools have started applying for new ones."

DPI first invited applications from October 5 to 15, and then from November
3 to 19. The time has been extended till November 30. For the first time,
DPI is receiving applications online.Among Tier II cities, the highest
number of applications have come for schools in Mysuru. DPI has rejected
nine of the 18.

Stating that the increasing IT population is among the reasons for the high
demand in Bengaluru, K P Gopalakrishna, chairman, National Public Schools,
said: "The requirement in Mysuru is going up because it is developing fast."


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