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Majority of academic institutions in Jamshedpur running without land of their own: RTI activist

Mail News Service

Jamshedpur, May 17: Majority of academic institutions in the city are running in contravention with the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act. Only seven institutions are running on government land or Tata lease land. This was claimed by RTI activist Sadan Kumar Thakur here on Tuesday. He said he had obtained the above information through an RTI application.

Thakur said the institutions that are running on Tata lease land include XLRI-Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, Kerala Samajam, Ram Krishna Mission, Singhbhum Homoeopathic College and Hospital, Institute of Environmental Management and Studies, Rajasthan Maitri Sangh, South Park, Bistupur, and Centre for Inner Resource Development, Kharkai Enclave, Sonari.

“Under the RTE Act, all schools need to get compulsory approval from the education department. For this, the urban schools need two acres of land while rural schools need three acres of land for running the institution. The government had given exemption to schools for three years from 2010 to 2013. All institutions were asked to get affiliation from government under the RTE Act. Barring a handful of them, none got affiliation,” said Thakur.

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