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Lottery row

East Singhbhum district administration will clarify on Monday whether it would allow manual lottery or computer generated names to select students at the entry level in Jamshedpur schools.

East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal on Thursday assured a delegation of parents — who cited a Delhi High Court judgment and Supreme Court verdict calling for transparent random selection process — that he would make an informed decision.

“I have taken copies of the court orders. I will make my stand clear on Monday after going through them in detail,” Kaushal said.

The DC’s decision came after parents under Jamshedpur Abhibhavak Sangh staged a protest before the district collectorate.

Many private schools decided to stick to the Saras software for the lottery, triggering the protest.

Parents demanded schools be prevented from using Saras 2.0 as the software had “inherent flaws” and could not guarantee transparent selection.

“We apprised the DC that erstwhile district superintendent of education Indu Bhusan Singh had also acknowledged that Saras 2.0 software could be easily tampered with,” said Sangh president Umesh Kumar.

Sangh members also claimed private schools did not conduct random selection process before neutral observers.

“We have told the administration about schools resorting to dubious means to violate RTE Act norms while picking candidates. We have demanded random selection process only via manual lottery,” Umesh Kumar added.

Nearly 60 private schools issued forms for admissions. Random selection results will be declared on January 11, 2014.