For the 3,000 Class-11 seats at six Meritorious Schools in Punjab, 2,925 students have registered online as candidates in the past three days, a much better response from last year when almost 700 seats were left vacant.
The Society for Promotion of Quality Education for Poor and Meritorious Students started online registration on June 1 in all 22 districts, and it will close the process at 5pm on June 15. This year, 8,415 students in the state have above 80% score in the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class-10 examinations conducted in March.
"This year, we'll hold the first online counselling in every district for these seats," said Meritorious Schools project director major general KAS Bhullar (retd), adding: "This will start after June 15 and we'll keep putting up the dates on the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) website. This year, the response from the students is better and we expect the competition to be tough."
The Class-11 academic session at the schools will open in July, as counselling will go on until June 25. When asked if the department would give textbooks and uniform to students, he replied: "No, we will tell them during counselling to buy these on their own, and we'll put the cost into their bank accounts. We are recruiting teachers, wardens and principals, and going to advertise these posts on June 7."
Amritsar students invited to apply
Amritsar: The local administration informed the students of all government schools in the district about online admissions to residential meritorious schools, and invited them to apply for the seats, if they have more than 80% score in Class 10.
Acting deputy commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal on Wednesday said students could apply for commerce, medical, and non-medical seats in Class 11. The Punjab government has opened these schools in Amritsar, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, SAS Nagar and Patiala, where free education and hostel facilities are given to the students.
Amritsar district education officer (DEO) Satinderbir Singh said more information was available on www.ssapunjab.org. (With inputs from Usmeet Kaur)
Classes: 11 and 12 (applications sought only for Class 11)
Schools: Six (Amritsar, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, SAS Nagar and Patiala)
For: Poor and meritorious students
First session started on: August 4, 2014
Eligibility: Above 80% score in Class 10
Benefit: Education and accommodation is free of cost; students are prepared for the entrance examinations of prestigious institutes of engineering, management, law, and medicine within and outside the state
Where to apply: www.ssapunjab.org
Deadline for applying: 5pm on June 15
500 in each school
300 for girls
200 for boys
100 in medical stream (40 boys, 60 girls)
100 in commerce stream (40 boys, 60 girls)
300 in non-medical stream (120 boys, 180 girls)
Number of applicants
SAS Nagar 119
Who can apply
Students from the state's government schools, besides students from Dashmesh Girls Senior Secondary School, Badal; Dashmesh Senior Secondary School, Talwandi Sabo (Bathinda); and Dashmesh Senior Secondary School, Kotla Sultan (Amritsar)
4,702 students had above 80% score in Class 10
2,437 students applied for 3,000 seats in Meritorious Schools
678 seats were left vacant in the state