February 17, 2017

Delhi government challenges nursery admissions order - Nursery Admissions Delhi 2017-18


The AAP government on Thursday approached the Delhi High Court, challenging a single-judge order that stayed its nursery admissions notification compelling 298 private schools, built on public land, to adopt only neighbourhood criteria.
Filing an appeal before a division bench, Delhi government contended that the single judge was wrong and erroneous and sought setting aside of the February 14 order.
Justice Manmohan in his February 14 order said Delhi government’s January 7 notification was “arbitrary and discriminatory”.
The notification issued by the Department of Education of Delhi government had made “distance” the primary criterion for admission of tiny tots.
The court had questioned the Delhi government’s decision to impose the neighbourhood restriction to only those schools that are built on Delhi Development Authority land.
The notification accorded priority to students living within a radius of one km from the school concerned. In case the seats remain vacant, those living within a distance of 3 km will get the chance for admission.
There are 1,400 private unaided schools in the capital, of which 298 are built on land allotted by the DDA.
The court’s judgement came on petitions filed by two school bodies — the Action Committee of Unaided Recognised Private Schools and Forum for Promotion of Quality Education along with a few parents to challenge the guidelines.
Earlier, the high court stayed the government’s nursery admission notification that made it mandatory for private unaided minority schools to admit students, in the unreserved category, on the basis of neighbourhood criteria.

source:newsx.com

February 15, 2017

BREAKING!! Neighbourhood Criteria Scrapped for 298 Delhi Schools on Govt Land

HC judgment was due on 14th Feb is finally out and after a series of ups and downs on selection criteria for Nursery Admissions 2017-2018 session for 298 schools built on govt land in Delhi, finally HC has ruled that neighborhood criteria can not be FORCED onto these schools.

Delhi govt issued a notice that schools built on govt land must follow the special selection criteria, that mandated 75 seats to be filled with kids from neighborhood (i.e making distance as main criteria for selection. HC stayed the order mid of January, adding the chaos, and poor schools had started publishing their selection criteria and points breakup on DOE website, further leading to confusion.

In short -

  • Schools are free to setup their own selection criteria from the list of approved ones (that actually covers all that you can think of), but here is the favorite criteria that schools are expected to pick from,  
  • While schools will continue to use distance as main criteria, expect the points to be dropped for distance and other standard criteria will get their place and slice
  • Schools will probably update the revised criteria and points on DOE site, but given that there is not much time left, so they may be updating it on their website, and at school notice boards. We shall try and update the database as soon as it is made available, here you can refer and search schools and their criteria and points as it stands today.

Good luck parents!

February 10, 2017

Delhi HC to pronounce judgement on nursery admission matter by Feb. 14 - Nursery Admissions Delhi 2017-18


The Delhi High Court on Thursday concluded arguments and reserved its judgement in the nursery admission case.

The Delhi High Court on Thursday concluded arguments and reserved its judgement in the nursery admission case.
The court is likely to pronounce its judgement by next week on whether January 7 notification of Delhi Lieutenant Governor regarding neighbourhood criteria will apply for admissions this year.
The order is expected to come by February 14.
Earlier, the court stated it to be a ‘race against time’ and added that it has to decide the plea on nursery admissions within a ‘very tight schedule’.
Justice Manmohan was referring to the deadline of February 14 for submission of nursery application forms in Delhi schools.
The court heard the arguments by petitioners, including section of parents and two school groups challenging the Delhi government’s December 19, 2016 and January 7 notifications that made 298 private schools, built on Delhi Development Authority (DDA) land, to accept nursery forms based only on the neighbourhood or distance criteria.
The school’s advocate replied that the issue can be bifurcated since due to the new circulars, a fresh ground of discrimination between two school groups has cropped up.
The school association argued that interest of 298 schools has to be safeguarded and being the government, it should not discriminate between students, more so, when there is no definition of neighbourhood criteria in the letter allotting land to the schools.
The High Court had also asked the Centre and the Delhi government to produce before it the allotment letters on the basis of which neighbourhood criteria was said to be imposed.
The two school groups Action Committee of Unaided Recognised Private Schools, Forum for Promotion of Quality Education and parents have contended that these circulars are bad in law and have curtailed their fundamental rights. (ANI)


Source: India.com

February 8, 2017

Nursery Admissions Issue- A race against time.....


"It is a race against time," was how the  Delhi High Court on Tuesday observed while referring to the "tight schedule" before which it has to decide on the pleas challenging the Delhi government's notifications on neighbourhood criteria for nursery admission.Justice Manmohan was referring to the deadline of February 14 for submission of nursery application forms in Delhi schools.
The court heard the arguments by petitioners, including section of parents and two school groups challenging the Delhi government's December 19, 2016 and January 7 notifications that made 298 private schools, built on Delhi Development Authorityland, to accept nursery forms based only on the neighbourhood or distance criteria.
HC asked the schools if their challenge to the notification can be "bifurcated" so that the issue of land allotted by DDA and the neighbourhood criteria could be argued separately.
The school's advocate replied that the issue can be bifurcated since due to the new circulars, a fresh ground of discrimination between two school groups has cropped up.
The school body also alleged that the government has "discriminated" among schools as the neighbourhood criteria has been applied against only 298 schools while it has not been made mandatory for the other 1,400.
"If the issue of children going to 1,400 schools is not a matter of concern for the government then why is it a concern for students of 298 others? Why only 298 schools have been subjected to this kind of treatment? It is nothing but arbitrariness and discrimination," the lawyer said.
The school association argued that interest of 298 schools has to be safeguarded and being the government, it should not discriminate between students, more so, when there is no definition of neighbourhood criteria in the letter allotting land to the schools.
On Monday HC asked the Centre to explain its stand with regard to the neighbourhood norm. It had also directed the government to show the copy of allotment letters on the basis of which neighbourhood criteria was imposed.
The two school groups — Action Committee of Unaided Recognised Private Schools, Forum for Promotion of Quality Education — and parents have contended that these circulars are bad in law and have curtailed their fundamental laws.



source:timesofindia.indiatimes.com