The Delhi government’s ambitious plan to have a centralised application form for the upcoming nursery admission season in all schools has been shelved for the time being.
Citing impracticality, Delhi education minister Kiran Walia said they had not seen a viable plan to implement a centralised system so far.
“We had planned to put a system in place but after going through a lot of models, it has turned out that the process is not very practical. It is very difficult to find one system that can incorporate the different point systems of all schools. For the time being, the system adopted by the schools seems to be the most efficient one and we don’t want to tinker with a system without having a better alternative,” Walia said.
The Delhi government was exploring the option of having a centralised application form for all schools on the lines of Delhi University but considering the varied admission criteria schools use in the points system, the plan was shot down by many people with most school principals saying that the process would be impossible to implement.
The Delhi government had introduced a centralised admission form for students under the economically weaker section (EWS) category last year.
Since there is no points system for EWS students, the system was much easier to implement there.
Nursery admissions in Delhi are considered to be among the toughest to crack, with some even calling it tougher than cracking the IITs.
Delhi’s process is governed by a set of guidelines based on which schools are allowed to decide their points system. Most schools give the maximum points to the children who live close to the school followed by the children of alumni and siblings of existing students.
This year’s guidelines are expected to be declared by mid-December and the admission process is expected to start by the first week of January.