The court also made it clear that the ongoing "nursery admission process would remain unaffected".
The court allowed the plea of the Centre that the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (also known as RTE Act) is applicable to a child between the age group of 6 to 14 and that the states were free to formulate policies to govern pre-school (nursery) admission.
The bench, however, asked the HRD ministry to consider amending the Act to include the admission of pre-school classes under the legislation to extend the benefits to children below the age of six.
The court, in its judgement said that if the issue of pre-school admissions is not included under the RTE Act, then "it would render the law meaningless".
The PIL had been filed by NGO Social Jurist, which had challenged the two notifications issued by the HRD Ministry and the Delhi government.
On November 23, 2010, the ministry had issued guidelines under the RTE Act that had allowed the schools to frame their own admission criteria, the NGO had submitted.
Later, the DoE of the Delhi government had also issued similar guidelines, it had said.