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Schedule out; admissions to begin January 1

Parents in the Capital seeking admission for their child in nursery can breathe easy. The Delhi government has announced the nursery admission schedule to be followed by schools for the academic session 2011-12.

delhi Updated: Dec 20, 2010 23:43 IST
Joyeeta Ghosh

Parents in the Capital seeking admission for their child in nursery can breathe easy. The Delhi government has announced the nursery admission schedule to be followed by schools for the academic session 2011-12.

The increased autonomy of schools to decide the nursery admission policy and absence of a structured admission schedule had the parents worried about the admission process. The sale of form begins from January 1 and ends on January 15.

“Contrary to some media reports, there is a common schedule this year and all the schools have to abide by it,” said Education Minister Arvinder Singh on Monday. The schedule will be uploaded on the Directorate of Education’s website by Wednesday. He also added that if any school fails to follow it the Directorate of Education would take action against the school.

Like last year, this year, too, schools have the flexibility to draw their schedules within the given time period. “Yes, we were informed about a common schedule. That will make the admission process simple both for the parents and the schools. Last year, too, we worked within a schedule. To avoid confusion after looking at the school schedules, parents should draw a list of schools in advance and then apply,” said Jyoti Bose, principal, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan.

Parents, too, were relived at the news. “This is great news. As it is schools have so much freedom to decide the criteria and if there were no schedule, it would be chaotic. Such a schedule will ensure that schools have to complete the entire admission process within a time period,” said Pallabi Biswal, who is seeking admission for her three-year-old son.

Schools have the liberty to decide the criteria based on the nature and number of applications received and the objectives of the school on a ‘rational, reasonable and just basis.’ The Delhi government has banned child profiling based on parental educational qualifications and income.
Apart from this, the admission policy decided by the schools should be placed by the school in the public domain, given wide publicity and explicitly stated in school prospectus. The schools cannot test or interview any child or parent falling within or outside the categories.
Most schools have indicated that they will follow a mix of point and lottery system.