With the need for new schools on the rise, the Delhi Government has asked the union urban development ministry to restart the process of allotting nazul land (the land that belongs to the Delhi Development Authority) to private educational institutions and educational societies in the Capital.
Delhi Cabinet on Monday gave its nod to the proposal, which will now be sent to a committee set up under the union urban development ministry, to propose a policy for allotment of land to private educational societies for setting up of schools.
With the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act in Delhi—which makes education mandatory up to the age of 14 years—chief minister Sheila Dikshit said there is an urgent need to set up new schools.
"Since 2006, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has done away with its policy of allotting land to institutions and societies at concessional rates and have started auctioning land, that has made starting and running new schools very costly and difficult. On our insistence, the union government has set up this committee to formulate new guidelines for allotment of land to educational institutions and societies," Dikshit said.
According to the Delhi government's proposal, the DDA should allot 50% of vacant plots meant for opening of schools to government bodies —MCD, NDMC, Delhi Cantonment and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan —to set up schools and allot 40% plots to deserving societies. The remaining 10% can be auctioned to educational institutions, the Delhi government has proposed.
Delhi education minister Arvinder Singh said his department has sent a proposal to open 87 new schools in the Capital. To cope up with the increased demand for schools in the neighbourhood, private schools should also be opened in good numbers, Singh added.
"The DDA had been allotting nazul land to private educational institutions at concessional rates on recommendation of a land allotment committee of the city government. With the amendment in the policy in 2006, the committee became defunct," Singh said.