Nursery admissions may soon shed the 100-point Ganguly Committee straitjacket that weighed each candidate against factors like sibling, alumni, neighbourhood, parents’ educational qualification and occupation before arriving at a decision.
The Delhi High Court, however, on Wednesday told schools that shedding the points system did not mean that they would get “complete autonomy” on the admissions process. Accepting the assurance from schools and the government that children will not be interviewed, the court added that even parents must not be interviewed. “You can just have interactions with parents to elicit certain information,” said a bench comprising Chief Justice M.K. Sharma and Justice Sanjiv Khanna.
Spelling relief to schools that have been complaining about the supposed infringement of autonomy and confusion brought by the 100-point system, the court told the government’s counsel, “You can have a standardised formula with certain flexibility to schools.” The rider being — parameters set by the schools will need the approval of the Delhi Education Directorate.
Shyama Chona, member of the Ganguly Committee and principal of DPS, RK Puram, said, “It doesn't matter. I'm sure honest schools will device a transparent system. We believe the court is in the process of incorporating the best of the Ganguly Committee and the government’s affidavit.”
Sensing the mood of the Bench, Ashok Aggarwal, the lawyer representing the petitioner, submitted, “If the government and the schools are allowed to draft their own parameters, the entire purpose of forming the Ganguly Committee will be frustrated.”
“Schools will devise their own point system based on guidelines laid down by the government incorporating certain recommendations by Ganguly committee. But the panel’s 100-point system may need not have to be followed”, said lawyer Rakesh Khanna, representing the Association for Unaided Private Schools.
The government in its affidavit on November 6 had submitted that the autonomy of schools could not be interfered.
The government has set November 30 as date for commencing this year's admission process.