The Centre on Monday moved Supreme Court against the Delhi high court verdict quashing Sanskriti School’s policy of reserving 60% seats for children of “elite government officers”.
Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the department of personnel and training’s (DoPT) appeal before a bench headed by chief justice TS Thakur who agreed to hear it on December 16. The urgency was sought on the ground that the admission process for the 2016-17 academic session could start anytime and the judgement could be an impediment.
A bench headed by justice Pradeep Nandrajog had on November 6 struck down the quota system in Sanskriti School and underlined the need for an inclusive education system.
It had said education was “the foundation” to build an edifice of social harmony and “the means through which one hopes to root out the divides that exists in society and integrate the country”.
But, assailing the order, the DoPT said the school was established to cater to the needs of children of central government employees who came to Delhi on deputation on tenure basis.
Depending upon the availability of seats, the school also admitted children of public sector undertaking and parents employed in the private sector. Sanskriti school, DoPT’s appeal stated, had similar objectives to that of special schools started by the Ministry of Defence for the children of defence personnel who face hardships due to transfer in exigencies.
There was classification among the wards, the appeal admitted. But, it justified the differentiation saying it was reasonable and had a rational nexus with the object sought to be achieved. The Centre denied the school received sizeable chunk of financial assistance from the government, as concluded by the HC. Instead, the grants have come from organisations that cannot be considered as instrumentalities of the states. The school’s recurring expenditure is met from the fees charged from the students.