Delhi nursery admissions begin amid confusion

  • Shradha Chettri and Heena Kausar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 01, 2016 19:40 IST
Parents buy nursery admission forms for their children at the Air Force Bal Bharti School, Lodhi Road, New Delhi on Friday. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT photo)

Confused parents belonging to both general and economically weaker section (EWS) categories queued outside the schools to buy forms on Friday as the nursery admission process began.

While most schools have opted for online mode for filling and submission of forms some like Modern School and The Shri Ram School in Vasant Vihar and Indian School on BRT are providing forms over the counter (offline mode) as well.

As most general category parents will take the online route for filling forms no major rush of parents could be seen at the schools.

Many parents who visited schools like Amity International, New Green Fields and Gyan Bharti in South Delhi’s Saket could be seen returning empty handed. They said they did not know about the online process and had come to the schools to ensure they don’t miss out on the admission forms. “Since morning, I have roamed around in four schools. Only after coming to this school that I came to know I have to apply online. I will now make sure I register and apply today itself,” said Seema Sharma, a resident of south Delhi’s Khanpur who is seeking admission for her daughter. She was standing outside Amity International School, Saket.

Read more: A parent’s handbook for surviving Delhi nursery admissions

Most parents of the EWS category were caught unawares as the government has introduced the online and centralised process for them for the first time. Many such parents could be seen at Springdales School Pusa Road and Bal Bharti Public School. “I didn’t know EWS admissions is only by online. I don’t know how to do that. I will seek help from someone. I have already visited six to seven schools but there is only online admissions for EWS,” said Dharmendra Verma, who is seeking admission for his three-year-old daughter. He lives in Karol Bagh and was at the Springdales School.

However, there were some parents who wanted to clarify about the process of admission at the school itself. “Since I live close by I thought I will come check myself. It is about my son’s admission so I cannot afford to take a chance,” said Sumit Wadhwa, who lives in Malviya Nagar in south Delhi.

The admission process for all general, EWS and disadvantaged group (DG) categories began on Friday. The last date for submission of applications is January 22 while the first list will be out on February 15 and second on February 29. Admission would first be offered to students belonging to the EWS and DG categories residing within one kilometre of the school, then students residing within three kilometres would be considered.

Read more: Delhi nursery admissions: Schedule, list of documents needed


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