Nursery admissions under the economically weaker section (EWS) and disadvantaged group (DG) categories will begin from January 1 with the directorate of education (DOE) for the first time conducting a centralised online lottery based on the neighbourhood criterion for around 1,150 schools in the capital.
The directorate on Monday announced that schools recognised under the Delhi School Education Act & Rules, 1973 will conduct admissions under the centralised online system. The remaining 413 schools recognised under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009 and regulated by local authorities will continue admissions in the previous mode.
The admission process under the special categories will begin and conclude as per the nursery admission schedule from January 1-March 30. While the last date for submitting application is January 22, the first list will be out on February 15 followed by another list on February 29.
Director Padmini Singla said the directorate had devised a common registration form that has been uploaded on the official website. “We will conduct a centralised online lottery for nursery admissions on seats under EWS category. Parents can fill the form online and the DOE will allot students to various schools based on the distance criterion as set by us,” she said.
The director said admission would first be offered to students belonging to the EWS and DG category residing within one kilometre of the school, after which students residing within 3 kilometres would be admitted if vacancies remain.
“If still there are vacancies, then the admission shall be offered to other students residing within 6 km of the institution. Students residing beyond 6 km shall be admitted only in case vacancies remain unfilled even after considering all the students within 6 km area,” the DOE said.
The directorate said schools will acce pt forms from all applicants under the EWS and DG categories irrespective of the distance of residence from school, and then segregate them slab-wise for draw of lots.
Earlier, the government would issue a common admission form and monitor the draw of lots. The rest of the process used to be managed by the schools.