The Delhi high court order quashing 60% reservation for group A civil servants at the elite Sanskriti school in Chanakyapuri has left bureaucrats worried. A senior bureaucrat who did not want to be identified said: “Officers can be transferred anywhere at anytime of the year. In mid-season if someone is transferred to Delhi, some schools ask for as much as Rs10-15 lakh in donation. How will a civil servant pay that amount?”.
The school never discriminates between children even though there is reservation in admission, say parents. “It is a very good school and provides children a good platform for growth. The government provides the school with funds and everything gets utilised for the school and the development of children. All these reservations are a very political issue,” said a parent, whose two children study in Sanskriti.
The school, run by the Civil Services Society, reserves 60% seats for children of group A civil servants, which includes serving commissioned officers of the defence forces. But a large section of parents are happy that the order will open doors for general category students. At present, only 10% of the seats are open for such students.
“I have to admit my child in nursery from this year. With this judgement I have some hope that she would be able to get through Sanskriti. This judgement is a step towards ensuring equality,” said Atharv Goel, a computer engineer who lives in RK Puram.
In nursery classes last year, for instance, out of the total 140 seats, 68 were for children of civil service servants and only 11 were for general category students. Apart from the 68 reserved seats, 16 seats come under discretionary quota for children of the elite civil servants. Also, nursery admission criteria are also different. The ‘siblings’ and ‘parent alumni’ criteria remain but the distance rule does not apply to group A civil servants.
Another grouse of other parents is that the school also charges a lower fee for children of civil servants. “The money that the general students gave was being used to fund the children of the civil servants. They already have relaxation during the admission why for fees also. The system was not fair at all and the high court judgement is in the right light,” said another parent of a child studying in the school.
T he difference between fees in junior classes between the two categories is around Rs 39,000. The disparity goes up to Rs 50,000 for Classes 11 and 12 students. The school principal was not available for a comment despite many attempts to contact her.