Amit Sachdev and his wife had struggled long and hard last year to secure a seat for their son in nursery in a school of their choice.
“By the end of the whole exercise, I had made a resolution that I would make an effort to simplify this maddening process for other parents,” said Sachdev, who managed to get his son admitted into The Banyan Tree School in Gurgaon last year.
His resolution has finally materialised and taken shape of an admission fair, which first starts from Gurgaon on Saturday.
Called Schoolex, the exhibition, which is a first of its kind in the Capital, is a two-day affair and has close to 50 schools in Gurgaon participating in it. Similar fairs in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Noida, Mumbai and Pune will follow the Gurgaon chapter.
The fair is being organised by Hindustan Times in association with Edubition, an organisation founded by the Sachdevs.
“Principals and teachers will be there to represent their schools. Parents can register themselves, pick up prospectus and fix interaction dates with the school. Some institutions will also be offering forms and on-the-spot admissions,” said Sachdev.
Information on teachers, seats, student-teacher ratio, timings, admission schedule, will also be available to parents.
List of 50 participating schools include names such as Amity International School, Delhi Public School, Sushant Lok, DAV Public School, Salwan Public School, Shalom Hills International School and Swiss Cottage School.
“We’re trying to provide all the information one needs under one roof. So, apart from schools setting up stalls, different education boards such as International Baccalaureate (IB), Central Board of Secondary Examination and Council For The Indian Schools Certificate Examinations will make presentations on their curriculum, so parents can make informed decisions,” he added.
Gurgaon Schoolex '09 will be held on September 5 and 6 from 10 am to 6 pm at Exhibition Hall, Epicentre.