The Delhi high court on Thursday lifted stay on nursery admissions by allowing city schools to admit children selected through draw of lots, bringing relief to thousands of harried parents after weeks of uncertainty.
A division bench of acting chief justice BD Ahmed and justice Sidharth Mridul, however, said inter-state category students would not be considered for admission as the court would look into their case on April 16 — the next day of hearing.
This is the longest that the nursery admissions have been stretched in the city. There is always a scramble for admissions and lots of anxious moments for parents, but this year new guidelines and multiple litigations have seen the process take an unprecedented four months, delaying the session.
After almost a day-long hearing, the court said admission process for the selected applicants should be completed by April 9, adding schools would not hold a fresh draw of lots till the next date of hearing.
The court also gave the parents whose children have been selected in more than one school until April 9 to pick one or lose the admission.
It has also asked the directorate of education (DoE) for details of seats that will fall vacant after the deadline.
On April 16, it would consider if inter-state transfer category and wait-listed children could be accommodated against these seats, the court said.
According to data provided by DoE, there are 60,030 seats available at the entry level in the city. Of these, 33,186 will be filled by children from the siblings, alumni and distance points category.
As many as 4,407 seats will be filled under the girl-child and staff quota. As many as 22,437 seats are expected to be left vacant. The numbers may rise as many children figure on the lists of more than one school.
At present, 95-point system is followed for admissions -- 70 are given to children who live within 8km radius of the school, 20 for those with a sibling in the school and five points if either or both the parents are an alumni.
Though another five points were marked for children whose parents moved from others states to Delhi, but the category was scrapped, and that is what is being fought bitterly in the court.