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No common ground on calendar

The confusion over nursery admission process persists, reports Anuradha Mukherjee.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2006 03:38 IST

The confusion over nursery admission process persists. While a majority of Delhi’s private schools are still deciding if they want to start admissions on December 1, some have already finished the process. Bal Bharti schools are among them. The high court in its October 17 judgement had said all schools are to follow a common admission calendar on a trial basis for a year starting December 1.

Bal Bharti school authorities say they have not flouted the high court order since no interview or interaction with children or their parents were held. “Our admissions were conducted as per the 100-point criteria. We had taken legal advice on the common calendar issue, and we were told that as long as we do not hold interviews or interactions, we were on safe ground,” said SC Baveja, principal Bal Bharti (Pitampura).

The Ganguly committee, however, had recommended that all schools follow a common admission calendar starting December 1 and finishing by March 15. Bal Bharti (Pitampura) secretary manager SK Bhattacharya, however, said that “the common calendar was not a part of the judgement and was only a guideline”.

Ganguly committee member and DPS (RK Puram) principal Shayama Chona asserts that the common calendar is binding on all the schools. “This is a part of the Ganguly committee’s recommendations and as per court order binding on all Delhi schools. We are starting our admission process by December 1,” she said.

Email anuradha.mukherjee@hindustantimes.com