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Private schools dump common calendar ruling

Flouting the Delhi HC order for nursery admissions, several private Delhi schools have already started admissions, reports Anuradha Mukherjee.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2006 23:39 IST

Schools are supposed to follow a common calendar for nursery admission this year—so the Delhi High Court had decreed. But is anybody bothered about that direction? Several private schools in the city have started their admission process—some even without advertising that registration was on. Some have closed admission. All this means more confusion for parents of toddlers set to join school.

Schools like Mount Carmel and Bal Bharti School (Pitampura, Ganga Ram Hospital Marg) have finished their admission process. "Mount Carmel (Dwarka) released its final list on November 18, while Bal Bharti (Dwarka) will declare the list of selected candidates on November 28," said Bhaskar Bhardwaj, a parent.

Several other schools like Bal Bharti (Pitampura, Ganga Ram Hospital Marg, Dwarka), Mount Carmel (Dwarka), Presidium (Ashok Vihar), Hans Raj Model School (Punjabi Bagh), Apeejay schools, Venkateswara International (Dwarka), Maxfort (Dwarka) have already started the process.

Sarita Rajiv, a parent, informed that Apeejay (Pitampura) had started giving out forms from November 23 to November 28. "November 30 is the last date for submitting the forms. The school says our children will get provisional admission by December 14. Strangely, the prospectus and form do not mention any admission dates or the procedure to be followed," said Rajiv. As per the Ganguly committee's recommendations, registration and sale of prospectus and forms were supposed to open on December 1 to ensure uniformity.  

Principal Hans Raj Model School, K Ahluwalia, however, said that the school was redoing the admissions because of the HC order. "We are going to inform applicants through courier that the lottery has been cancelled and will now be held according to HC norms. They can come and collect the criteria from the school on December 1," said Ahluwalia. 

Principal Bal Bharati School (Dwarka), VK Bhatnagar, confirmed that the school was going to display the final list of successful applicants on November 28.

"Following the common calender is not practically feasible but we have followed the 100 point criteria laid down by HC," he said. Those working in the field of education feel this clearly flays the court's order. "Anyone who has started or finished admission or is not following the HC norms can face contempt proceedings," said lawyer Ashok Aggarwal of NGO Social Jurists. 

Email Anuradha Mukherjee: anuradha.mukherjee@hindustantimes.com