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Sanskriti’s ‘grace’ under fire

india Updated: Feb 09, 2009 23:51 IST
Harish V Nair
Harish V Nair
Hindustan Times
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For the first time, the prestigious Sanskriti School in Chanakyapuri faces allegations of discriminating among wards of Group-A government officials in matters of nursery admission.

The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notice to the school, which mainly caters to the children of senior bureaucrats, on a petition filed by three Group-A officers of the Indian Railways whose wards could not secure admission.

They submitted before the court that the school had, in the admission process for the year 2009-2010, awarded 20 extra points to only the wards of children of Indian Railway Traffic Services (IRTS) officials and left out children of six other Group A categories of the railways.

As per criterion number 6 of Sanskriti’s school-specific criteria for admissions this year, only children of IAS, IPS, IFS (Group-A), IRTS and Customs officials were to get 20 points.

According to the petitioner, the six groups ignored are Indian Railway Services of Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Signal Engineers, those in Personnel Services and the Accounts Section.

“In the previous years, all the Group-A services of railways were treated at par and there is no rationale for any distinction or discrimination being shown this year,” their lawyer Ambar Qamaruddin submitted before Justice S Ravinder Bhat.

He accused Sanskriti of ignoring a letter written by the Ministry of Railways and the Railway Board Chairman, asking the school to treat all Group A Services of Indian Railways at par.

“There was no written response to the said letter. However, verbal assurances were given to the parents of the petitioners by the office of the principal.”

The court issued notice to the school and the Directorate of Education and sought their responses by February 24.