Education dept to approach minority body to verify Vivek High’s status

  • Aneesha Bedi, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jan 18, 2016 12:03 IST
Vivek High School (HT FILE PHOTO)

Amid the row over Vivek High School’s minority status, the UT education department is set to write to the National Minority Commission for Education (NMCEI) to verify the institution’s claims.

District higher education (DSE) Rubinderjit Singh Brar told HT, “We are writing to the minority commission to get the latest status on Vivek High about their minority claims, so that we know what action we can take on the show-cause notice issued to the school and on the basis of the complaint we had received.”

The move comes days after the private school was issued a show-cause notice for allegedly defying the Right to Education (RTE) act, after a parent filed the complaint of discrimination on religious grounds during the ongoing nursery admissions.

The school authorities have maintained that they are a minority institution and the Constitution of India, under selective sections, allows them to fill seats on the basis of religion. To that effect, school had sent a four-page long reply maintaining their stance and said the NMCEI stance was not feasible.

School chairperson HS Mamik stated that the complaint interferes in the matters of Sikh minority institution and is an attempt to destroy their autonomy.

He had further stated that the matter had already been argued and the judgment was reserved by the commission and the department at least couldn’t interfere in that aspect.

When asked to comment on this latest development, Mamik said, “I am surprised to learn that the DPI office is pursuing plans of targeting a minority institution, instead of completing their responsibilities of child mapping, improving their infrastructure, increasing the number of seats in the nursery classes.”

“I feel it’s time to investigate why the provisions of the RTE, placing responsibility on the department have not been completed for the last five years. That is a clear violation of the act. The DPI office should complete its obligation rather than spend time on irrelevant issues,” Mamik added.

“The objective should be improving education and not satisfying personal ego. I sincerely hope that they will introspect and deliver,” he added.

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