Delhi residence proof mandatory for admission to schools of excellence
The Delhi government has revised the guidelines for enrolment in its five Schools of Excellence, making it mandatory for candidates to submit a proof of residence in Delhi. The clause was not mentioned in the previous year’s guidelines.
A senior directorate of education (DoE) official said the clause was already in place but it has been mentioned in the admission guidelines for the first time.
“The government recently decided to make residence proof of Delhi as one of the eligibility condition for admission in state-run schools. It’s important that the children of Delhi avail world-class education the government schools are providing when the neighbouring states are doing nothing to improve the situation of their schools,” the official said.
The DoE on Monday issued guidelines for admission to class IX in Schools of Excellence for the 2019-20 session.
It mentioned that the candidate should submit a self attested copy of residence proof of Delhi. As per the guidelines, some documents admissible as residence proof include ration card issued in the name of parents having the name of the child, domicile certificate of child or parents, voter ID card of any of the parents, electricity or water bill, Aadhaar card of parents/child (optional) and passport in the name of any of the parents/child, among others.
Five schools of excellence— the only completely English medium state-run schools— were started by the Delhi government in 2018. While the admission criteria in these schools in nursery to class 5 are based on the neighbourhood criterion, there are entrance exams for classes 9 and 11.
The DoE had last month added the same clause to the admission guidelines for entry level classes—nursery, Kindergarten and class 1— in its Sarvodaya Vidyalayas.
Hindustan Times had, in February, reported that Delhi education minister Manish Sisioda supported the DoE’s recommendation of making residence in Delhi a condition for seeking admission into Delhi government schools.
The DoE official said that there were instances when more residents of neighbouring states were found enrolled in some Delhi government schools.
“The Delhi High Court recently had allowed three students from Ghaziabad to take admission in a Delhi government school, citing the fact that it’s nowhere mentioned in any government document that people with residence proof of Delhi only will be eligible. So, the DoE had decided to mention it in the guidelines,” said the official.
Ashok Aggrawal, a lawyer in the high court who appeared in the Ghaziabad students’ case, termed it “unconstitutional”. “According to a Supreme Court judgment, Delhi is the capital of India and no Indian is an outsider here. We will again move to the court if students’ will be denied admission on the same ground,” he said.