‘Fair’ deal at last for beleaguered parents

Updated on Sep 05, 2009 11:01 PM IST

Debashish Ghosh and his wife had been worried about the nursery admission of their three-year old son for some time now. On Saturday, however, they confessed they were quite relived, reports Sanjeev Ahuja.

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Hindustan Times | BySanjeev Ahuja, Gurgaon

Debashish Ghosh and his wife had been worried about the nursery admission of their three-year old son for some time now. On Saturday, however, they confessed they were quite relived.

The relief was courtesy Gurgaon Schoolex 09, an admission fair, which told the couple about a number of options they had. The fair was held at Epicenter (sector 44) in Gurgaon, where 53 schools had participated.

The fair is the brainchild of Amit Sachdeva and his wife, both architects, who went through the admission grind last year and had resolved to make the process easier for other parents in future. It has been organised in association with Hindustan Times.

“My work keeps me quite busy and honestly I can’t afford to take leave to go school-hunting for my child,” said Ghosh. “This fair is a godsend as it offers a number of options under one roof,” Ghosh said.

Ashish Pandey, who visited the fair with his wife and two-and-half year old son echoed Ghosh’s views.

“I have collected information on a dozen schools in just one day. This job would have easily taken much longer as I would have had to run from pillar to post for this otherwise,” he said.

At Schoolex 09, the participating institutions provided parents with information on method of teaching, seats available, student-teacher ratio, school timings, admission schedule, transport facility, fee structure, among other things. Some even offered on-the-spot admission.

Suman Gulati, chairperson of Blue Bells Group of Schools, said that Schoolex was not only a great opportunity for parents but for schools as well.

“This has facilitated interaction with parents on a larger scale,” she said.

“This fair has offered me an opportunity to choose out of dozens of schools in just one visit on weekend. I am collecting information and the required material and would be at ease now to decide on the kind of school I should go for my son,” he added.

Sachdeva said he would be holding such fairs in Dwarka followed by Delhi, Noida, Faridabad and Mumbai.

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