After much uproar, nursery admissions in the capital have finally begun from January 21 and applications can be submitted till February 5. Delhi High court has rejected the plea by an association of private unaided schools to put a stay on the new the guidelines framed for nursery admissions in the upcoming academic session.
The High court said the new rules had not been opposed by parents who appear to have welcomed the same and said any interference will prove detrimental to the interests of children. It ordered Delhi government to immediately notify new dates of admission. The parents are very happy with the move as the new guidelines intend to do away with hefty donations demanded from schools in lieu of admission of their children. The new guidelines state that 70 points will be accorded to those children living within 8 km distance from the school, under neighbourhood criteria. Besides these, the applicants who have sibling studying in the same school will get 20 points. Also, the 20% management quota has been scrapped. The group of unaided private schools, in their plea wanted the court to stay the guidelines for the session 2014-15, adding that it encroached upon their autonomy in selecting the students.