Delhi govt guidelines for nursery admission

New Delhi: Delhi government on Wednesday issued guidelines for nursery class admission, giving a greater say to private schools in framing the procedure and eligibility criteria for enrolling the children.

Announcing the broad guidelines, Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said each private school will be free to frame their guidelines and eligibility criteria for admission in nursery classes provided they follow the broad contours of the Right to Education Act.

He said educational qualification and income of the parents would not rpt not be any basis for admission.

Lovely said the admission process would begin from January 1, 2011 and will have to be completed by March 31, 2011.

The Minister said 25 per cent of the total seats will have to be reserved for students belonging to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) as per RTE Act and rest of the seats would be open to general category students.

He said that after finalising the admission criteria, the schools will have to apprise the government about them and publish them in the media.

Lovely said the decision to allow the private schools to frame the guidelines was taken after Union HRD Ministry suggested the same.

"The schools are free to frame their own criteria for different categories in conformity with the guidelines but they will have to inform the Directorate of Education with the details of such criteria and give wide publicity to the same," Lovely said.