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New formula for nursery admissions

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Ashok Ganguly Committee mandated to recommend criteria for admission to the Nursery class in private schools here in the Capital on Friday submitted a fresh formula to the Delhi High Court.

The Committee, among other things, has recommended award of five points to children/applicants of persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes while preparing the merit list for admission.

It has also reduced points to be awarded to parents of wards, under the academic qualifications head, for graduation and above from 10 points to each (father and mother) to five points. It has also taken care of under-graduate parents, recommending award of three points to each while preparing the merit list. In its earlier recommendations, the Committee had ignored them and recommended grant of 10 points each to the graduate parents only. The schools will completely eliminate interview of or interaction with children and there would be no observation of children , the report stated.

The Committee has recommended that the admission process begin in the first week of December and schools must display the lists of selected children as well as waitlisted children by February 15. Schools which start the admission process by the middle of December should display the lists between February 15 and 28/ 29. The subsequent list/lists for the vacant seats can be displayed in March, the report said.

The schools would assess the applicants on a scale of 1 to100 under the heads recommended by the Committee. An applicant staying within a radius of 3 km of the school will get the maximum of 30 points. A sibling will get 15 points. However, schools will have the discretion to apply a cap of 20 per cent of the total assets under this category.

Under the alumni category, a maximum of five points will be allotted if the father or mother or both are alumnus of the school.

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