New Delhi, 20 January
Parents were a relieved lot after the High Court today refused to stay the new nursery guidelines. Many of them had spent sleepless nights because of the uncertainty in the admission schedule.
They were happy that admissions are scheduled to start from tomorrow. "It’s really good to hear about it as finally the forms will be available from tomorrow," said Umabati Devi, a parent.
The admission process for the entry level is scheduled to begin from tomorrow and the last date of submission of applications is 5 February. Earlier the admissions were scheduled to start from 15 January. "I scheduled my leave twice due to the delays in the court hearings. But now I can finally apply for leave from tomorrow for application and submission of forms," said Neha Tyagi, a parent from west Delhi.
However, the body of private schools expressed regret over the verdict of the court. "The matter is not resolved yet as the autonomy of private schools shouldn’t be questioned like this by adhering to the new nursery admission guidelines," said RC Jain, president, Delhi State Public Schools Management Association.
Claiming that the new guidelines will make parents of general category suffer, Mr Jain said, "The general applicants would be the ultimate sufferers as the points are fragmented into distance, alumni points, siblings and girl child. So, there are possibilities that the parents in general category might lose the chance to get admissions in a certain number of private schools."
On the other hand, Sumit Vohra, founder of the web portal, admissionnursery.com, said, "There are very bleak chances of any tweaking of the guidelines after the High Court’s verdict. Possibilities are very few in this academic session."
Some parents are also worried that the private schools may move the Supreme Court, "We are happy to know the final dates of admissions. Hope Supreme Court doors will not be knocked on now," added a parent, Vibha Verma.