Delhi HC stays notification on regulating nursery admissions in private schools

Delhi government sought to make it mandatory for private, unaided minority schools to admit nursery students, using their neighbourhood and distance they travel as criterion


The Delhi high court held that minority education institutions had autonomy over the functioning of such schools and could not be asked to be regulated under the notification. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
The Delhi high court held that minority education institutions had autonomy over the functioning of such schools and could not be asked to be regulated under the notification. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Friday stayed a notification by the Delhi government which sought to make it mandatory for private, unaided minority schools to admit nursery students, using their neighbourhood and the distance they travel as a criterion.

As a result of the court’s order, around 15 unaided private minority schools sited on public land will be free to decide on admitting students under the unreserved category for nursery admissions.

Justice Manmohan held that minority education institutions had autonomy over the functioning of such schools and could not be asked to be regulated under the notification.

“The court is of the prima facie view that minority schools can admit students in the manner that they deem fit. They should not have to be regulated by a criteria as set out under the notification.” Manmohan held.

Under a 7 January notification, the Delhi government sought to allot seats for nursery admissions in private unaided schools built on public land based on the location of the school.

It gave priority for admission to those living within a radius of 1 kilometre from the school. In case seats remained vacant, those living within a 3 kilometre radius would be given a chance.

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