The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued a stay on moving Mirambika Free Progress School and asked authorities to maintain the status quo as far as the original location of the school and the campus in which it was housed prior to being shifted to the ashram is concerned.
The court also directed the Education department to conduct a fresh inspection of the premises where the school is currently housed and prepare a comprehensive report within three weeks. The officials were told to inform the petitioners in advance so that they can accompany the officials during the inspection. The case will now be heard on July 17.
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Students at Mirambika Free Progress School have been studying in hallways, stairways and converted dorms at the Aurobindo Ashram in South Delhi after the school was shifted overnight to the ashram premises on April 14.
School authorities said the building was vacated to make way for an engineering college, in the middle of the session, something that had left the parents confused and angry.
In a communication to parents, the school has given ‘advice’ from senior legal counsel and ‘negative atmosphere created in the last few days’ as reasons for shifting to the ashram.
The Mirambika Free Progress School is a recognised private unaided school, which was founded in 1981 and is run by Sri Aurobindo Education Society. The school has 170 students from Classes KG to Class X and is located in a landmark building on the grounds adjacent to the Aurobindo Ashram.
Sources in the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) said the original lease agreement that it signed with the school authorities permitted them to construct a college. However, soon after, the administration approached the department for a no-objection certificate to construct a school instead of a college. The NOC was reportedly granted and Mirambika Progress School was then constructed.
“The issue has now been forwarded to the legal department of the DDA which is examining it,” DDA vice-chairman Balwinder Kumar said.