Nursery admissions in Delhi will start from January 1 as per the guidelines issued by the education department on Tuesday for admission into entry-level classes. Like last year, schools will be free to come out with their own criteria for admissions as long as they are ‘well defined, non discriminatory, unambiguous and transparent’.
“The admissions and draw of lots, if any, shall be conducted in a transparent manner preferably in the presence of parents,” the guidelines say.
Like very year, schools will have to reserve 25 per cent of the seats for the economically weaker sections (EWS) with the department saying a separate process would be announced for admission under those seats later. Admission for those belonging to the EWS and Disadvantaged Group (DG) category at entry-level may happen through a centralised lottery system this year with the education department managing the entire process, though the department is yet to come out with a notification in this regard.
“Through a centralised lottery system, admissions will happen online. Schools will accept forms online. We have already mapped the schools so once all forms are submitted, a computerised lottery system will allot students to respective schools. Schools will have to take the students allotted to them,” a senior education department official said.
To ensure transparency, the department has mandated that schools upload details of applicants and marks allotted to them on the school’s website apart from the department’s website.
The department has also asked schools to upload details of children admitted and wait-listed under their respective point system on its website.
Number of seats at the entry-level will not be less than highest number of seats over the last three years, the department has said. A flexboard announcing the total number of seats as well as admission criteria has to be displayed outside the schools, the directorate has mandated.
The government had passed bills to bring substantive changes in the nursery admission system, but in the absence of clearance from the Centre, the changes could not be brought this admission season.