Hundreds of parents queued up outside schools in the capital as submission of forms for nursery admission closed on Wednesday.
While the more prominent schools witnessed record submission of applications for both general and EWS admissions, scramble for seats was also visible in the capital’s lesser-known schools too, with many left with few or no seats for the draw of lots.
By Wednesday evening, Delhi Public School, RK Puram, had received 7,052 forms for 115 seats, up from 6,000 it received last year.
While Springdales, Pusa Road, has received 6,380 applications for general category seats, at last count, Bal Bharati Public School, Pusa Road, had received 5,800 applications for 368 general category seats. Mount Carmel, Anand Niketan, has received 1,800 applications for 40 seats; its branch in Dwarka has received 4,600 forms for 60 seats, taking the ratio to 45:1 and 76:1 children per seat at the schools respectively.
Laxman Public School has received 3,500-plus forms for 110-odd general category seats, and 1,200 forms for 40-odd seats in the EWS category. “Last year, we received 500-odd forms for EWS admissions, but this year the number is up. Even for general seats, the number has increased, which means we will have to conduct individual lotteries too,” Usha Ram, principal of Laxman Public School, said.
Other schools like Springdales, Pusa Road (2,819 forms), DPS, RK Puram (2,000), and Bal Bharati School (1,700) also witnessed record number of forms for EWS admission. In fact, in some schools like Mount Abu, Rohini, sale of EWS forms (2,492) exceeded the sale of general category forms (1,900).
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According to Jyoti Arora, principal of the school, not only has the sale been unprecedented, but the large number of forms sold so far has meant her school will be conducting lottery for just 20-odd seats. “We have received 1,900 forms for 105-odd seats, and 2,492 forms for 35-odd seats under EWS. Most of the seats in the general category will get filled by those who have got sibling, alumni and other points. We will be taking out lottery for about 20 general seats this year,” she said.