August 12, 2015 12:48:40 am
The education department has sent notices to two schools running under the popular chain, the Delhi Public School (DPS), in Gurgaon. It is alleged that the schools, located in Manesar and Farrukhnagar, are not part of the chain run by the Delhi Public School Society based in Delhi, but are run by the Delhi Public School Pvt Ltd, a Patna-based company.
The authorities have sought registration and affiliation documents from the schools as well as documents on their logos, trademarks and names.
“This could be a case of dishonest use of trademark and logo to fool parents into paying high fees,” said Premlata Yadav, district elementary education officer. “But having said that, we should not jump to conclusions.”
The notices were issued following a complaint by Sudhir Yadav, a city-based Right to Information (RTI) activist. Yadav wanted to admit his niece at the Farrukhnagar school, but felt the fee was exorbitant. He then asked the education authorities to probe the school, which, according to him, failed to provide a copy of Form 6 — which all schools have to file annually with the education authorities on proposed fee hikes. Yadav also demanded a copy of its registration documents, which the school allegedly failed to provide.
“We only have a playschool, which does not need to be registered. We have all the necessary documents,” said Jaipal Singh, in-charge of the Farrukhnagar school. “The authorities asked us to submit all the necessary documents after Yadav filed an RTI application,” he said.
Authorities at the Manesar school refused comment. The school at Manesar, with about 450 students, has been running for the last four years and the Farrukhnagar school, with 160 students, for the last two years.
“We run nine primary and secondary schools in Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Our logo is different from that of the Delhi Public School Society. Ours is yellow, theirs red. Where is the question of the logos being the same?” said Singh.
The parent of a child attending the school at Manesar said, “We got our child admitted in the school because we thought it to be a part of the DPS chain. We paid close to Rs 70,000 as admission fee for the playschool, which, at that time, we thought was exorbitant.”
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