Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Lawyer father takes on Jung's nursery rules 'on behalf of daughter, aged three'

Lawyer father takes on Jung's nursery rules 'on behalf of daughter, aged three'

Najeeb Jung's nursery admission guidelines will have to battle it out with a three-year-old girl whose father has filed a petition in the Delhi High Court against the Lieutenant-Governor's directives.
Dheeraj Kumar Singh, a Delhi-based lawyer, stated in his petition that he is taking up the cudgels on behalf of his daughter, who is seeking admission to nursery class in this academic session.
According to Singh, the notifications issued by the LG in December last year, through an amendment to the rules of the Delhi School Education Act, provide undue powers to special private schools - like Sanskriti School - by granting them an unfettered and unrestricted right to reserve seats for the wards of specific government services, and more particularly All India Services.

Sanskriti's reservation policy leaves only 14 out of 140 seats for applicants in the general category
The High Court is likely to take the matter up for hearing on Tuesday.
The plea claims that the amendment was necessitated to provide legal sanctity to the admission procedure adopted by schools like Sanskriti School at Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.
The plea also makes Sanskriti School a party in the matter.
"The Sanskriti School has reserved 60 per cent of the sea ts for All India and Central Services belonging to Group A, selected through Civil Services Examination and Serving Officers of Defence Services. Its reservation policy leaves only 14 out of 140 seats for the general category which shall be further reduced, as five per cent seats to be allocated to girl child are to be culled out from the share of the general category and civil services combined. The 60 per cent of the seats are reserved for such children who are already among the most privileged class and admittedly need no reservation," the plea said.
"The mere fact that the school is being managed by the spouses of senior government officers, headed by the wife of the Cabinet secretary, government of India, does not grant it the unrestricted right to reserve a huge chunk of seats for their own wards," the plea contended.
Clause 14(d) (iv) of the Amendment order as per the new notification says that under the heading 'Schools set up for specific government services like Armed Forces/Paramilitary Forces/Central Services/All India Services' have an unbridled right to reserve seats, though in a transparent manner.

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