As per the directives, all the schools will have to reserve at least 25 percent of the total seats for the EWS category children. On the neighborhood criteria, admission shall first be offered to eligible students belonging to EWS or Disadvantaged Group residing within 1 km of the specific school, said the circular.
"In case the vacancies remain unfilled, students residing within 3 km of the school shall be admitted. If there are still vacancies, then the admission shall be offered to other students residing within 6 km of the institution.
"Students residing beyond 6 km shall be admitted only in case vacancies remain unfilled even after considering all the students within 6 km area. However, schools will accept forms from all applicants under EWS or DG group irrespective of distance of residence from school," the circular said.
"The Directorate of Education has devised a common registration form for admission under EWS and DG category and the same is uploaded on the official website of DoE on www.edudel.nic.in for the benefit of the schools as well as the applicants.
"All the schools are directed to use the said format only by downloading the form or using a printed version of the application form," the circular stated. The DoE will provide observers for draw of lots of EWS and DG category only like previous years.
The directive has been issued on the basis of the RTE Act, 2009 and in the manner as prescribed in the Directorate's Notification dated January 7, 2011. Also, any person residing in Delhi and having a residence proof and requisite income certificate is eligible for applying in private unaided recognized schools for admission of their ward under EWS category.
The condition of minimum residency period of 3 years in Delhi for applying for admission under EWS and DG category has been waived off. Schedule caste, schedule tribes, other backward classes not falling in the creamy layer, child with special needs and suffering from the disabilities as defined in the Persons With Disabilities Act, 1996, orphans and transgenders shall be considered as DG category as defined in RTE Act-2009.
The District Admission Monitoring Committee has been empowered to fill such vacancies and can take steps as per the directions under Delhi Right to Education Rules, 2011.
Sumit Vohra, founder of admissionsnursery.com, an online forum of more than 42,000 parents in Delhi, however, said that the guidelines will not offer much relief to parents. "There is nothing new in these guidelines. Parents were expecting that schedule for draw of lots would be mentioned in the circular, which is not there in these guidelines.
"Infact, the parents will now suffer in the tussle between the schools and DoE as the draw of lots cannot take place without an observer provided by DoE and DoE will try to delay the procedure till the next High court hearing on January 15, Vohra said. However, the only relief for parents is that they can download the common admission form from the DoE website which most of the schools were refusing to give, Vohra said.