Asked to file reply by February 29

The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the Delhi Government on a petition by a non-government organisation, Social Jurist, seeking inclusion of orphaned children in the disadvantaged group for admission to private un-aided schools under the reserved category for students belonging to the economically weaker sections of society.

Taking the petition on record, a Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw directed the Government to file a reply to the petition by February 29.The petitioner through its advocate Ashok Agrawal submitted that the Delhi Government's January 7 notification for inclusion of physically-challenged children under the disadvantaged group for admissions to private un-aided schools under the economically weaker sections category did not include thousands of city's orphaned children.

Mr. Agrawal submitted that the orphaned children also required this benefit as they had nobody to take care of their education. He submitted that thousands of such children were staying in Delhi Government or NGO-run homes in the city.

He said there was no justification for exclusion of these children from the disadvantaged group notified by the Government as the Centre had included these children for admissions under the reserved category in the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar. The Tamil Nadu Government had also included orphaned children of the State under disadvantaged group for their admission to private un-aided schools, Mr. Agrawal added. Under the Right to Education Act, private un-aided schools have to earmark 25 per cent of their total seats for admissions of students belonging to the weaker sections of society.

  • Inclusion of orphaned children in disadvantaged group sought

  • They require this benefit to take care of their education