NEW DELHI

Court orders admission for 870 students to Govt. schools

The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Delhi Government to admit immediately to its schools as many as 870 children who were denied admissions on the ground of age or unavailability of seats or having domicile outside Delhi.

These children hail from different localities in the Capital and have sought admissions to various classes. Of the total number of students the Government has to admit, about 50 per cent of them belong to the Muslim minority community and 350 of them are physically-challenged.

A Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan passed the order on a bunch of petitioners filed by 14 of these students through their counsel, Ashok Agarwal.

These students were denied admissions on the ground that they are over-aged for admissions to the classes they sought; or they are from outside Delhi or that seats are not available. Some of these students were denied admissions on the flimsy ground that their transfer certificates were not counter-signed by the competent officer of their domicile States.

Taking up the cause of these poor children but eager to study, Mr. Agarwal submitted that the denial of admissions to these children was violating of their right to have education as well as against the Delhi Education Act.

Passing the direction, the Bench said that there was no age limit to have school education. It also directed the Directorate of Education of the Delhi Government to convey to the principals of these schools to grant admissions to those students who hail from outside Delhi and send their transfer certificates to their domicile States for completing the formality by the competent officer.

Were denied admissions on the ground of age or having domicile outside Delhi

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