Single online platform for nursery admissions!

New Delhi, Feb 17: In a major relief to parents, the Delhi government is planning to centralise the nursery admission procedure beginning next year.

The proposal will help parents to apply to their schools of choice via a single online platform.

The government seeks to begin the process of data collection from private schools from April this year and introduce the system for the 2018-19 academic year.

According to officials, the centralised system is going to cover all the 1700 schools in the city recognised by the Directorate of Education. It will include schools on DDA land, which have taken the government to court over its neighbourhood criteria for nursery admissions, calling it an attack on their autonomy.

The government has filed an appeal seeking a stay on the high court's interim order, issued on February 14."Right now, we are following what the HC has ordered. Once the case is decided, the criteria settled upon will be embedded in the centralised system," said Atishi Marlena, adviser to the education minister.

In the new system, parents will be asked to register on the DoE website, following which they will be redirected to the admission form. The basic information (child's name, age, parent details) for all schools will remain the same and be filled on the common form. Once that is done, parents will get to choose the schools of their interest on a map, and respective separate school criteria will be displayed on that form.