NEW DELHI: Observing that getting admission in a government school near one's residence is a child's fundamental right, a Delhi court has asked the HRD Ministry to provide admission to a 11-year-old boy in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya near his home in Bawana.
"Plaintiff (child) has a fundamental and civil right to get admitted into the state-run educational institution in his nearby locality. In the facts and circumstances the plaintiff is entitled for decree of his admission as prayed," said the civil judge, Mr Ajay Pandey, on a plea by child's father for admission to the school.
Besides the HRD ministry, the court also asked the Joint Commissioner (Administration), Mr Alok Vermathe of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti to ensure the admission of Burari resident Pradeep Kumar Jha's son in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV), located near Bawana in North Delhi.
Jha had approached the court saying his son had appeared for a written test on July 10 for admission in class VI of the Samiti's school but it has not admitted the child till date.
Due to non-appearance of defendants, the HRD ministry officials and the Navodaya Vidyalaya authorities, the court gave its ruling ex-parte and ordered the child's admission in Bawana school.
The court noted that when the child's mother contacted the JNV school principal, he said he had received a copy of the court's proceedings and papers of the child but he cannot send a letter for the boy's admission until he receives the court orders.