Delhi,Nursery,Admissions:,HC,allows,admission,process,to,go,on

Maintaining that the order passed by the single judge was “totally wrong”, “erroneous” and “against the law”, the Delhi government sought a stay on Thursday on the operation of the interim order

Delhi Nursery admissions

Delhi Nursery admissions

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The Delhi High Court today, February 17 allowed 298 private unaided schools to go ahead with the nursery admission process but said that it will be subject to the final outcome of the city government’s appeal on the issue.

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A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, which was hearing the Delhi government’s appeal against a single judge’s interim order that had stayed its nursery admission directive on the neighbourhood criterion, said that the entire process to admit children will be subject to the final outcome of the matter.

“Having regard to the fact that the admission process is already been in operation, it would not be proper to stop it.

“We, however, make it clear that whatever steps have been taken by the parties will be subject to the final outcome of the appeal that is pending,” the bench said.

“We will examine the issue. Meanwhile, a copy of the petition be served on the respondents (including two school associations and the parents),” the bench said and fixed the matter for further consideration on February 22.

It also sought the response of the two school associations and the parents on the Delhi government’s appeal in the case.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, appearing for the Directorate of Education (DoE), submitted that in the absence of the neighbourhood criterion, schools will accept admission in an arbitrary and opaque manner, and even justify charging exorbitant fees from the parents.

Maintaining that the order passed by the single judge was “totally wrong”, “erroneous” and “against the law”, the Delhi government sought a stay on the operation of the interim order.

In two directives on December 19, 2016 and January 7, the Delhi government had made it compulsory for the 298 private schools built on Delhi Development Authority land to admit children for nursery who live in that neighbourbood or stay within a certain distance from the school.

Ordering an interim stay of the January 7 notification till the final disposal of the pleas challenging the Delhi government’s order, Justice Manmohan had earlier said that “a student’s educational fate can’t be relegated to only his/her position on a map” and had termed the criterion as “arbitrary and discriminatory”.

The school groups had alleged that the Delhi government had “discriminated” among schools as the neighbourhood criteria had been applied against only 298 schools and not been made mandatory for 1,400 other schools in the city.

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This 21-year-old Delhi boy got a Rs 1.25 crore placement offer from Uber

21-year-old Sidharth, a computer science engineering student has been offered the job of a software engineer at the Uber’s San Francisco office. He will get an annual package of Rs 1.25 crore with other benefits.

In picture, 21-year-old Sidharth ( Image source- HT)

In picture, 21-year-old Sidharth ( Image source- HT)

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A student of Delhi Technology University (DTU) has received a placement offer of Rs 1.25 crore from Uber.

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21-year-old Sidharth, a computer science engineering student has been offered the job of a software engineer at the Uber’s San Francisco office. He will get an annual package of Rs 1.25 crore with other benefits.

“It was a delight to have received the job offer and I am now looking forward to move to San Francisco,” Sidharth.

“I had actually done a seven-week internship with Uber earlier. So this is a pre-placement offer that I have received. Along with me, I think there is someone from one of the IITs,” he said.

Sidharth is an alumnus of Delhi Public School and had cleared the class 12 examinations with a glaring marks of 95.4 per cent. After clearing theJoint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main, he took admission into Delhi College of Engineering.

Sidharth told HT, “From the beginning, I wanted to do computer science engineering and with my score I was not getting the subject at any of the IITs. Moreover, I love Delhi and did not want to move from here,” he said.

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Retail inflation in Delhi, J&K more than double national average: ASSOCHAM

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MANGALURU: The retail inflation may have been hovering at quite a reasonable level of 3.17% for January, 2017 on an all-India basis, but there is no respite for people right in Delhi along with a couple of other states, suffering the price rise at double the national average, with demonetization leaving its possible impact, an ASSOCHAM analysis has noted.

“Against the national average of 3.17%, Delhi had to bear the inflation rate, measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) at 6.32%, while it was 7.01% for Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and 5.92% for Himachal Pradesh,” said the ASSOCHAM analysis of the inflation data.

It also noted that in the rural belt of the national capital, the CPI inflation was close to seven per cent at 6.85%. Similarly the rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir and HP which were quite high on the retail inflation chart, witnessed quite a high rate of price rise in January, 2017 year on year.

In J&K rural and far flung, the CPI inflation was 9.08% and for the similar areas of HP it was 6.17%, adds the ASSOCHAM.

“The CPI inflation for January, 2017 on an all India level is much lower at 3.17% than the one measured on the Wholesale Price Index, at 5.25%. One of the plausible reasons could be the impact of demonetization on the supply chain, “said ASSOCHAM President Sandeep Jajodia.

But, what is more surprising is the huge gap between retail inflation in Delhi and the national average. ” This was not expected at least in Delhi, especially when the phenomenon was not seen even in the neighbouring states of Haryana, UP and Punjab, thought it was slightly over four per cent in these states”, the chamber said, adding the demonetization would have led to supply chain disruption more in the national capital than other states.

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Delhi Nursery admission: HC to deliver verdict today

Justice Manmohan will deliver the order on February 14 as the court has concluded hearing of arguments from counsels of the Delhi government and the petitioners

Delhi Nursery admission

Delhi Nursery admission

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday will render its judgment on petitions filed by two school bodies and a couple of parents to challenge circulars on guidelines for nursery admissions in the national capital for the 2017-18 academic session.

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The notifications by the Department of Education have made “distance” the primary criterion for admission of tiny tots.

Justice Manmohan will deliver the order on February 14 as the court has concluded the hearing of arguments from counsels of the Delhi government and the petitioners.

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The Action Committee of Unaided Recognised Private Schools and Forum for Promotion of Quality Education, along with a few parents, had approached the court against the Delhi government`s notifications dated December 19, 2016, and January 7 that restricted 298 private schools built on public land to admit toddlers only by using the neighbourhood or distance criterion.

One of the major problems faced by these 298 private schools built on Delhi Development Authority (DDA) land due to the new guidelines is that they can no longer deny admission to any student from their neighbourhood who seeks admission.

The government’s January 7 notification said that these private schools “cannot refuse admission to the residents of the locality” and have to fill 75 per cent of their student seats. The remaining 25 per cent seats are reserved for children whose parents’ annual income is less than Rs 1 lakh.

The notification accorded priority to students living within a radius of 1 kilometre from the school concerned. In case the seats remain vacant, those living within a distance of 3 km will get the chance for admission.

There are 1,400 private unaided schools in the capital, of which, 298 are built on land allotted by the DDA.

The school associations claimed the notification was “illegal, arbitrary, whimsical and unconstitutional”.

The Delhi government has defended its decision, saying that land allotment letters to the schools clearly and explicitly mention that the “lessee school had willingly accepted the terms of allotment and on the same very terms of allotment, the lessee has been enjoying the property since the time of allotment”.

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Lufthansa brings modern Airbus 350-900 to Delhi

Lufthansa's A350-900 from Munich was greeted with a water canon on landing at Delhi.Lufthansa’s A350-900 from Munich was greeted with a water canon on landing at Delhi.
NEW DELHI: German airline Lufthansan initiated commercial services of Airbus 350-900 on its Munich to Delhi route, connecting the capital to it’s global network. The LufthansaA350-900 landed in the early hours of February 11 from Munich and was greeted with the celebratory water canon salute at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. Delhi becomes the first destination worldwide to welcome the airline’s modern and environmentally friendly long haul aircraft, the A350-900.

“The launch of Lufthansa A350 services in Delhi marks an important milestone in our growing partnership with India. This game-changing aircraft reflects the values of the new global Indian, and reaffirms our commitment to this important market by introducing the very best and latest in air travel,” says Wolfgang Will, Senior Director South Asia, Lufthansa Passenger Airlines.

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As a special gesture for customers, the departure of the flight from Delhi was commemorated with a grand ribbon and cake cutting ceremony. Passengers boarding the flight were greeted with a ‘First Flyer’ certificate and an iPad cover, specially handcrafted by economically disadvantaged women of Purkal Stree Shakti Samiti. Additionally, an ‘insta photo booth’ was created at the departure terminal that allowed passengers to capture moments of their journey with Lufthansa’s A350-900.

The aircraft offers modern on-board product, assuring passengers the highest level of comfort in all travel classes, with a wider cabin, self-service area in Business Class, new seats in Economy Class, bigger windows, large TV screens, innovative mood lighting and personalized playlist.

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School under serious allegations, Delhi High Court seeks response from government

Apart from receiving donation from the stake holders for admission, the school is also facing allegations on ground of fraudulent activities in connection with the scholarship amount given to poor students.

Delhi High Court

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Following the various irregularities and the alleged collection of donation from parents by the staff of certain government schools for smooth admission, the Delhi High Court has sought a response from the government on whether it has made any inquiry on the matter or not.

The lawyer representing Delhi government was asked by Justice Manmohan of Delhi High Court to take instructions on why the Directorate of Education (DoE) has not till date complied with the high court’s direction of August 24, 2016.

The High Court in August last year issued a direction to inquire into the allegations against a government-aided school and listed the matter for hearing on March 1.

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  • The court was hearing a plea filed by advocate Anup Kumar Das, seeking contempt action against the DoE official concerned and the chief secretary of Delhi government for not carrying out the inquiry and taking a decision within three months as was ordered by the high court in August last year
  • According to the petitioners, Arun Kashyap and M R Mahapatra, even the office of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had written to DoE in January last year to conduct an inquiry into the allegations and give a report within 15 days, but nothing was done
  • Thereafter, they had moved a plea in the high court for directions to DoE to take action against the school and its staff and it was on this petition that the August 24, 2016 order was passed.

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Apart from the aforementioned malpractices, the school is also facing allegations on ground of fraudulent activities in connection with the scholarship amount given for uniform and stationery to poor students.

The school administration was also accused by the petitioners of continuing to claim from DoE the salary of a head clerk who had gone on medical leave and subsequently joined a private firm.

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Delhi: Official suspended for misrepresentation of facts about school

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia ordered a vigilance inquiry against officers responsible for filing an affidavit and asked that the document to be withdrawn and replaced with the fresh affidavit.

In picture, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia (File Photo)

In picture, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia (File Photo)

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Delhi government has suspended a director-level official from the education department for alleged misrepresentation of facts in an affidavit filed in the Delhi High Court in the matter of Mirambika Free Progress School.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also ordered a vigilance inquiry against officers responsible for filing the affidavit and asked that the document to be withdrawn and replaced with a fresh affidavit.

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“The directorate of education (DoE) had wrongly stated in the affidavit that recognition to the school was given in 1988, whereas it was actually granted in 1989. The difference is crucial as Mirambika had moved from its location in Aurobindo Ashram to new premises in Ashram, near Lajpat Nagar, in December 1988,” an official order said.

The case dates back to 2015, when a group of parents approached the court after the management of Mirambika,  an alternative learning school shifted students from the building they were studying in to a hostel in Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

The management had said the move was necessary because the land on which the school building was made was, in fact, leased to the Sri Aurobindo Education Society to start a college. The DOE was asked to inspect the premises where the children were shifted, and was also asked to give its opinion in the case.

“Though two inspections were conducted earlier but after studying the original documents of the land and recognition of SAES, it came to light that there has been a serious misrepresentation of facts at the Delhi High Court by DoE via an affidavit filed on June 29, 2016,” a senior government official said.

According to the order signed by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, after “carefully perusing the files related to this case it seems apparent that the inspection report and the affidavit filed by the DoE in the court are a deliberate misrepresentation of facts. It is, therefore, necessary to take strong action on this count”.

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All universities to have ‘Grievance Redressal Cell’ within four months: Delhi High Court directs UGC

Appointment of an ‘ombudsman’ in every university and a grievance redressal committee (GRC) for every college or group of colleges are now “mandatory”.

Delhi High Court

Delhi High Court

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The Delhi High Court, on Friday, after identifying the need to address the grievances faced by scores of students in colleges and universities, directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) to set up ‘Grievance Redressal Cell’ in all varsities within four months.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said appointment of an ‘ombudsman’ in every university and a grievance redressal committee (GRC) for every college or group of colleges were “mandatory” and were provided¬† for under the UGC (Grievance Redressal) Regulations of 2012.

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The court said failure of the universities to appoint ombudsman or to constitute GRC for colleges “would defeat the very object of grievance redressal mechanism provided under the regulations”. It also directed Delhi University (DU) to “take necessary steps forthwith and appoint the ombudsman” in terms of provisions of the regulations “as expeditiously as possible preferably within a period of four months from today”.

The court’s ruling came while disposing of a PIL filed by a former law student, who had alleged non-compliance of the UGC regulations with regard to appointment of ombudsman by universities, particularly DU.

As per the regulations, the ombudsman “shall be a part-time officer appointed for a period of three years or until he attains the age of 70 years, whichever is earlier”, the bench noted in its judgment

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Sri,Venkateswara,College,wins,Great,Britain,debate,in,Delhi

The British High Commission organised the Delhi edition of the Great Britain Debate, which was hoisted by the Lady Sri Ram College. As many as 32 top debating teams from across the universities and colleges in Delhi had participated and spoke for and against the topics on gender equality and sustainable development.

Sri Venkateswara College wins the Great Britain Debate (Delhi)

Sri Venkateswara College wins the Great Britain Debate (Delhi)

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The British High Commission has organised the Delhi edition of the Great Britain debate, which was hoisted by the Lady Sri Ram College. Anmol Sharma and Sidaq Batra of Sri Venkateswara College won the competition and Pratyaksha Jha and Aritro Bose from Ashoka University were the runners up.

About the Great Britain Debate:

British High Commission network organises the Great Britain debate competition in India. In its 4th edition, the competition is being held in eight cities – Bhopal, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Dehradun, Jaipur and Patiala. The debate is being organised in association with Chevening Scholarships.

The theme:

As many as 32 top debating teams from several universities and colleges in Delhi had participated and spoken for and against the topics on gender equality and sustainable development. High intensity and quality competition was observed among them.

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At the event, Hannah Cockburn, Head of Political and Bilateral Affairs, British High Commission said, “This is the fourth consecutive year that we have conducted the Great Britain Debate. We are delighted this time to have been able to increase our nationwide footprint to include debaters from across the country. I am happy to have heard some of the fine voices of the next generation. The youth of India are important constituents of a `Living Bridge` between UK and India. I congratulate the winners and urge all of the participants to use the Great Britain debate as a springboard to go and achieve great things for India.”

The reward:

The winners will get a Kindle, annual British Council Library membership and ‘HeySuccess’ premium membership. They will also get a golden opportunity to meet and interact with Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, British High Commissioner to India.

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Sri,Venkateswara,College,wins,Great,Britain,debate,in,Delhi

The British High Commission organised the Delhi edition of the Great Britain Debate, which was hoisted by the Lady Sri Ram College. As many as 32 top debating teams from across the universities and colleges in Delhi had participated and spoke for and against the topics on gender equality and sustainable development.

Sri Venkateswara College wins the Great Britain Debate (Delhi)

Sri Venkateswara College wins the Great Britain Debate (Delhi)

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The British High Commission has organised the Delhi edition of the Great Britain debate, which was hoisted by the Lady Sri Ram College. Anmol Sharma and Sidaq Batra of Sri Venkateswara College won the competition and Pratyaksha Jha and Aritro Bose from Ashoka University were the runners up.

About the Great Britain Debate:

British High Commission network organises the Great Britain debate competition in India. In its 4th edition, the competition is being held in eight cities – Bhopal, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Dehradun, Jaipur and Patiala. The debate is being organised in association with Chevening Scholarships.

The theme:

As many as 32 top debating teams from several universities and colleges in Delhi had participated and spoken for and against the topics on gender equality and sustainable development. High intensity and quality competition was observed among them.

(Read: NEET to be the soul criteria for selecting students for medical courses)

At the event, Hannah Cockburn, Head of Political and Bilateral Affairs, British High Commission said, “This is the fourth consecutive year that we have conducted the Great Britain Debate. We are delighted this time to have been able to increase our nationwide footprint to include debaters from across the country. I am happy to have heard some of the fine voices of the next generation. The youth of India are important constituents of a `Living Bridge` between UK and India. I congratulate the winners and urge all of the participants to use the Great Britain debate as a springboard to go and achieve great things for India.”

The reward:

The winners will get a Kindle, annual British Council Library membership and ‘HeySuccess’ premium membership. They will also get a golden opportunity to meet and interact with Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, British High Commissioner to India.

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