NEW DELHI: The Minstry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is considering evolving a two-or three-slab income group to facilitate and ensure that the economically poorest students get priority over others for admission to Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs).
Sources in the ministry said the proposal being mooted is for the special dispensation quota provided to Members of Parliament (MPs), by which each of them is entitled to refer 10 cases for admission in a KV falling in their respective parliamentary constituency in an academic year.
These seats are in addition to the class strength sanctioned by the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), which operates over 1,000 KVs across the country with an aggregate enrolment of over 12 lakh students.
The MPs’ special dispensation quota was hiked from 6 to 10 from this academic calendar.
However, not all the 10 seats in this quota would be meant for students from economically weaker sections. It could be limited to a maximum of three, according to a senior official in the ministry.
The official said the slabs to differentiate two or three different income groups are being discussed. Children falling in the lowest income group will get priority over others. The lowest income slab could be less than `1 lakh per annum, he pointed out.
Another HRD official said the issue would be discussed at the highest level including the Standing Committee on Human Resource Development, if required, to ensure that the matter is unanimously accepted by MPs.