Prior engagements (since 2000): inclusive of illustrated report on violations with suggestions for implementing DMP equal access neighbourhood school system (June 2001), response to s.11A Public Notice of 16/09/2002, response to Standing Parliamentary Committee public notice of 22/06/2003, etc > enumerated in annexure in NCMP-DMP Note1
of June 2004

Violation challenged: mis-allotment / misuse of school sites in Vasant Kunj, infringing DMP equal access neighbourhood school system rights of local students and residents in all sections of the community

Petitioners: MPISG through its planner, Rangpuri Pahari Vidyarthi Evam Abhibhavak Manch through its Convenor Hoti Lal, Rajinder Singh r/o Malakpur Kohi, Shiv Narayan r/o Mahipalpur, Prabha Chand r/o Vasant Kunj, Badri Prasad r/o Masudpur Dairy

Respondents: DDA, MoUD, GNCTD, MCD, Police (Traffic)

Counsel for the petitioners: Ravi Shankar

Core issue: Land allotment conditions help operationalize the equitable benefit purpose of land policy by which land was compulsorily acquired in Delhi for development according Plan. Accordingly, conditions about type of school, local enrolment and free seats help operationalize Master Plan provisions for equal access neighbourhood schooling, which cannot be compromised, irrespective of the price charged for allotment. Use of school sites in violation of approved layout plan and Master Plan standards for space for buildings, parking, etc, leads to up-market schools in excess of what local demand can sustain. Schools tap city-wide market in violation, at cost of residential amenity, of local enrolment provisions. In the resultant exclusion due to commercialization, the poor among local students are worst affected as free seats' conditions are flouted with even greater impunity. This, in turn, makes for violations in government schools, burdened with enrolment in excess of and space short of standards and resultant environment not at all conducive to quality learning. Inequity in education cannot be removed by charity in residual resource space. It requires equitable access to resources, primarily space, for schooling - more so when inequitable use of school sites is illegal.

Cause of action: Imminent orders in simplistic free-seats PIL and discourse, for new education Bill, about some common-school-system ideas short of existing provisions


  • MPISG PIL2 (15/12/2003) 
  • Rejoinder3 (03/04/2004) 
  • Order of 27/10/20044
  • non-compliance > Note to Parliamentary Standing Committee5 (05/01/2005)
  • Petitions to President6(19/01/2005 onwards, forwarded to GNCTD)
  • Discussion with schools: note7 (08/02/2005)
  • MPISG Intervention in schools' petitions8against GNCTD directive arising from order of 21/01/04 in Social Jurist PIL (28/02/2005)
  • Petition to Rajya Sabha9to not proceed with the Education Bill / exclude Delhi from its purview (03/03/2005)
  • Public Notice response on DMP2021 proposals for school education (04/07/2005)
  • Intervention in Social Jurist PIL10, reopened for further directions (23/08/2005)

17/12/2003: MPISG PIL First listing: Notice issued

  • 20/01/2004: Free seats order in Social Jurist PIL
  • 04/02/2004: Letter pointing out relief to GD Goenka school in Vasant Kunj against demolition till end of academic session in context of court matters seeking postponement of Pushta clearance till after exams

04/02/2004: Second listing: Order: "It is matter of great surprise that despite process being served, neither the reply is filed nor the counsel for anyone has chosen to remain present. Hence we direct Vice Chairman DDA, Secretary MoUD, Chief Secretary GNCT Delhi, Commissioner MCD and Joint Commissioner (Traffic) shall personally remain present if the reply is not filed on the next date, i.e., 25.02.04".

  • 17/02/2004: Letters to protest GNCTD "negotiating" free seats with violator schools and "policy" to allow farmhouse parties against misuse-fee
  • 18/02/2004: Letters to respondents to ask about buses, free seats, etc, in Pushta resettlement as well as for postponement of further demolitions till exams against payment of misuse-fee with offer to collect / contribute
  • 19/02/2004: DDA counter-affidavit saying it "shall separately file affidavit relating to allotments"
  • 19/02/2004: MCD affidavit claiming "very limited role" and seeking liberty to file "additional affidavit as and when required and/or called upon"
  • 24/02/2004: MoUD short affidavit of seeking liberty to file "para-wise detailed affidavit at a later stage"
  • 24/02/2004: Delhi Police (Traffic) short affidavit replying to paragraphs concerning it

25/02/2004: Third listing: Matter did not reach (GNCTD had not filed reply)

  • 26/02/2004: GNCTD counter-affidavit describing its illegal policies for "essentiality certificates" and "upgradation permissions"
  • 03/03/2004: Letter of to respondents to protest MCD proposal to classify schools as public purpose / utility / commercial
  • 09/04/2004: eml communication11 to Social Jurist to urge restraint in campaigning for free-seats outside the context of DMP
  • 22/04/2004: Inspection (DDA had not filed separate "affidavit relating to allotments")
  • 27/04/2004: GNCTD order to schools for 20% free seats for BPL students (instead of 25% for EWS)
  • 03/04/2004: MPISG Rejoinder pointing out failure of respondents' replies to answer the petitions, inconsistencies within and among replies, etc, and continuing initiatives contrary to DMP, viz, GNCTD attempt to "negotiate" the law with violators (letter, etc, of 17/02/2004) and MCD initiative to legitimise commercialisation of education in property tax regime (letter, etc, of 03/03/2004)
  • 04/05/2004: Suggestion for compliance of free seats order for progressive implementation of DMP CSS, sent to respondents, officials / groups leading the education bill discussions, etc.

05/05/2004: Fourth listing: Matter adjourned

  • 13/05/2004: GNCTD public notice in Social Jurist appeal matter on admission by lottery inviting views on affidavit on admission tests, criteria for "Neighbourhood School", etc.
  • 17/05/2004: Letter to respondents and Social Jurist to request that they bring to the attention of the court the fact of MPISG PIL / statutory DMP provisions
  • 18/05/2004: MCD offer12 of meritorious students from its schools to help private schools fill "quota"
  • 13/06/2004: Letter to former PM VP Singh urging reconsideration of the simplistic demand for 25% free seats in his rally call
  • 16/06/2004: NCMP-DMP note arguing for DMP equal access neighbourhood school system as NCMP imperative
  • 23/06/2004: Letter to protest downsizing of DMP provisions by education Bill, etc, with reference to news reports about GNCTD-MoHRD ideas (forwarded by President's Secretariat to Secretary MoHRD for appropriate action)
  • 25/06/2004: Letters to LG and PM with reference to news reports about their appreciation of GNCTD's illusory compliance of free-seats order > NCMP-DMP minder (facilities)13 (has links to documents relating to NCMP-DMP engagements during June-October 2004)

05/07/2004: Fifth listing: Matter did not reach

  • 07/07/2004: Letter to respondents and others to question imminent eviction from Lal Khet near Vasant Kunj to Bawana on grounds, among others, of the free-seats business (later forwarded by President, NAC, CVC)
  • 24/07/2004: Letter to respondents and schools14 proposing a meeting
  • 28/07/2004: Letter / police complaint about demolition without notice of a school (forwarded by President's Secretariat
  • 04/08/2004: Letter to respondents and schools15 about meeting
  • 22/08/2004: Letter to MoUD with reference to news reports of 19/08/04 about sale of building constructed on charitable hospital site "charitable hospital" in Vasant Kunj, of 20/08/2004 about decision to accept Escort's offer (in Social Jurist free-beds PIL) of 50 crores in lieu, of 21/08/2004 about proposal to auction school sites to get rid of free-seats condition
  • 08/09/2004: News reports of GNCTD plans to "rationalize" through mergers and closures and DDA plans to reduce standards, allow nursery schools in homes, etc.

08/09/2004: Sixth listing: Order: "At p.55 of the petition Annexure-P/3 (colly) the petitioner has pointed out details of the plots and their use at the present juncture. According to the Respondent DDA there is provision for Nursery Schools (nos.40), Primary Schools (nos.20), High Schools (nos.30) in the Vasant Kunj sectors A, B, C and D as per the Master Plan and such a provision has been made. However, reading p.55 we feel an answer has to be given by the DDA in detail. List the matter on 27/10/2004". (NB: Annexure-P/3 (colly) has MPISG letter of 04/08/2001 (in reply to DDA Planning Deptt letter about MPISG's illustrated report of June 2001 on schools in Vasant Kunj), including enclosure (p.55) with plot-wise mis-use, and DDA reply of 26/09/2001 saying the same has been forwarded for necessary action to Lands Deptt. The annexure is also referred to in Rejoinder to point out that DDA reply was, nevertheless, deposed by an officer (architect) of DDA's Planning Deptt without reference to action by Lands Deptt on this communication of 2001)

  • News reports of 09/09/2004 about GNCTD plans for "mobile schools" for the poor and show-cause notices to 81 schools about free-seats, of 11/09/2004 about DSIDC porta-cabins for schools for the poor, of 13/09/2004 about show cause notices to 56 schools about free-seats, of 15/09/2004 about DDA plans to recommend de-recognition of 2 schools for free-seats failure...
  • DMP education concerns raised in responses to s.11A Public Notice of 18/09/2004 for "regularising" IT Park on riverbed
  • News reports of 16/10/2004 about High Court directing personal appearance of secretaries for failure to consider Escorts offer, of 18/10/2004 of health camp for the poor at NAC offices and of GNCTD plans for enrolment drives with NGOS, of 20/10/2004 about MCD plans to "rationalize" by closing and merging schools, of 22/10/2004 about DDA decision to reduce standards for schools, etc. > MPISG letter of 24/10/2004 for hearing of Public Notice of IT Park, especially in view of no reply having been filed in MPISG PIL as per court order of 08/09/2004
  • Communication16 of 24-26/10/2004 about Social Jurist admissions / "neighbourhood schools" PIL
  • Copy of DDA "detailed reply" provided to the petitioners' counsel at 3 PM on 26/10/2004, vehemently denying any violation, annexing dim copies of hand-written inspection reports and notices about misuse, claiming allotments were "made as per the layout plan but upgradation of school in violation of Master Plan norms has been done" by GNCTD and, therefore, DDA has issued - to schools - "notices to show cause to discontinue the misuse or breach within 30 days failing which the allotment shall be cancelled and the lease shall be determined"

27/10/2004: Seventh listing: Petitions allowed: "It is true that in the matter it is pointed out by the learned counsel for the petitioner that in fact some parcels of land indicated in the lay-out plans as for the use as Nursery Schools are being used as integrated schools. On behalf of the Education Department, it is stated that only those schools which meet with the norms have been granted permission for upgradation. The learned counsel for Delhi Development Authority (for short "DDA") submitted that no permission has been obtained from the DDA. It is clear that when a layout plan has been prepared, any variation thereon must be according to the law. If any change is required to be made in such a plan, then only DDA can take appropriate action. In such a situation, it is for the Education Department to move the DDA for making necessary changes in the layout plan. So far as the other violators are concerned, it is pointed out on behalf of the DDA that show cause notices have been issued to the persons who have violated the conditions and it is assured that action will be taken against such violators in accordance with law after considering their replies. Let the action be taken within a period of 12 weeks. With this direction the petition is disposed off."


 October 2004

  • 28/10/2004: Goenka school to face demolition17
  • 29/10/2004: NPSC wants civic body representation (about lower property tax and the parking charges)18
  • 29/10/2004: Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, a national agenda: Arjun Singh (use of cess resources)19

November 2004

  • 01/11/2004: Pvt help for schools' health (decision to privatise maintenance of 1000 govt schools)20
  • 03/11/2004: Admissions not a lottery: DPS (private-schools' affidavit in Social Jurist admissions / "neighbourhood schools" PIL)21
  • 04/11/2004: Property tax: Two classes for schools (third category - fee more than Rs 1,200 - done away with, because of fears that schools would pass on the burden to parents)22
  • 05/11/2004: Govt plans health insurance for people below poverty line (scheme, brainchild of UDM, to be funded through a corpus fund of Rs 400-500 crore by charging market rate from private hospitals allotted land at concessional rates by DDA and L&DO)23
  • 05/11/2004: PIB Release: Joint Task Force For Health And Tourism To Examine Issues Relating To Medical Tourism24
  • 05/11/2004: Sports school at Bawana25
  • 05/11/2004: Delhi street kids to get set for UNICEF mission (become roving puppeteers to teach safe sex, promote AIDS awareness, gender equality and sensitivity to truck drivers, etc)26
  • 06/11/2004: No uniforms for MCD schools yet27
  • 06/11/2004: Monsoon magic: Schools join forest dept for a green lesson (Land on the banks of the Yamuna was given to the forest department for ''greening'' which it promptly turned over to the children)28
  • 06/11/2004: Schools keep reserved seats vacant till HC order (action committee - a body representing Delhi's private schools - had asked Union HRD minister Arjun Singh for allowing classes for the weaker sections in the evenings); Students pay for teachers in Delhi schools (in government-run schools, because of shortage of teachers)2930
  • 06/11/2004: Hospitals breach contract, get away31
  • 06/11/2004: Hospitals can pay and be free of obligations32
  • 07/11/2004: Demand for Public Notice for proposal to "regularise" DMP violation by hospitals/ include health insurance in DMP to allow use of penalties for it (reiterated, 23/12/2004)33
  • 08/11/2004: Fortis hospital inaugurated (by Union Defence Minister)34
  • 08/11/2004: Education dept to appoint dy. directors (as appellate authority for complaints about 20% quota)35
  • 08/11/2004: NIEPA on kids' admissions: Avoid rat-race up to Class X (Social Jurist admission-by-lottery case)36
  • 08/11/2004: Grim winter for MCD school students: no tenders for uniforms
  • 09/11/2004: Sonia prescribes 5-pt agenda for the girl child (Tenth Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture, hinting education cess replication to primary health cess)
  • 10/11/2004: Schools owe MCD Rs 57 crore in property tax
  • 10/11/2004: Health reforms on anvil: Sonia (NAC has submitted a detailed blueprint)
  • 11/11/2004: Hospitals dumping biomedical waste,issued notices37
  • 12/11/2004: Playschools draw new patterns to fleece money38
  • 13/11/2004: Now disabled kids to get free education39
  • 15/11/2004: President reads poetry to MCD schoolchildren40
  • 15/11/2004: Delhi Govt schools to get computer labs by March, 2005
  • 15/11/2004: Outdated Delhi law blocks new private schools
  • 15/11/2004: Government hospitals told to clean up mess41
  • 16/11/2004: Soon, easier route for new schools
  • 16/11/2004: HC prod works, Govt orders disabled-friendly schools42
  • 17/11/2004: Nursery interview no better than lottery, says A-G43
  • 17/11/2004: Vision India 2005: Students speak strategy at IHC44
  • 18/11/2004: CM seeks tips on healthcare in NCR45
  • 18/11/2004: New website on school students46
  • 19/11/2004: Centre weighs Escorts offer to pay land price
  • 19/11/2004: 1,100 patients per bed in India, says Apollo Group Chairman
  • 19/11/2004: ISO goes to school47
  • 19/11/2004: From next year, check your kids' school performance on the net
  • 19/11/2004: Education dept needs a course in computers
  • 22/11/2004: Centre favours neighbourhood schools
  • 22/11/2004: Branson, Bilimoria to visit Delhi for charity
  • 22/11/2004: MCD furore over plastic cabins for schools
  • 23/11/2004: Uproarious scenes at DDA meet over school plots48
  • 23/11/2004: Running schools, cause or business?49
  • 23.11.2004: L-G for review of auction proposal50
  • 24/11/2004: Implement mid-day meal scheme by Jan 2005
  • 24/11/2004: HC asks Centre for fund details (ICDS)
  • 24/11/2004: School building dedicated
  • 25/11/2004: Delhi school order for Aptech51
  • 26/11/2004: DDA tightens plot allotments

December 2004

  • 03/12/2004: Mid-day meal: Recipe for disaster52
  • 03/12/2004: Shramdaan to cleanse Yamuna53
  • 04/12/2004: Schoolkids in Delhi high on US painkiller Oxycontino
  • 04/12/2004: MCD teacher molests 8-yr girl, arrested
  • 07/12/2004: Pioneer: Now Govt to grade hospitals
  • 08/12/2004: Don't miss what homeless children saw through their lens54
  • 08/12/2004: Lovely suspends vice-principal of Govt school after visit
  • 08/12/2004: Sheila's cyber dream misses deadline
  • 08/12/2004: Demand for disposal of IT Park Public Notice55
  • 09/12/2004: Vans can ferry kids now
  • 09/12/2004: Opposition blasts Congress over school jersey issue
  • 14/12/2004: Education cess, STT to make up shortfall?
  • 15/12/2004: 80 kids ill after meal at school
  • 17/12/2004: IIT tells slum school to shift out
  • 18/12/2004: Now, MCD to build nature cure hospital
  • 18/12/2004: Flouting norms, MCD sets up hospital
  • 18/12/2004: Give priority to health care
  • 18/12/2004: Lovely rapped over transfer of schoolteachers
  • 21/12/2004: City students to help streetkids
  • 24/12/2004: Meals in MCD schools but children still malnourished
  • 24/12/2004: No jerseys for municipal students this winter
  • Including news reports565758
  • 28/12/2004: Letter for compliance of Order of 27/10/2004 to DDA and GNCTD59
  • 31/12/2004: CBSE to bring erring schools to book
  • 31/12/2004: Delhi hospitals are ill-equipped

January 2005

  • 01/01/2005: Street kids form health cooperative
  • 01/01/2005: MCD to introduce new building law, heritage plan (and public-private partnership in primary education and healthcare)
  • 01-03/01/2005: eml communicationsabout proposed NIEPA seminar on Education in Cities60
  • 04/01/2005: Social Jurist affidavit in admission-by-lottery matter (downsizing neighbourhood school provisions)61
  • 05/01/2005: CGHS hospitals come under CBI scanner
  • 05/01/2005: More private hospitals approved for Govt. staff
  • 05/01/2005: Delhi Cabinet to extend health scheme to NCR
  • 05/01/2005: Note to Parliamentary Standing Committee62 (at inspection visit in Vasant Kunj) about non-compliance of court orders
  • 06/01/2005: Suggestion to schools63 for collective initiative
  • 10/01/2005: Kids part of anti-violence campaign
  • 10/01/2005: MCD school parks in bad state
  • 11/01/2005: More beds at hospital to tackle patient rush
  • 11/01/2005: Sheila on need of speciality hospitals for women
  • 12/01/2005: Adopt a school, MCD tells corporates, NGOs
  • 14/01/2005: L-G rules out probe into allotment of land
  • 16/01/2005: Street kids to highlight AIDS issues
  • 16/01/2005: Letter to GNCTD64
  • 19/01/2005: Petition to President65 > Republic Day discussion and letters of 26/01/2005, 27/01/2005, 01/02/200566, 02/02/200567 (forwarded to Chief Secretary GNCTD)
  • 19/01/2005: Misplaced green zeal... (parking outside schools)
  • 21/01/2005: Social Jurist article - Right to Education and challenges before media68
  • 22/01/2005: South, south-west dist schools junk food-free: Education Dept
  • 23/01/2005: Social Jurist contempt notice about DC office in school in Bawana69
  • 24/01/2005: Better facilities in NCR may decongest Delhi
  • 27/01/2005: MCD swallows on Rs 2-cr tag (mid-day meals)
  • 28/01/2005: Income affidavits out of BPL kids' way (Delhi education minister reiterating the 20% BPL approach)70
  • 29/01/2005: Social Jurist invitation to Public Hearing71
  • 31/01/2005: No school to go to, kids turning ragpickers: NGO
  • 31/01/2005: Social Jurist report / press release72

Febryary 2005

  • 01/02/2005: Ill-timed training irks govt teachers
  • 02/02/2005: Cellphones banned in 1600 govt schools
  • 03/02/2005: 30 schools challenge underprivileged quota in HC73
  • 03/02/2005: Letter to GNCTD and DDA74 wrt news report of free-seats litigation> mail-list post75
  • 04/02/2005: Letter to MoHRD and Planning Commission76
  • 05-06/02/2005: Meetings: Mahipalpur, Vasant Kunj SCWA, Rangpuri Pahari
  • 05/02/2005: Lovely trip: Schools need more surprises 05/02/2005: Shut down government offices in schools
  • 05/02/2005: Universal primary education a must
  • 06/02/2005: Hindu: N: Delhi has second lowest disabled population
  • 07/02/2005: Nod for one more hospital, but when will doors open? > post77 - GNCTD hospital near TVB habitat school (in erstwhile primary school) in green belt
  • 07/02/2005: Response to GNCTD letter of 04/02/200578
  • 08/02/2005: Vasant Kunj Schools meeting: discussion note79
  • 09/02/2005: Letter to GNCTD and DDA80 wrt news report about court stay on GNCTD 20% BPL directive > post81
  • Police complaints / requests for s.34A investigation of so-called free school in DPS, TVB habitat studies college running in illegal school building with faculty providing expert ideas for infringing DMP rights, etc.
  • 09/01/2005: Social Jurist communication about website and consultation on education bill82
  • 09/02/2005: Education department gets Golden Icon Award83
  • 13/02/2005: NDTV show on free-seats84
  • 16/02/2005: Now keep tab on govt services (social audit commissioned by GNCTD to Bangalore firm)85
  • 15/02/2005: Social Jurist communication about contemplating intervention86
  • 17/02/2005: Schoolbus rams jhuggi, 1 dead (GD Goenka school bus crashes into jhuggi)87
  • 17/02/2005: Donation racket unearthed in school (Bal Bharti Public School, housing office of forum of schools that is petitioner in matter challenging free-seats directive)88
  • 17/02/2005: Soon, [email protected] to be introduced in city schools (MoU under SSA for 13 GNCTD schools)89
  • 18/02/2005: Beware of development at heritage cost say kids (INTACH-Express campaign)90
  • 19/02/2005: Notices to Delhi govt, MCD over poor facilities in schools (Social Jurist PIL)91
  • 19/02/2005: Panel to look into sexual harassment cases in schools92
  • 19/02/2005: Schools for orphans likely: MCD93
  • 22/02/2005: Reservations in school: Govt, DDA get notice (Social Jurist intervention in support of free-seats directive)94
  • 23/02/2005: Road named after Kaifi Azmi (at DPS afternoon school, with musahira attended by PM-wife, speaker, etc)95
  • 24/02/2005: Eco-meet 2005 inaugurated (by CM at Bal Bhawan)96
  • 24/02/2005: Speed governors - notice to school (GD Goenka asked to repair tampered governors, buses not impounded to save inconvenience to children)97
  • 25/02/2005: Factor 3 for schools with high fee slab (revised property tax)98
  • 26/02/2005: Private Schools to hike fees (due to MCD parking misuse charge and revised property tax)99
  • 26/02/2005: Conference on inclusive education (to sensitise policy makers on the need for disabled children-centric education policies)100
  • 27/02/2005: Bill on education is just a ploy - Abu Baker (2-day national consultation organised by NAFRE, NIEPA director quoted)101
  • 28/02/2005: Govt aided schools under scrutiny for misuse of funds102
  • 28/02/2005: MPISG intervention103
    filed in schools' petitions against GNCTD free seats directive (mentioned on 02/03/2005 when the matter was adjourned to 21/03/2005; copy handed over to counsel appearing for GNCTD Education Directorate).

March 2005

  • 01/03/2005: Letter to MCD wrt GNCTD forwarding104
    dated 23/02/2005 of letter of 03/02/2005 to DDA, MCD and Education Director for appropriate action, ATR directly to representationist, etc (to point out, among other things, inconsistency with law of its misuse-charges / property tax proposals for schools)
  • 03/03/2005: Petition to Rajya Sabha105
    praying that education bill not be proceeded with till clarification of preference for central law, architecture based on scheme inferior to that guaranteed by another central law, etc, and, if proceeded with, for exemption of Delhi from its purview in view of conflict with Delhi Development Act as well as constitutional processes underway.
  • 02/03/2005: Inclusive schools catering mainly to soft disabilities: Researcher
  • 02/03/2005: Hospital visit upsets Sheila
  • 03/03/2005: No fear, Lovely positive on appraisal day (45% spending (out of 405 cr budget outlay) for education, no additional classrooms (target of 1100 semi-pucca), 268 porta cabins (target of 768), 6 new buildings under construction (target of 8), computer education not started (in 116 schools targeted), vocational education program not taken off, sanitation privatised in 94 schools, security privatised in 15, etc)
  • 03/03/2005: 37 Assembly segments sans govt hospitals
  • 04/03/05: Lovely's team leaves CM with crossed bows
  • 04/03/2005: All Delhi schools declared no-plastic-zones (also proposal to do away with clearances for construction of school buildings, etc)
  • 05/03/2005: Time again for fee hike in schools
  • 05/03/2005: HC prods MCD to fill primary teachers posts
  • 05/03/2005: Free treatment for the poor - HC wants a govt status report
  • 05/03/2005: MCD property tax public notice (reiterating commercial use factor for schools)
  • 06/03/2005: 1.7 lakh students without teachers
  • 06/03/2005: MCD draws up poor progress report at HC
  • 06/03/2005: Mother's meals for MCD (NGO mid-day-meal kitchen)
  • 08/03/2005: Manav Sthali music dance fest at national stadium (inaugurated by CM)
  • 09/03/2005: GNCTD Education Director's Public Notice about 20% free seats
  • 09/03/2005: Letter to GNCTD Education Director106 about his Public Notice with reference to GNCTD forwarding, court order, matters in court, etc.
  • 09/03/2005: Invitation to NIEPA Colloquium (Prof Marie McAndrew on Structured Initiatives to Foster Common Schooling - an overview of western experiences)107
  • 10/03/2005: reports of Aaj Tak expose of petty corruption in GNCTD
  • 10/03/2005: GNCTD Notice Inviting Tenders for outsourcing sanitation services in 104 schools
  • 11/03/2005: reports of MCD reiterating misuse-charge policy for farmhouses
  • 11/03/2005: Management hijack - from government school to boarding institution
  • 11/03/2005: Audit unearths Rs 10 crore scam in computer education
  • 14/03/05: City schools take to rainwater harvesting
  • 15/03/2005: Protest against child labour
  • 17/03/2005: Govt hospitals asked to refer poor to private
  • 17/03/2005: MCD eases restrictions on farmhouses
  • 17/03/2005: Talk to us about policies: Streetkids
  • 19/03/2005: Govt school timings to be extended by 1 hour: DoE
  • 19/03/2005: Forget IITs, now KVs up for export
  • 21/03/2005: Hearing of schools' matters: account108
  • 22/03/2005: Letter to GNCTD Education Director109
    with reference to court hearing
  • 22/03/2005: Education Plan for special kids
  • 22/03/2005: School fee hike on the cards
  • 23/03/2005: reports about minister's statement / status report on 20% free seats tabled in the Assembly
  • 23/03/2005: India-Pakistan brotherhood at DPS International
  • 24/03/2005: More schools, classrooms, computer literacy on cards (GNCTD budget)
  • 25/03/2005: Rights panel for children cleared
  • 28/03/2005: Action plan aims to include disabled students
  • 28/03/2005: Social Jurist Helpline for free-seats
  • 30/03/2005: DDA plans a therapy park near Safdarjung Hospital

April 2005

  • 03/04/2005: DPS educates slum children
  • 03/04/2005: Slumdwellers access MCD health centre on telephone
  • 04/04/2005: MCD to implement IT education project in seven schools
  • 06/04/2005: Directorate of Education gave excess grants (to some aided schools)
  • 07/04/2005: Bihar child labourer turns tutor in slums
  • 07/04/2005: Students earn peer counsellor title
  • 09/04/2005: DDA wants govt watchdogs in schools (GNCTD representatives on management as per lease conditions)
  • 09/05/2005: Automatic kitchen for mid-day meals opened
  • 13/04/2005: Wanted: More than 3,000 teachers for govt schools
  • 13/04/2005: No takers for govt's parateachers scheme
  • 13/04/2005: Lok Nayak Hospital to become super speciality soon: Shastri
  • 14/04/2005: HC pulls up Govt for vacant posts of teachers, principals
  • 14/04/2005: Classrooms to don a new look
  • 15/04/2005: Scholarships for poor students
  • 15/04/2005: Hearing of schools' matters: Stay on free seats directive extended to all schools > account110
  • 16/04/2005: Supreme Court notice on bio-medical waste disposal / Hospitals organise meet to set guidelines
  • 17/04/2005: DPS Annual Day (slum shiksha kendra)
  • 17/04/2005: Education: Vajpayee admits mistake
  • 19/04/2005: Cess mess
  • 19/04/2005: Business: Apollo Hospitals to issue GDRs
  • 19/04/2005: Uniform guidelines draft for quality health care drawn up
  • 20/04/2005: Global classrooms becoming a reality
  • 20/04/2005: UN facelift plan for NDMC schools
  • 20/04/2005: Total health care under one roof
  • 20/04/2005: NGO starts helpline for kids denied admission111
  • 22/04/2005: Parents on dharna sound govt over school quota112
  • 22/04/2005: Lighten load of students: Kalam
  • 26/04/2005: CVC noose tightens on NGOs

May 2005

  • 02/05/2005: Parliamentary panel asks DDA to examine feasibility of providing medical insurance by creating a corpus from auction of hospital sites > news report113
  • Government releases additional assistance for mid-day meal scheme and Planning Commission recommends extension of SSA to class 10 > PIB release114
  • Letter wrt DMP2021 Public Notice115
  • 03/05/2005: Legal bid to acquire VIMHANS land
  • 03/05/2005: Govt. fails to take action against erring hospitals
  • 04/05/2005: HC pulls up Govt board on freeship clause for schools (Social Jurist separate matter)116
  • 04/05/2005: School founder statue unveiled (by LG)
  • 04/05/2005: Apollo centre at Supreme Court
  • 04/05/2005: Hospital in place of commercial centre in south Delhi (Ambedkar Nagar)
  • 05/05/2005: Slum children turn self-tutors at Manzil
  • 05/05/2005: MCD to surprise school kitchens, test mid-day fare
  • 05/05/2005: School chairman fined for felling trees
  • 05/05/2005: Pakistani surgeons on `mission advancement'
  • 05/05/2005: Hearing of schools' matters: Union government directed to reply on schools' contentions about utilisation of cess and SSI funds and Delhi government directed to consider schools' proposal for separate-shift-separate-standard schooling in lieu of free seats > account117
  • 06/05/2005: Hospitals must admit emergency cases
  • 06/05/2005: Nine hospitals fined for flouting fire safety norms
  • 07/05/2005: Hospitals to get larger plots: DDA (proposal approved for consideration also of FDI)
  • 07/05/2005: CBSE ask schools to focus on outdoor activities
  • 08/05/2005: Slum kids learn tenets of democracy
  • 09/05/2005: Mothers join students at special school
  • 10/05/2005: News reports of CAG report118 on allotment of land to educational institutions
  • Letter to L-G119, as administrator of both Delhi School Education Act and Delhi Development Act
  • 14/05/2005: Hindu: Mobile schools proposed to spread education
  • 16/05/2005: Hearing of schools' matters: With permission, sought wrt to letter to LG, copies of application handed over to counsel for parties for consideration of MPISG proposal (for progressive implementation of DMP common school system by rectification of illegalities through decentralized processes set out in 74th Constitutional Amendment and draft Education Bills) > account120
  • 19/05/2005: L-G seeks status report from DDA (about Failure to hand over land for welfare schemes)
  • 20/05/2005: NIFT to outfit NDMC schoolkids
  • 24/05/2005: NGO wants school to be derecognised
  • 25/05/2005: Govt schools reform: More power to principals
  • 26/05/2005: MCD looks at pvt help for health facelift
  • 26/05/2005: Hearing of schools' matters: adjourned to 19 July
  • 27/05/2005: Govt prods DDA on land for hospital
  • 27/05/2005: Mid-summer, MCD's pool plans for kids
  • 28/05/2005: Vans to schools will soon run on commercial license

June 2005

  • 08/06/05: MCD hospitals to work out online system
  • 09/06/05: UK trust helps 500 child labourers get a new life
  • 10/06/2005: Letter to Secretary MoHRD121, with copy to President, Lieutenant Governor, Rajya Sabha Secretary and Chairman Lok Sabha Standing Committee on Urban Development wrt Order of 26/05/2005 (found on the web) impleading UoI through Secretary MoUD, in continuation of communications of June 2004, also forwarded by President
  • 12/06/2005: Child activists call for focus on rights
  • 12/06/2005: Students get platform to showcase work
  • 13/06/2005: Balloons catch fire at India Gate (child rights' event)
  • 13/06/2005: Free check-up for scribes
  • 13/06/2005: Inculcating values in education
  • 14/06/2005: Six held, drive to educate balloon vendors begins
  • 18/06/2005: Apollo Hospital gets US accreditation
  • 18/06/2005: Workshop imparts knowledge to kids

July 2005

  • 04/07/2005: MPISG response to Public Notice on sub-chapter on schools in DMP-2021
  • 05/07/2005: Union Ministry officials say DDA favours pvt hospitals even as they violate freeship norms
  • 07/07/2005: Centre favours ICDS universalisation
  • 10/07/2005: Shiksha Abhiyan eludes children
  • 10/07/2005: Apollo Hospital raises $65 m through GDRs
  • 11/07/2005: A school without students: MCD has no opening date
  • 15/07/2005: Compulsory Education Bill: no consensus; CABE Committee meeting > Letter to draw attention to sub-judice matters122
  • 15/07/2005: Hearing of schools' matters: adjourned after some counsel asked for re-listing of the part-heard matters before previous judge > account wrt CABE123
  • 18/07/2005: DSIDC cabins better than MCD cabins
  • 18/07/2005: Institutional land set to become costly
  • 20/07/2005: Girls in govt schools may get free books, uniform soon
  • 22/07/2005: Hearing of schools' matter: adjourned, with confusion about bench to be listed before > account124
  • 22/07/2005: TV report on shortage of schools in bawana > post125
  • 22/07/2005: Supreme Court pulls up Delhi Government regarding PDS / BPL cards
  • 23/07/2005: Dismal state of affairs of sports in Govt. schools
  • 24/07/2005: Govt removes 11 lakh names from PDS list
  • 24/07/2005: On rehab course, kids join AIDS cause
  • 27/07/2005: New initiative to convert classrooms into multimedia hubs
  • 28/07/2005: Schools asked to accept kids with special needs
  • 28/07/2005: Probe ordered into schools fund fraud
  • 28/07/2005: Funds meant for schools unused
  • 30/07/2005: President calls for compulsory education
  • 30/07/2005: Lovely plans to make govt schools hi-tech
  • 30/07/2005: CAL in MCD schools soon
  • 30/07/2005: Another honour for Apollo

August 2005

  • 02/08/2005: DDA bends rules for chosen institutions (free beds)
  • 02/07/2005: New menu for Delhi school children
  • 02/07/2005: 70 computers for 2 lakh students
  • 06/08/2005: The Hindu launches NIE in Delhi
  • 03/08/2005: Now, schools to get their own mental health centres
  • 09/08/2005: Now school kids get designer uniform
  • 11/09/2005: Students take a close look at poverty
  • 12/08/2005: DPS students in trouble over farmhouse party
  • 12/08/2005: Supreme Court judgment against quota in private unaided colleges
  • 16/08/2005: Free education for all girls: CM
  • 17/08/2005: Notices issued over closure of primary school
  • 18/08/2005: School uniforms : Agency files FIR over bulk purchase of material; Cong, BJP lock horns
  • 18/08/2005: All-party meeting to discuss quota issue (colleges)
  • 18/08/2005: Hearing of Social Jurist matter by Division Bench and Hearing of schools' matters by single judge: Orders passed in both > account
  • 19/08/2005: HC summons DDA, MCD chiefs over un-aided schools
  • 19/08/2005: Left parties for compulsory education, employment; SC quota scrap in colleges baseless, says CPI; Concern over commercialisation of education
  • 22/08/2005: High Court summons high officials in private school fee issue
  • 23/08/2005: 5 MCD schools to be upgraded
  • 23/08/2005: Supporting common school system (NAFRE public hearing)
  • 23/08/2005: Intervention in Social Jurist PIL126
  • 24/08/2005: New hospitals to be quake resistant
  • 24/08/2005: Parties favour law for social justice in education (new law for colleges in view of Supreme Court ruling against quota)
  • 25/08/2005: Hearing of Social Jurist matter: Order: "CM Nos.10352/2005 and 10403/2005: The applications are allowed to the extent that they would be heard in this case, whenever necessary. W.P.(C) 3156/2002: Vice Chairman, DDA, Director of Education, and Land and Development Officer are present. Ms. Ahlawat, learned counsel for Director of Education has submitted an affidavit accompanied by three charts showing the position of compliance or default by various unaided but recognised schools to whom land was allotted by DDA and LandDO at concessional rates. A copy of this affidavit and the attached charts be supplied to all concerned parties through their counsel who are required to obtain these copies from the chamber of Ms.Ahlawat. Ms.Ahlawat is also required to submit a list of defaulters who have not complied with the stipulation of the lease deeds or allotment letters, with a copy to Mr.Rakesh Khanna, advocate or any other counsel representing these defaulters who are requiredto file their reply within one week. It shall, meanwhile, be open to the Action Committee of the schools to hold any meeting with the DDA Vice Chairman, Director of Education, LandDO and Mr.Ashok Agarwal, advocate for exploring a via media for compliance of the order passed by this Court. All the connected writ petitions pending before the Writ Court and filed by members of the Action Committee be sent to this Court on the next date. List on 13.9.2005" > account127
  • 26/08/2005: 294 schools fail to comply
  • 26/08/2005: 'Sack MCD chief over school funds'; BJP alleges siphoning of MCD funds
  • 28/08/2005: Quota: law in winter session likely (for colleges)
  • 29/08/2005: Portraying street-children with dignity
  • 30/08/2005: Portable cabins for students studying on land under dispute

September 2005

  • 02/09/2005: Differences over use of education cess sorted out
  • 04/09/2005: Educate girls for progress, says Arjun
  • 05/09/2005: HC asks schools to come clear on freeship (news item about hearing that did not happen!128)
  • 06/09/2005: Municipal teachers keep waiting for guests to celebrate their day
  • 08/09/2005: Apollo Hospital in the dock for overcharging
  • 08/09/2005: What you did in I-T, do in health, education (UN Report
  • 09/09/2005: Cherie Blair at Mother's International School
  • 09/09/2005: Blair announces £10 million for exchange programmes
  • 09/09/2005: CABE adopts New Curriculum Framework
  • expert panel for nursery admissions directed in other Social Jurist matter129
  • 12/09/2005: Efforts on to tackle schooling demand
  • 13/09/2005: CBSE tie-up for unaided schools made easier
  • 13/09/2005: Hearing of Social Jurist matter: account130
  • 14/09/2005: You paid the cess, Govt made a mess
  • 14/09/2005: High Court notice to schools; HC threatens to close private schools; Quota: High Level meet to plan implementation of order
  • 14/09/2005: Leaking roofs, pigs in playground
  • 15/09/2005: Govt plans adopt-a-school programme

Gita Dewan Verma | MPISG Planner | updated till 15.09.2005


az-plan links:

  • eebill131 mailing list: The Constitution of India, committed to universalisation of education through a directive principle, was amended to make free and compulsory school education a right. The amendment requires a law to be enacted, draft Bill for which was prepared and twice modified in 2003. In the discourse about the draft bill as well as in recent PIL on free seats for the poor concern for a common school system has been amply reiterated. But holistic solutions suggested in existing law, such as in the equal access neighbourhood school provisions of Delhi Master Plan, although being sought by communities, continue to be disregarded in the discourse. This list is for discussion premised on already existing law, so that the proposed education law improves upon them.
  • NCMP-DMP minder132 (facilities section; suspended): DMP gives legal strength to commitment to equal access neighbourhood schools that draft education Bill 2003 and compliance of court order in PIL for free seats have been diluting. PIL on free beds in hospitals, likewise, is confusing equity basis of DMP for charity perspective. NCMP commitments called for progressive implementation of DMP schema for social facilities (also as framework for optimally absorbing resources committed without central law for education). nstead, statutory DMP provisions for equal and efficient access for all to healthcare and education have been all but dismantled. Illegal allotments and use of facility sites stand condoned by continuing disregard of efforts since 2000, including PIL of 2003, against them. DMP's holistic concept of equal access stands reduced to beggarly prayer for freebies for the poorest, with definition of both opened to negotiations, as a result of simplistic PIL. The decks stand cleared for those with their hearts set on providing noble services in global markets - and decisions to reduce or do away with conditions, even sites, needed to ensure access for citizens are unlawfully but freely being taken.
  • 1. National Common Minimum Programme: opportunities and imperatives – Common School System in Delhi
    Note on DMP opportunities and imperatives for NCMP informal sector commitments, sent on 23.06.04 (in view of diversionary-policy developments)

    http://skel.architexturez.net/doc/az-cf-22626
  • 2. MPISG PIL WP 8954 OF 2003
    About enforcing free seats in compliance of court order for progressive implementation of CSS, sent to respondents, officials / groups leading the education bill discussions, co-petitioners, etc.

    http://skel.architexturez.net/doc/az-cf-22951
  • 3. source: http://plan.architexturez.org/site/FILES/schools/mpisg/webrejoin.doc
  • 4. Synopsis, Prayer and Order in MPISG PIL WP(C) 8954-8959/2003 (Master Plan Implementation Support Group & Ors v/s DDA & Ors)
    http://skel.architexturez.net/doc/az-cf-22860
  • 5. source: http://plan.architexturez.org/site/mpisg/f/050105
  • 6. Petition to President
    Sub: Non-compliance of court order against violations impairing equal access education

    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/8fec439f-5393-4a18-ab7d-7e712aeb6c8c
  • 7. Universalisation of Education: The statutory Delhi Master Plan (DMP) scheme
    Note for discussion with Vasant Kunj schools (at Vasant Valley School on 08/02/2005)

    http://skel.architexturez.net/doc/az-cf-22857
  • 8. MPISG application for intervention in free-seats litigation Filed: 28/02/2005; mentioned: 02/03/2005
    http://skel.architexturez.net/doc/az-cf-22861
  • 9. Education Bill: Petition to Rajya Sabha
    Praying that the Free and Compulsory Education Bill not be proceeded with till the preferences for central law, basing its architecture on a scheme inferior to one set out in another central law, etc, are adequately clarified; and, If the said Bill is proceeded with, Delhi be exempted from its purview in view of the conflict with Delhi Development Act, 1957, and so as not to frustrate constitutional processes underway) - Petition and covering letter of 03/03/2005

    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/ec9ef293-2afe-4d81-b354-ef390536debc
  • 10. Application for Intervention in Social Jurist PIL
    http://skel.architexturez.net/doc/az-cf-22875
  • 11. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/eebill/2004-April/000016.html
  • 12. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/eebill/2004-May/000027.html
  • 13. Facilities, NCMP-DMPR
    DMP gives legal strength to commitment to equal access neighborhood schools that draft education Bill 2003 and compliance of court order for free seats have been diluting. NCMPcommitting resources without central law calls for progressive implementation of the DMPsolution, also as framework for optimally absorbing resources.

    http://skel.architexturez.net/doc/az-cf-21852
  • 14. Proposal for meeting
    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/7666a775-528b-4af9-89bb-5ea6dacdcf59
  • 15. Proposal for meeting (2)
    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/4c5916a5-4fd1-4c90-ba88-b62b62caadd6
  • 16. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/eebill/2004-October/000044.html
  • 17. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/eebill/2004-October/000045.html
  • 18. NPSC wants civic body representation
    Daily Pioneer, 29.10.2004

    Staff Reporter/ New Delhi

    The National Progressive Schools Council (NPSC) is all set to plea to the government for their representation in the civic bodies for the standardisation of the property tax and the parking charges.

    The unit area method property tax imposed by the MCD has been categorised from A to G. The last date of filing the taxes to gain 15 per cent rebate is October 31. The schools have however, opposed the new scheme as they say that even though the school is located in a posh area falling under category A but the students might not belong to an affluent family.

    "We want to subsidise and standardise the property tax of the schools as this would affect the tuition fees in return. The students come from varied financial background, therefore even though the school gets categorised as A but it would not be possible for each of the parents to shell out high sum of money," said Usha Ram, the principal of the Laxman Public School and the secretary of the NPSC. The schools have also decided to speak to the MCD on the imposition of annual parking charge of Rs 4,000.

    "We will be meeting the officials concerned of the MCD to waive off the parking fees charged from schools for the parking of the school buses," Ms Ram said. The NPSC comprising 105 public schools of Delhi and NCR claims that the decision is taken solely for the benefit of the parents. "The charges imposed by the civic bodies are putting an indirect pressure on the parents, therefore we are seriously concerned and want it to be resolved," added Ms Ram.

  • 19. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, a national agenda: Arjun Singh
    By Our Special Correspondent

    NEW DELHI, OCT. 28. The Union Human Resource Development Minister, Arjun Singh, today described the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) initiated by his predecessor, Murli Manohar Joshi, as a "national agenda" which should not be affected by political differences.

    http://www.hindu.com/2004/10/29/stories/2004102906221100.htm (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)

  • 20. Pvt help for schools’ health
    Hindustan Times, 01.11.2004

    Amitabh Shukla

    New Delhi, November 1

    The Government has finally been prodded into action. Following widespread criticism that government-owned schools lack even basic facilities, it has decided to hand over 1,000 schools to a third party for maintenance and upkeep.

    The Infrastructure Lease and Finance Services Limited (IL&FSL), in which the Centre has a significant stake, has been assigned the task of maintaining schools. The money being paid to the PWD would now go to this company.

    Sources said modalities for the transfer were being worked out. The draft of the new policy will be sent to the finance and law department for clearance. It will have to be finally approved by the Delhi Cabinet.

    Financial details regarding the amount to be given to the company per school would be worked out soon. The company made a presentation to chief minister Sheila Dikshit and other ministers in this regard earlier this week.

    Though the IL&FSL is keen on taking over all Delhi schools immediately for upkeep, the government plans to introduce the concept gradually, sources told the Hindustan Times.
    "Initially a few schools would be chosen and then we can give the contract of all schools," an official said.

    The contract would be for a period of five years, subject to renewal. "The proposal would now be implemented only from the next academic session," an official pointed out.

    Asked to explain the reasons for outsourcing maintenance of schools, an official said the PWD had its own priorities and projects. "We will now have one dedicated company to look into the nitty-gritty of school infrastructure. It would be answerable to the education department," he said.

    Govt can't manage its schools

    - Govt schools in tin sheds: 50

    - Without boundary walls: 20

    - Without toilets: Nearly 50 per cent

    - Number of teachers needed: 3,400

    - Principals: 209

    - Desks and blackboards are in a poor condition in most govt schools; some don't have enough books; none in Delhi is disabled-friendly

    But there’s hope:

    - Porta cabins for schools without proper structure or toilets. DSIDC already on the job

    - Increased budgetary allocation of Rs 122 crore

    The pitfall:

    At present, principals can sanction up to Rs 1 lakh a year on infrastructure works. After outsourcing, they may not have this power.

  • 21. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/eebill/2004-November/000046.html
  • 22. Property tax: Two classes for schools
    Hindustan Times, 04.11.2004

    Shruti Maheshwari

    New Delhi, November 3

    Paying property tax may become simpler for private schools in Delhi.

    The MCD’s Hardships and Anomaly Committee has recommended that schools be divided into just two categories for calculating property tax. Schools were earlier divided into three slots on the basis of the fees they charge.

    The first category comprises schools which charge up to Rs 600 as fees. Schools charging more than Rs 600 as fees will be in the second category and will have to pay twice the tax as those in the first category.

    While fixing a school's category, fees for boarding and transport would be deducted from the final figure.

    This means that only fees charged for development, security, library and cultural activities will comprise the final figure on the basis of which fees charged per student is calculated, said an MCD official.

    The third category for schools which charged more than Rs 1,200 has been done away with, said a committee member. This was done because of fears that schools would pass on the tax burden to parents.

    Committee member Sanjay Puri said schools have already been given other benefits, said Puri. The early payment rebate had been increased from 5 per cent to 15 per cent for schools which paid their tax till October 31.

    Schools had been demanding that the policy for calculating property tax be reviewed. "As per property tax rules, private schools falling in category C would have been asked to pay an additional Rs 37 lakh as tax which means Rs 2000 more per child per year," said V.K. Williams, of the Association of Progressive Schools in a representation to the committee.

  • 23. Govt plans health insurance for people below poverty line
    Hindustan Times, 05.10.2004

    Press Trust of India

    New Delhi, November 5

    The Union government would launch a new health insurance scheme soon to cover more than three lakh people living below poverty line in New Delhi.

    The scheme would be funded through a corpus fund of Rs 400-500 crore by charging market rate from private hospitals, which have been allotted land at concessional rates by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and L&DO of the Centre.

    The scheme has been initiated by the Urban Development Ministry. The ministry plans to put the corpus fund under an appropriate authority.

    The scheme, a brain child of the Urban Development Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, was initiated after the ministry found that the private hospitals in New Delhi, which were given land at concessional rates, were not adhering to the norm of providing 25 per cent free medical care facility to poor.

    The sources said while the finer details of the scheme would be worked out with an insurance company, the people having a BPL card could be easily brought under the scheme. The premium of the insurance would be paid out of the interest accruing on the corpus fund.

  • 24. Joint Task Force for Health and Tourism to examine issues relating to Medical Tourism

    A joint task force is to be constituted consisting of experts from both health and tourism to examine issues concerning medical tourism. This was decided in a meeting between Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr. A. Ramadoss and the Minister of State for Tourism, Smt. Renuka Choudhury here today. The task force is to look into issues relating to accreditation of hospitals and a price band for various kinds of treatment to be offered as part of promotion of medical tourism. The Minister for Tourism also desired that the committee should look into the recognition of spas and ayurveda Centres in India. The committee will also look into other issues like insurance and staying facilities while according accreditation. Dr. Ramadoss informed Smt. Choudhury that a decision had been taken to standardize and accredit all hospitals in India but the exercise may take two years. The task force will submit its recommendations to a key committee to be headed by the Health and Family Welfare Minister and Minister of State for Tourism.

    http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=4768 (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 25. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=105801
  • 26. Delhi street kids to get set for UNICEF mission
    Hindustant Times, 05.10.2004

    Indo-Asian News Service

    New Delhi, November 5

    A special UNICEF project aims to turn a gaggle of street children in New Delhi into roving puppeteers who use their marionettes to teach safe sex, promote AIDS awareness, gender equality and sensitivity to everyone from truck drivers to friends, family and peers.

    Spread over the next two years, the project would be conducted by the city-based Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust and the Salaam Balak Trust.

    "We will first have a large group of street children who will attend extensive workshops," said Dadi Pudumjee, head of the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust. "From these, we will pick a core group of 25-30 children who will be our campaigners."

    These children would then go around the city and hold puppet shows to teach groups like truck drivers that are specially susceptible to HIV/AIDS.

    Truck drivers travel great distances on the highway and are in frequent contact with sex workers, which make them potential AIDS victims

    "This kind of activism works the best because puppets can say things that human beings cannot and children say things adults cannot," said Pudumjee, who has been a puppeteer for the last two decades.
    The puppeteers will give four performances in different locations and will be paid as well.

    "Though no one will be paid during the training workshop, the core group, once selected, will be paid," said Pudumjee.

    "We are looking to make this an alternate profession for these children, a different way to make a living, through which they can also contribute to society and teach a few things to their peers."

  • 27. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=105930
  • 28. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=105906
  • 29. Schools keep reserved seats vacant till HC order
    Hindustan Times / Asian Age, 06.11.2004

    Shruti Maheshwari

    New Delhi, November 6

    A large number of schools operating from non-DDA land are not admitting children from economically weaker sections. They have instead, kept seats vacant till the ongoing case is resolved in the Delhi High Court.

    In a recent meeting of the action committee — a body representing Delhi’s private schools — it was decided that these institutions would keep the mandatory 20 per cent seats aside during the ongoing admission process.

    “We will keep the seats vacant and admit students only to the other seats,” R.C. Shekhar, Principal, Gyan Bharti School said.

    “Depending on the court verdict, schools can go ahead and admit students from the general quota or the economically weaker section as the case may be,” action committee secretary S.L. Jain said.

    Committee head T.R. Gupta said that they had asked Union HRD minister Arjun Singh for allowing classes for the weaker sections in the evenings. “The bright ones from this lot can then be integrated into the morning school,” he added.

    Meanwhile, some other institutions like Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Delhi Public School, Mathura Road have decided to adopt a wait and watch policy and are yet to decide on their policy vis-à-vis reservation.

  • 30. Students pay for teachers in Delhi schools

    By Pramod Kumar

    New Delhi, Nov. 4: Students going to some of the government-run schools in Delhi are being made to pay an "additional" monthly fee ranging from Rs 10 to 45 for "hiring private teachers" to teach them because of shortage of teachers.

    A majority of government-run schools, which are facing shortage of teachers, have now adopted this method of charging a fee from the students to hire private teachers to teach them.

    Seven-year-old Ritesh Jain (name changed), studying in Class 3 of Sarvodya Balika Vidyalaya, Avantika, Sector I, Rohini, paid an extra fee of Rs 10 to the school administration last month for hiring private teachers. The school administration categorically told the parents of all students to pay an additional fee of Rs 10 for hiring private teachers for the school. The parents were also asked to give it in writing if they agree to hire a private teacher.

    Earlier, students of this school used to pay just Rs 20 as monthly fee to the school administration. Now, they are paying Rs 31.

    However, it is not mentioned in the fee receipts that the additional fee of Rs 10 is being charged for hiring private teachers.

    Interestingly, there is no government policy on this. The schools are apparently implementing this policy on their own.

    Same is the case with a government-run higher secondary school in the Ramesh Park area. For the first time, the school administration is charging Rs 45 from each student of Class 8 as monthly fee. Students of the school don’t know as to why the amount is being charged from them.

    Meanwhile, the Delhi government has decided to close down more than 50 schools in the city. The reason: there are few students.

    Of the 53 middle, secondary and senior secondary schools to be closed, some are more than 15 years old and have less than 300 students each on their rolls. As a result, it has become difficult for the administration to run them. The students of these schools will be accommodated in other schools.

    The education department of the Delhi government closed 30 schools in 2003. This year, the government has closed 25 schools so far

    A Delhi government-run senior secondary school near Kinari Bazar at Gali Barf Wali in the walled city area has only 47 students. Residents of the area claim that this school is more than 15 years old. Now, the government has decided to shut down the school.

    Besides, a government-run senior secondary school near Sushila Mohan Marg will also be closed down as it has only 50 students. While the government-run senior secondary school in Molar Band has just 55 students, a middle school situated near the Railway Colony in the Paharganj area has 71 schools. Another middle school situated in the Paharganj area also has only 77 students.

    There are also several government-run schools where the number of students are close to 300. Still, these will be closed down. They include a senior secondary school in Chhawla (291), a middle school in R.K. Puram-4 (291), a senior secondary school in Kangan Heri (290), a senior secondary school in Dichaon Kalan (290) and a middle school (Urdu medium) in Bulbuli Khana (288).
  • 31. Hospitals breach contract, get away
    Hindustan Times, 06.11.2004

    HT Correspondent

    New Delhi, November 6

    The Union Urban Development Ministry has worked out a “practical” solution to the problem of hospitals not providing free beds to poor patients as per lease terms.

    Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has proposed to Lt-Governor B.L. Joshi that nine city hospitals, which are not treating poor patients for free in lieu of getting land at concession, be freed of their obligation.
    For this, hospital managements will have to pay the differential amount between the original allotment price and the current market price.

    An amount of Rs 500 crore earned through this can be made into a corpus, which will be under the Lt. Governor’s management and will be used for health insurance schemes for the poor.

    The interest from the corpus fund at 5 per cent per annum will be Rs 25 crore — enough to give health insurance cover to 4 lakh families in the city who are below the poverty line.

    The insurance cover would reimburse medical expenses up to Rs 30,000 for hospitalisation, coverage of death due to accident of an earning head of the family for Rs 25,000.

  • 32. Hospitals can pay and be free of obligations
    Vineeta Pandey, TNN Nov 6, 2004, 02.45am IST


    NEW DELHI: Having found that getting private hospitals to honour their commitment to provide facilities to the underprivileged is virtually impossible, and even if enforced, difficult to monitor, the government has decided to allow hospitals to pay their way out of the obligation.

    In a letter to lieutenant-governor B L Joshi, Union urban development minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday gave his consent to free the hospitals from their obligations if they pay the current market rate of the land allotted to them. He has proposed no other penalty.

    http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/914137.cms (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 33. Demand for Public Notice
    For proposal to "regularise" DMP violation by hospitals / include health insurance in DMP to allow use of penalties for it (letters of 07/11/2004 and 23/12/2004)

    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/e8e55d9c-06cc-4b1b-8ab3-d49a76e2eca2
  • 34. Fortis hospital inaugurated
    By Our Staff Reporter

    NEW DELHI, NOV. 7. Fortis Healthcare Limited's first hospital in Noida was inaugurated by the Union Defence Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, today. The state-of-the-art multi-speciality tertiary care hospital with super speciality in orthopaedics and neuro-sciences also offers specialised care in oncology, trauma care, gastro-intestinal diseases, renal sciences and obstetrics. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mukherjee said healthcare was one of the most critical components for growth and development of any country. "India needs worlds-class healthcare establishments and the role of private hospitals like this will only enhance our capability to deliver health to the masses," he added.

    The Union Health Minister, A. Ramadoss, said the Government was seriously committed to raising the healthcare standards in India and make it accessible to every corner of the country.

    http://www.hindu.com/2004/11/08/stories/2004110811080400.htm (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 35. Education dept to appoint dy. directors
    TNN Nov 8, 2004, 12.07am IST

    NEW DELHI: Responding to complaints that several poor students were being denied admission to schools under the 20 per cent quota, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit asked the education department to appoint deputy directors as appellate authority.

    In a meeting, Dikshit reviewed several issues related to transport, education and social welfare. The meeting was attended by east Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit, outer Delhi MP Sajjan Kumar, ministers including A S Lovely, Haroon Yusuf and Yoganand Shastri, area legislators and senior officials.

    http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/915293.cms (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 36. www.hindustantimes.com
  • 37. Hospitals dumping biomedical waste,issued notices
    Himanshi Dhawan, TNN Nov 10, 2004, 11.52pm IST

    NEW DELHI: The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has issued showcause notices to five major hospitals, including Deen Dayal Upadhayay and Hindu Rao, for non-compliance of bio-medical waste norms.

    The other hospitals which have been issued notices include NDMC's Charak Palika, ESI Basai Darapur and Lady Hardinge hospital. On inspection, the committee reportedly found that the hospitals were not complying by bio-medical waste rules regarding chemical disinfection and segregation.

    http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/919527.cms (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 38. Playschools draw new patterns to fleece money
    Vividha Kaul, TNN Nov 11, 2004, 11.53pm IST

    NEW DELHI: In another day and age, the grannie would have done it, and for free.

    But now listening to mythological tales comes at a steep price.

    Playschools in the city are coming up with 'hobby classes' in the evenings and the charges range between Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 for two classes per week.

    http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/920981.cms (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 39. Now disabled kids to get free education
    By Our Staff Reporter

    NEW DELHI, NOV. 12. The Union Government has informed the Delhi High Court that it has notified the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act of 1995, paving the way for putting in place schemes to provide free education to physically-challenged students by the Union and the State Governments.

    Counsel for the Union Government informed a Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice B.C. Patel and Justice B.D. Ahmed that the Act was notified on November 4.

    http://www.hindu.com/2004/11/13/stories/2004111307670400.htm (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)

  • 40. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=106654
  • 41. Government hospitals told to clean up mess
    By Bindu Shajan Perappadan

    NEW DELHI, NOV. 14. The Directorate of Health Services has in response to a letter sent to it by Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital this past week stating that the Delhi Government hospitals using their bio-medical waste treatment facility -- incinerators and autoclave -- were sending "shabby'' waste, has written to the 26 Delhi Government-run health units to clean up their act.

    The nodal hospital, LNJP, doubles up as a "waste treatment station'' for various health units using its incinerator and autoclave facility.

    http://www.hindu.com/2004/11/15/stories/2004111511300400.htm (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 42. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=106754
  • 43. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=106879
  • 44. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=106876
  • 45. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=107042
  • 46. New website on school students
    By Our Staff Reporter

    NEW DELHI, NOV. 17. In another major milestone, the State Education Department today launched its new web-based student performance tracking system. This new website enables maintenance of personal details of nearly nine lakh students, their performance in examination, health, discipline, the entire registration and admission process.

    Launching the website at the Delhi pavilion at Pragati Maidan today, the Education Minister, Arvinder Singh Lovely, said it was yet another step to fulfil the dream of the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, to spread education and awareness among students through use of Information Technology. The Education Minister informed that under this new software, students and parents would be given a code. This code would also be kept with the Education Department. Through use of this code, individual parents can access the various details about their wards and make constant efforts to improve it. The best part of this software is that it contains full details about all the nine lakh students individually and keeps track of their performance subject wise. "It is the initiative of the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, who had expressed keen interest that best possible facilities should be provided to students and technology should be used for their benefit,'' he added.

    http://www.hindu.com/2004/11/18/stories/2004111810850400.htm (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 47. ISO goes to school
    Rumu Bannerjee, TNN Nov 18, 2004, 11.28pm IST

    NEW DELHI: Celebrity alumnus and glitzy founder's day functions are passe. There's a new status tag that schools like Laxman Public, DPS International and Don Bosco are brandishing now — quality assurance.

    Every school in Delhi, be it an established one or the new kid on the block, seems to be in a rush to obtain ISO certification.

    http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/927526.cms (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 48. Uproarious scenes at DDA meet over school plots
    By Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar  

    NEW DELHI, NOV. 22. The Delhi Development Authority meeting chaired by the Lieutenant-Governor, B.L. Joshi, here today witnessed uproarious scenes as the elected Members unanimously opposed tabling of the agenda for auction of school plots on the ground that it would make education expensive and take it beyond the reach of the ordinary citizens. The members also alleged large-scale corruption in allotment of over 400 institutional plots, conduct of mini draws and allotment of a residential plot and demanded a probe and action against guilty officials.

    The meeting, which lasted nearly two-and-a-half hours, saw the elected members -- MLAs Mahabal Mishra, Zile Singh Chauhan and Mange Ram Garg, and Councillor Virender Kasana -- join hands to oppose the proposal to auction all school plots. Stating that it would be tantamount to sale of education in Delhi, Mr Mishra vehemently opposed the proposal and called for continuing with the old method of allotting school plots to the eligible societies.

    http://www.hindu.com/2004/11/23/stories/2004112311070400.htm (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 49. Running schools, cause or business?
    TNN Nov 23, 2004, 01.26am IST 

    NEW DELHI: Delhi Development Authority's (DDA) new policy to auction land to schools and trusts has run into rough weather as the elected representatives have raised objections against it. They have reportedly asked the civic body to scrap the policy.

    The policy came under fire in the board meeting of DDA, chaired by lieutenant-governor B L Joshi. The representatives, including all MLAs and councillor, said the policy was anti-poor. Councillor and member of DDA Virender Kasana said: "This will lead to commercialisation of education. DDA or the government would not have any control over the schools and they will charge anything as fee. This would mean pushing education out of the reach of the poor or economically-weak sections of the society."

    http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/931867.cms (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 50. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=107598
  • 51. Delhi school order for Aptech
    NEW DELHI: SSI Education, a division of Aptech, has bagged a Rs. 88.73 crore order from the Directorate of Delhi Schools to provide IT training in 696 schools in the National Capital Region (NCR). Aptech will provide 1,800 trained faculty and 700 IT assistants, taking the total headcount deployment to over 2,500, and adhere to pre-determined schedules apart from providing classroom infrastructure.

    http://www.hindu.com/2004/11/25/stories/2004112504511802.htm (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 52. Mid-day meal:Recipe for disaster
    Shreya Ray, TNN Dec 2, 2004, 11.36pm IST

    NEW DELHI: One hot meal. Even in European countries like Finland, the concept has helped draw children to the classroom. Contrast this with all the reports on the mid-day meal in Delhi's MCD schools — unhygienic food, shortage of food, half-cooked food et al.

    With the Supreme Court directive on November 23 ordering that every child in all states and union territories be provided with "100 gms of cooked mid-day meal immediately or not later than January 2005", Times City takes a look at the ground realities and how they differ from the ideal.

    http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/944485.cms (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 53. `Shramdaan' to cleanse Yamuna
    By Our Staff Reporter

    NEW DELHI, DEC. 2 . `Shramdaan' will be conducted along the banks of the Yamuna by Prabhat, a non-government organisation working with differently-abled children, on Friday to mark World Disability Day.

    The children will contribute towards saving the environment of Delhi by joining the exercise to cleanse the Yamuna, which is being polluted by untreated domestic sewage, industrial effluents, flyash and chemicals. The children would remove environmentally hazardous plastic bags, garbage and pooja flowers from the river. These children along with those from Sri Ram School in Vasant Valley and government schools of North and South Delhi would also form a human chain to create awareness among the citizens about the need to save the river.

    http://www.hindu.com/2004/12/03/stories/2004120312820400.htm (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 54. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=109522
  • 55. Illegal I-T-Park on Riverbed
    DEMAND FOR STOPPING IT, TESTING s.11A PUBLIC NOTICE OF 18.09.2004 FOR ITS “IN-SITU REGULARISATION” FOR CONFORMITY WITH LAW AND DISPOSAL OF RESPONSES TO IT - forthwith and, in any case, before disposal of s.11a Public Notices of 04.11.2004 (redevelopment of industrial clusters) and 07.11.2004 (commercial development in historic water body in ridge area)

    http://skel.architexturez.net/doc/az-cf-22781
  • 56. Govt plans health insurance for people below poverty line
    Press Trust of India

    New Delhi, November 5

    The Union government would launch a new health insurance scheme soon to cover more than three lakh people living below poverty line in New Delhi.

    The scheme would be funded through a corpus fund of Rs 400-500 crore by charging market rate from private hospitals, which have been allotted land at concessional rates by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and L&DO of the Centre.

    The scheme has been initiated by the Urban Development Ministry. The ministry plans to put the corpus fund under an appropriate authority.

    The scheme, a brain child of the Urban Development Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, was initiated after the ministry found that the private hospitals in New Delhi, which were given land at concessional rates, were not adhering to the norm of providing 25 per cent free medical care facility to poor.

    The sources said while the finer details of the scheme would be worked out with an insurance company, the people having a BPL card could be easily brought under the scheme. The premium of the insurance would be paid out of the interest accruing on the corpus fund.

  • 57. Delhi street kids to get set for UNICEF mission
    Indo-Asian News Service

    New Delhi, November 5

    A special UNICEF project aims to turn a gaggle of street children in New Delhi into roving puppeteers who use their marionettes to teach safe sex, promote AIDS awareness, gender equality and sensitivity to everyone from truck drivers to friends, family and peers.

    Spread over the next two years, the project would be conducted by the city-based Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust and the Salaam Balak Trust.

    "We will first have a large group of street children who will attend extensive workshops," said Dadi Pudumjee, head of the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust. "From these, we will pick a core group of 25-30 children who will be our campaigners."

    These children would then go around the city and hold puppet shows to teach groups like truck drivers that are specially susceptible to HIV/AIDS.

    Truck drivers travel great distances on the highway and are in frequent contact with sex workers, which make them potential AIDS victims

    "This kind of activism works the best because puppets can say things that human beings cannot and children say things adults cannot," said Pudumjee, who has been a puppeteer for the last two decades.

    The puppeteers will give four performances in different locations and will be paid as well.

    "Though no one will be paid during the training workshop, the core group, once selected, will be paid," said Pudumjee.

    "We are looking to make this an alternate profession for these children, a different way to make a living, through which they can also contribute to society and teach a few things to their peers."

  • 58. PIB release - Joint Task Force For Health And Tourism To Examine Issues Relating To Medical Tourism
    A joint task force is to be constituted consisting of experts from both health and tourism to examine issues concerning medical tourism. This was decided in a meeting between Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr. A. Ramadoss and the Minister of State for Tourism, Smt. Renuka Choudhury here today. The task force is to look into issues relating to accreditation of hospitals and a price band for various kinds of treatment to be offered as part of promotion of medical tourism.

    http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=4768 (Retrieved 16th July, 2013)
  • 59. Letter to DDA and GNCTD for compliance
    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/e382d349-ad9a-4e11-a4c6-f838ff01854b
  • 60. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/eebill/2005-January/000058.html
  • 61. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/eebill/2005-January/000059.html
  • 62. Parliamentary standing Committee visit to Vasant Kunj
    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/2a08a767-9a79-4f1a-9430-b0fa94bd740d
  • 63. Letter to schools
    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/001555ed-253d-4870-ba6e-6ee329f04adf
  • 64. GNCTD forwardings of letters of 21&22/11/2004
    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/0fabdc53-1540-4e61-bb19-d081d1998b21
  • 65. Petition to President
    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/8fec439f-5393-4a18-ab7d-7e712aeb6c8c
  • 66. Letter to President from Rajinder Singh (petitioner in WP 8956/2003)
    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/803e7896-6670-43b6-951a-c70ab7791ca3
  • 67. Letter to President from Hoti Lal, convener RPVEAM (petitioner in WP 8955/2003)
    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/b5b21e27-e404-44c9-9f78-9f27a83fc3b3
  • 68. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/eebill/2005-January/000062.html
  • 69. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/mpisgmedia/2005-January/000264.html
  • 70. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=115465
  • 71. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/eebill/2005-January/000064.html
  • 72. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/eebill/2005-January/000065.html
  • 73. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/eebill/2005-February/000067.html
  • 74. Letter to GNCTD and DDA about compliance
    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/61bb28ff-af1d-4384-a59a-23ecc3f422f2
  • 75. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/mpisgmedia/2005-February/000273.html
  • 76. Education resources: 2% cess from the nation and misuse in the Capital
    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/1ab77c9d-d62f-4bb7-a65b-59afb6cc083e
  • 77. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/mpisgmedia/2005-February/000278.html
  • 78. Response to GNCTD letter of 04/02/2005
    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/8f9d32d9-0e13-4d31-8a5a-a75df6f73b9c
  • 79. Universalisation of Education: The statutory Delhi Master Plan (DMP) scheme
    http://skel.architexturez.net/doc/az-cf-22857
  • 80. Letter about court stay on GNCTD BPL directive
    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/f2579cb2-5c1f-407e-a882-4b2c2295a182
  • 81. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/mpisgmedia/2005-February/000279.html
  • 82. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/mpisgmedia/2005-February/000280.html
  • 83. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/mpisgmedia/2005-February/000281.html
  • 84. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/mpisgmedia/2005-February/000283.html
  • 85. Now, keep tab on govt services
    TNN Feb 16, 2005, 01.33am IST

    NEW DELHI: You finally get to grade the government. Delhi government has commissioned a 'social audit' by which citizens can evaluate government services in hospitals, schools and issuance of licences and ration cards. The audit will be conducted by a Bangalore-based agency called Public Affairs Centre (PAC).

    Delhi will be signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PAC soon. "This audit is being conducted so that we as a government are guided as to where the shoe is pinching. The report will study the level of public interaction, corruption levels and the reforms that should be introduced," said chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

     http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1022203.cms (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 86. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/eebill/2005-February/000070.html
  • 87. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=118046
  • 88. Donation racket unearthed in school
    NIDHI SHARMA, TNN Feb 16, 2005, 11.56pm IST

    NEW DELHI: The income tax department has cracked down on Bal Bharati Public School and found that the administration had been giving admissions to students in lieu of donations running into lakhs of rupees. The department has also zeroed in on five other public schools of Delhi and is investigating their role in carrying out a similar practice and illegally granting exemption certificates.

    The exemption wing of the I-T department swooped upon the business premises of the school at Pusa Road branch and seized account books and other records. The department reportedly found that the school has been taking "conditional donations" from the parents for giving admissions. Receipts seized by the exemption wing revealed that the school has reportedly been taking Rs 1.5 lakh per student admitted at pre-primary level. Over 50 such receipts issued in 2004-05 have been seized.

    http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1023151.cms (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 89. Soon, [email protected] to be introduced in city schools
    TNN Feb 16, 2005, 11.04pm IST

    NEW DELHI: In an effort to introduce computer-aided learning in the non-formal sector, the Delhi government will provide access to computers for students under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). The project will be undertaken with the assistance of chip major Intel and the administration will be signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the firm soon.

    The program, [email protected], will be introduced in 13 schools and is expected to target 6,000 students who have little or no access to computers. "Students under the SSA program already come for classes in languages and maths to our government schools after the regular classes are over. They use the same facilities and will now be using a computer lab also," a senior government official said. Extended monitoring and support will be provided to these schools through SSA district coordinators.

    http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1023161.cms (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 90. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=118177
  • 91. Notices to Delhi govt, MCD over poor facilities in schools
    TNN Feb 18, 2005, 11.23pm IST

    NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice to the Delhi government and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on the plea of a lawyers' group seeking a direction to the authorities to ensure availability of infrastructure and amenities like drinking water, toiletsand electricity in state-run schools.

    Chief Justice B C Patel and Justice B D Ahmed asked the Delhi Government and MCD to file their response to the application moved by Social Jurist by March 4, the next date of hearing.

    http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1025582.cms (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 92. Panels to look into sexual harassment cases in schools
    By Our Staff Reporter

    NEW DELHI, FEB. 18. Taking a serious note of the involvement of a Principal and a Vice-Principal of the Government schools in the alleged rape of a 16-year old student, the Delhi Government has decided to constitute committees in all the schools to work out the security measures for students especially girls and also look into the cases of sexual harassment if any.

    http://www.hindu.com/2005/02/19/stories/2005021909500400.htm (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
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  • 95. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/archivefullstory.php?newsid=118766&creation_date=2005-02-23
  • 96. `Eco-Meet 2005' inaugurated
    By Our Staff Reporter

    NEW DELHI, FEB. 23. The Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, today said that to make the Capital a clean city it was necessary to involve the citizens in the various eco-related programmes.

    Inaugurating a four-day "Eco-Meet 2005" at the National Bal Bhawan here, Ms. Dikshit said management of garbage, control of pollution and improvement of general sanitation were necessary to make Delhi a world class city.

    "This is only possible if the Government works in tandem with the citizens," said Ms. Dikshit, who also administered an eco-pledge to the students besides handing out 65 certificates of recognition to leading Eco Club Schools. Ms. Dikshit -- who was accompanied by the Delhi Environment Minister, Raj Kumar Chauhan -- also visited an environment-related exhibition put up by children from across the Capital on the occasion.

    http://www.hindu.com/2005/02/24/stories/2005022412830400.htm (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 97. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=118918
  • 98. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/archivefullstory.php?newsid=119059&creation_date=2005-02-25
  • 99. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/archivefullstory.php?newsid=119140&creation_date=2005-02-26
  • 100. source: http://cities.expressindia.com/archivefullstory.php?newsid=119152&creation_date=2005-02-26
  • 101. Bill on education is just a ploy: Abu Bakar
    By Our Staff Reporter 

    NEW DELHI, FEB. 26. A two-day national consultation on the proposed "Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2004" was inaugurated today. Organised by the National Alliance for Right to Education and Equity (NAFRE), the convention has over 200 activists and educationists participating.

    Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman of the Minorities Commission, Abu Bakar, said people living in the margins have been denied education by the class in power since Independence. "The character of the State has been suppressive and coercive, whose deliberate plan is to keep education from the reach of the people. The proposed Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2004, scheduled to be tabled in Parliament during the ongoing budget session is nothing but another ploy to snatch education from the people,'' he said.

    http://www.hindu.com/2005/02/27/stories/2005022709080300.htm (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 102. Govt-aided schools under scrutiny for misuse of funds
    TNN Feb 28, 2005, 02.23am IST

    NEW DELHI: Stung by allegations of misappropriation of funds, Delhi government has put aided schools under the scanner. The education department will conduct an audit of about 250 schools in the Capital.

    There have been several complaints against the functioning of aided schools that suffer from poor infrastructure and teaching facilities. "Most aided schools leave much to be desired as far as their teaching or other facilities are concerned," an official said. Aided schools get nearly 95% of their funding from the government. Sources say that there is very little check on the working or accounts.

    http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1034971.cms (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 103. MPISG application for intervention in free-seats litigation Filed: 28/02/2005; mentioned: 02/03/2005
    http://skel.architexturez.net/doc/az-cf-22861
  • 104. MCD "misuse-charges"
    Letter of 01/03/2005 wrt GNCTD forwardings of letters (in context of MPISG PIL) about farmhouse party policy and non-compliance of court order for rectification of violations on school sites

    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/1dec3152-d4da-4b2a-b80f-fd8751b9b602
  • 105. Education Bill: Petition to Rajya Sabha
    Praying that the Free and Compulsory Education Bill not be proceeded with till the preferences for central law, basing its architecture on a scheme inferior to one set out in another central law, etc, are adequately clarified; and, If the said Bill is proceeded with, Delhi be exempted from its purview in view of the conflict with Delhi Development Act, 1957, and so as not to frustrate constitutional processes underway) - Petition and covering letter of 03/03/2005

    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/ec9ef293-2afe-4d81-b354-ef390536debc
  • 106. Letter to GNCTD Education Director (09/03/2005)
    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/8c043350-76d5-45ec-9e8c-006f7a8710b0
  • 107. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/eebill/2005-March/000072.html
  • 108. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/mpisgmedia/2005-March/000296.html
  • 109. Letter to Education Director (22/03/2005)
    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/43c92dbd-17f2-4630-be7e-090fd80e99f7
  • 110. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/mpisgmedia/2005-April/000312.html
  • 111. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/mpisgmedia/2005-April/000317.html
  • 112. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/mpisgmedia/2005-April/000323.html
  • 113. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/mpisgmedia/2005-May/000329.html
  • 114. Promotion of SSA and Mid Day Meal scheme
    The Government has released Rs. 1215 crores as Additional Central Assistance for Mid-Day Meal scheme during 2004-05. The highest amount Rs. 170.67 crores was released to Uttar Pradesh during this period. Some other States which received the control assistance under this scheme are: Maharashtra Rs. 139.95 crores; Orissa Rs. 73.56 crores; Gujarat Rs. 4804 crores; Assam Rs. 23.11 crores; Tamil Nadu Rs. 58.19 crores; Kerala Rs. 24.53 crores, West Bengal Rs. 69.93 crores and Bihar Rs. 70.82 crores. 

    http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=8939 (Retrieved 19th August, 2013)
  • 115. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/mpisgmedia/2005-May/000330.html
  • 116. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/mpisgmedia/2005-May/000336.html
  • 117. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/mpisgmedia/2005-May/000339.html
  • 118. source: http://cag.nic.in/reports/union/rep2005/2005_ab/08-Chapter_revie_UD_DDA_allotmet%20of%20land_iv.pdf
  • 119. Letter to LG about the schools matter in court
    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/03f57c45-2dbe-47e9-97cf-39d360bbbacd
  • 120. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/mpisgmedia/2005-May/000356.html
  • 121. [mpisgmedia] free-seats mess / school education
    http://network.architexturez.net/pst/az-cf-26367-1118511905
  • 122. CABE meeting of 14-15/07/05
    http://skel.architexturez.net/pst/2a50c6e1-489b-4c11-829e-705f151ef196
  • 123. [mpisgmedia] CABE meeting / sub-judice common school system issues
    http://network.architexturez.net/pst/az-cf-26395-1121534060
  • 124. [mpisgmedia] CABE / sub-judice common-school-system issues
    http://network.architexturez.net/pst/az-cf-26398-1122062520
  • 125. [mpisgmedia] school-walas, heritage-walas and babies that died in Bawana
    http://network.architexturez.net/pst/az-cf-26399-1122063376
  • 126. [mpisgmedia] Quota in education / intervention application in SJ pil
    http://network.architexturez.net/pst/az-cf-26452-1124892670
  • 127. Re: [mpisgmedia] Quota in education / intervention application in SJ pil
    http://network.architexturez.net/pst/az-cf-26453-1124966386
  • 128. Re: [mpisgmedia] Quota in education / intervention application in SJ pil
    http://network.architexturez.net/pst/az-cf-26462-1126033488
  • 129. source: http://mail.architexturez.net/pipermail/eebill/2005-September/000088.html
  • 130. [mpisgmedia] schools quota case (hearing on 13/09/05)
    http://network.architexturez.net/pst/az-cf-26471-1126623871
  • 131. eebill
    The Constitution of India, committed to universalisation of education through a directive principle, was amended to make free and compulsory school education a right. The amendment requires a law to be enacted, draft Bill for which was prepared and twice modified in 2003. In the discourse about the draft bill as well as in recent PIL on free seats for the poor concern for a common school system has been amply reiterated. But holistic solutions suggested in existing law, such as in the equal access neighbourhood school provisions of Delhi Master Plan, although being sought by communities, continue to be disregarded in the discourse. This list is for discussion premised on already existing law, so that the proposed education law improves upon them.

    http://mail.architexturez.net/mailman/listinfo/eebill
  • 132. Facilities, NCMP-DMPR
    DMP gives legal strength to commitment to equal access neighborhood schools that draft education Bill 2003 and compliance of court order for free seats have been diluting. NCMPcommitting resources without central law calls for progressive implementation of the DMPsolution, also as framework for optimally absorbing resources.

    http://skel.architexturez.net/doc/az-cf-21852