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HC: KVS Barred from Denying EWS Category Admission Due to Out-of-State Issued Certificates
The ruling emphasized that for a candidate applying under the EWS category for admission in any KV school across the country, the requirement is not bound to the state where the school is located. Instead, the certificate should be provided by an authorized officer in the state where proper verification is feasible.

by Pragti Sharma / 26 Dec 2023 18:43 PM IST / 0 Comment(s) / 133

The recent ruling by the Delhi High Court has addressed a critical issue surrounding admissions under the economically weaker section (EWS) category in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVS). The court's judgment clarified that the Centre, governing the KVS, holds the authority to establish the annual income threshold for EWS classification. This implies that a child's eligibility under the EWS category should not be denied by the KVS solely based on the state from which the income certificate was obtained.



The ruling emphasized that for a candidate applying under the EWS category for admission in any KV school across the country, the requirement is not bound to the state where the school is located. Instead, the certificate should be provided by an authorized officer in the state where proper verification is feasible.



Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani highlighted that the central government has stipulated that the income certificate, a crucial determinant for EWS classification, must be issued by an official of a specified rank in the state after diligent verification of pertinent documents, following the prescribed procedures outlined by the respective state governments.



Additionally, the court noted that the gross annual family income threshold for determining the EWS category is below Rs 8 lakh, as notified by the central government.



In a specific case where a petitioner's ward was denied admission to a Kendriya Vidyalaya in Delhi due to possessing an EWS certificate from Uttar Pradesh, the court deemed this denial invalid. It directed the KVS to grant regular admission to the petitioner's ward for the academic session 2023-2024 in Class 3, acknowledging that despite an initial allotment for the academic session 2021-2022 in Class 1, the child was denied admission.



This verdict stands as a significant milestone in ensuring fair and inclusive access to education for children falling under the economically weaker sections, streamlining the admission process in Kendriya Vidyalayas across the country.


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