The Narendra Modi government has scrapped the discretionary reservation for Members of Parliament (MP quota) for admissions to Kendriya Vidyalayas, and issued revised admission guidelines — a week after the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) put admissions under ‘special provisions’, including the MP quota, on hold till further orders.
Under the KVS Special Dispensation Admission Scheme (MP quota), a member of parliament had the power to recommend a maximum of 10 students from their respective constituencies in every academic year for admissions in Classes 1 to 9. Education activists had been demanding that this provision be scrapped for decades. Even MPs wanted to either do away with the MP quota or increase the number of students who can be admitted on the basis of recommendations.
The revised guidelines issued by the KVS incorporate several amendments under the ‘special provisions’ section of the admission policy. Other than the MP quota, the KVS has also removed other reservations, including 100 children of education ministry employees, children and dependent grandchildren of MPs and retired KV employees, and discretionary quota of school management committee chairman, among others.
A senior official at the KVS said under the condition of anonymity that the the authority has made the amendments after due consideration. “The MP quota has been scrapped along with some other quotas under the ‘special provisions’ section of the admission. Some new quotas have also been included in their place,” he said.
The new quotas include 50 seats for the wards of group B and C central police organisations such as the CRPF, BSF, ITBP, SSB, CISF, NDRF, and Assam Rifles under the union ministry of home affairs, posted for internal security, border postings, disaster responses, and other frontline areas, based on a list provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Besides, the KVS has also officially included children covered under the PM CARES scheme under the provisions.
The admissions made under the special provisions are besides the designated class strength.
During the recently concluded parliament session, several MPs, including INC’s Manish Tewari and BJP’s Sushil Modi, demanded that the MP quota should be scrapped or the government must increase the limit.
On 21 March, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan urged the Lok Sabha to collectively debate and decide whether the MP quota in KVs should continue or not. After his appeal, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla suggested that there could be an all-party meeting to debate the matter.
Official data say that during the year 2021-22, 7,301 students, including 609 Scheduled Castes, 212 Scheduled Tribes, 1,811 OBCs and 55 EWS students were admitted through the MP quota across 1,248 Kendriya Vidyalayas in India.