PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT,CHANDIGARH ADMINISTRATION PRESS NOTE Chandigarh April 25: The Chandigarh Administration has once again clarified that it had already granted three yearly extensions to the schools running in residential premises and after making adequate capacity for admission in government schools, it was decided to close the schools running in residential areas within the sector grid by April 2006. It is worth mentioning that in sector grid there are 25 schools under the Estate Office area with an enrollment of around 5700 students and 19 schools under the Chandigarh Housing Board area with an enrollment of 2400 students. Accordingly, the Administration conducted survey of 25 schools of the Sector Grid under the Estate Office area. Out of the 25 schools, five have been allotted school sites and majority of the schools have closed down. A few schools are having less than 100 children in all can be easily accommodated in the nearly government schools. Further more, the Administration has decided to run some of the Government Schools in double shifts to cope with the additional load and adequate arrangements have been made in the government schools. The Administration is fully prepared and has carried out a thorough survey to count each and every child who would be affected by this decision and has taken preventive steps that no student would be left unattended and all will be accommodated either in the new schools most of which will become functional from this academic session or in the government schools. As many as 32 schools out of the 36 newly allotted sites by the Administration have become operational and will accommodate about 15,000 students. Two new government Schools in Sector 38(W) and Sector 56 will be made operational in the current year to cater to the needs of children affected by the closure of residential schools and 20 additional class rooms in existing schools will also be made operational in this year. There is a capacity for additional enrolment of 3000 students in various government schools. At the same time, the Administration has already advertised seven new school sites in the sector grid for private schools and eight new school sites have been carved out in the new sectors to meet the increasing demand after the existing schools within the sector grid are closed by April 30,2006. Since the educational infrastructure and facilities in Manimajra and in the rehabilitated and unauthorized colonies were inadequate, therefore, one year extension was granted to the schools in these areas. The Chandigarh Administration, keeping its policy of providing schools in the nearby areas for the tiny tots, allowed running of crèches and play way schools in the residential areas subject to certain conditions so that the little children are provided schooling in the nearby areas. The lessees of allotted school sites were also allowed to utilize their balance FAR (Floor Area Ratio) so that all the children are accommodated in the schools. It should be appreciated that the Administration is bound by the directions of the High Court to stop running of all private educational institutions which are not recognized or which do not fulfill the norms. It is also clarified here that the schools in the residential areas were party to the main case CWP -7923 of 1989 and it was in their knowledge that these schools have to be closed subject to the extensions granted by the Administration. However, the Administration has allowed yearly extension to these schools since 2002. Since, Chandigarh is a planned city and specific sites have been earmarked for specific purpose. The running of schools from the residential areas violates the provision of zoning plan and creates noise pollution in the adjoining areas. It also creates traffic problems for the residents of that area. In order to solve this problem, it has become pertinent to plan school sites at appropriate places and provide proper environment with adequate open spaces and playground for the education and development of the children.
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