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					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.