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MP quota in Kendriya Vidyalayas

Date: 29 March 2022 Tags: Bills & Laws

Issue

Education minister has asked Lok Sabha to decide collectively if the MP quota in Kendriya Vidyalayas should be scrapped or not.

 

Details

  • Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) are educational institutions that are administered and run by the Ministry of Education (MoE).

  • They were started in 1963 for the children of transferable Central government employees, including Defence and paramilitary personnel, on the recommendation of the Second Central Pay Commission.

 

Need for KVs

The KVs ensured that the education of these children does not get hampered on account of frequent transfer of their parents.

 

Significance of KVs

They provide subsidised quality education and have an excellent academic track record in CBSE Board Examinations.

 

The MP quota in KV

  • The MP quota was introduced through a special scheme in 1975 by the autonomous Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS).

  • The scheme allows a fixed quota of admissions to each member of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. 

  • The scheme aimed to ensure more discretionary powers to MPs to help them serve their constituents in a better way.

 

Criteria

  • The recommendations of MP are limited from Classes 1 to 9 and the parents of the student should belong to the constituency of the MP.

  • Previously, a MP could recommend two admissions in an academic year, which was raised to five in 2011, six in 2012, and 10 in 2016. 

  • Apart from MP quota, the Education Minister has a discretionary quota that allows him/her to recommend 450 students for admission in each academic year.

 

Admission under MP quota

  • The MP sends a coupon containing details of the parents and child to the KVS and MoE. The candidates are shortlisted and names appear on KV website.

  • The parents should perform the required procedure such as providing admission details and paying fees to get admission for their ward.

 

Reason for scrapping

  • Admission under the quota has gone beyond the set size. This has distorted the teacher-student ratio and deprived bright students from studying in KVs.

  • A MP had asked the minister to increase the quota to 50 or scrap it completely as they were unable to fulfill demands of all requests.

  • The education minister suggested that an all-party meeting be held in this regard and a decision will be taken regarding scrapping of the quota.