Quota of MPs increased in Kendriya Vidalayas

The government has raised Kendriya Vidyalaya admission quota for MPs from two to six seats in the wake of increased demands from the Parliamentarians.

With this, roughly 6,000 seats in the KVs would be filled up on the recommendations of the Parliamentarians, HRD Ministry official said after a meeting chaired by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal with KV Board of Governors.

At present, there are 1,087 Kendriya Vidyalayas with over one million students in its roll across the country.

The development comes following Sibal's assurance in Parliament during the Budget Session in this regard.

Under the new plan, jurisdiction of Lok Sabha MPs will be limited to their constituency. Rajya Sabha MPs, however, can recommend admissions across the state.

Earlier, MPs could nominate only two students every academic session. But after the Right to Education Act came into force in April 2010, the scheme was scrapped -- only to be restored in May following intense pressure from MPs.

The HRD Ministry had also sent a reference to the Law Ministry sometime back on its proposal to hike the quota from 2 to 6 seats, even as the Law Ministry had opined that said such a move would be "unconstitutional".

The Law Ministry had pointed out that the proposal is not in conformity with the Delhi High Court order of November 17, 1998. 

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