The movie ‘Hindi Medium’ rightly depicts the school admissions scenario in the city of New Delhi. The movie is based upon a book by school activist Mr Sumit Vohra of AdmissionsNursery.com.
The criterion of School Admissions laid down by Delhi Government is subject to Right to Education Act, which prohibits interview of Parents. Therefore, strictly admissions are based upon certain points allotted for Distance, Alumni, Sibling, Girl Child, Armed Forces and so on. Though, in case of minorities schools belonging to Christianity and Sikhs, they have been provided freedom to give priority to the Minority by assigning maximum points for the religion.
But otherwise the distance factor is given the maximum importance for General Category, therefore the parents who are not residing near a good School indulge in unethical practices as depicted in the movie, like they first shifted to Vasant Kunj from Chandni Chowk and then to some backward area to depict them as poor.
The Delhi School recognize two further quotas for admission which has been recognized as per law. One is EWS (Economically Weaker Section) and other is Management Quota. EWS is specially for poor people who do not have more than Rs 1 lakh per annum of income in the previous financial year and can produce a certificate in support from a Magistrate.
While ‘Management Quota’ basically gives some freedom to school to admit anyone and mostly wards of well known people get admission under this criterion which includes Local MLAs, Head of Police, etc and also in some schools there are touts associated with them, who will charge lakhs of rupees to get you admitted under this criterion, as no one can question the same. Otherwise, Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI) is applicable to Department of Education through which information is sought regarding specific schools.
In the movie HINDI MEDIUM, though it is shown that they move to different localities and try for admission but in reality it is not so easy, therefore parents plan well in advance, 1-2 years ahead of admission dates and go to the extent of taking telephone connections and also fake Voter IDs at the new Address. I, myself go admission of my ward in a Delhi School, therefore, I was highly surprized to see what the other parents already had planned in advance.
This post is being updated, with further evidence but without naming the school as those students still study in that school, though Principal is well aware !