New Delhi, India: To ensure fair and transparent admission procedure, schools in Delhi, India, are using Google Maps. According to the guidelines issued by the Directorate of Education (DOE), children living within one kilometre of the school will get first preference in admission under the economically weaker section (EWS) category.
If some seats are lying vacant, students residing within three km of the school will be eligible for admission. The next limit extends to six km and then beyond it, depending on the availability of seats.
To ascertain the distance, few Indian schools have decided to take help of the freely available technology — Google Map and Google Earth.
In an interview to an Indian news agency, the principal of one such school stated, “We wanted to be fair in our process of selection. So we employed all the options available to us, including the Google Map”.
“It’s the most transparent way to ascertain the distance between the school and the residence of a child. We have also adopted other methods including taking a declaration from the parents over their claims of the distance,” the principal further added.