DAV, CBSE School Pune

By Madhurie Singh, November 25, 2013

This was posted as a comment but deserves to be a post.

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I really appreciate Kavyani Pillai’s effort to take out time to write her views about DAV school.

Kavyani Pillai

This is a review of the admission process and the problems about it.DAV is a CBSE school and the only one whose fees are the most reasonable. I have heard mixed reviews about the quality of education – when you have 60-70 students in one class, you cannot expect quality. It is like the old schools which we all attended.Unfortunately since the last two years in a row the admission process has become very tough ( primary reason being less fees ) because of high demand and limited seats that the school offers. This strategy of offering less seats has led to corruption in the admission process wherein the desperate parents are even ready to shell out 50-60 K rupees to get the admission done through “agents”.The school has almost 8-9 divisions for each class. Yet the school chooses to open only 100 seats for nursery admissions.Out of these 100 first preference is given to siblings and DAVians who have transferred from other states/schools. Getting a application form equals guranteed admission. Hence 100 forms only – not a form more is given. Forms are given to siblings/DAVians on the first day and if some forms are available, then other people get it on the second day. Last year there were 117 people for siblings/DAVians category and none of the outsiders got a form. But I still know of people who have managed to get admissions through influence/money or a combination of both.

I fail to understand how a school which has 7-8 divisions for each class from 1st to 10th standard can give out only 100 forms. I asked the admission office people how is this possible. Considering you have around 60 students in one class, there should be at least 360-450 seats – even if I consider less divisions.

And the answer I got was this:

We have only 150 seats for nursery. Out of that we have to keep aside 25% for the RTE category. So you are left with 113 seats for others. Out of those 113 we prefer siblings/DAVians and then if there are any we offer it to others. What about the other 300 odd seats – we have to keep seats for teachers’s kids and then management seats, political influences, etc etc. Also I got the friendly advice that if you do not fall into sibling/DAVian category, then there is absolutely no chance and trying here is useless. Try for Junior KG as we have more seats on offer.

On top of that, an unofficial process is being followed by so called “parents” since the last two years. I suspect it is the school which has started this outside the school gates. The day the admission dates are declared three or four sets of registers surface – started by three parents belonging to the particular class

1) Fresh Admisisons – Nursery
2) Fresh Admisisons – Junior KG
3) Siblings/Davians – Nursery
4) Siblings/Davians – Junior JG

You have to register your name and you get a number on first come first register basis.Then comes the best part. 4 or 5 times of a day are decided and you have to go there at that time and sign on the register as a form of attendance.If you miss even one time then your number goes down. This continues till the time the day the forms are given. If you are within 100 you have a chance. If you are in the sibling category then you have the best chance as the forms are given the first day. Your luck if you are an outsider and there are some forms left out of those coveted 100.

Now who are these people who start the registers ? / Why cant the school stop this practice ? / What authority these so called groups have to deny others admissions ? / Why only 100 forms? What about the remaining seats ?

These are some questions which nobody is willing to answer. Everyone knows at the back of their minds what is going on and some even know how to get around this by contacting the right people and not playing this register game everyday.

I wonder where is the school heading and will the school be able to maintain any quality at all ?

A school where corruption starts just at the onset of a child’s career – who still has a long way to go and learn the lessons of life to be a better human being – is not I would aspire for.

So for all those who still want to attempt – there was a notice put up recently that the admission notice will be put up on 20 Nov 2013 – and the registers started… 😉

Immediately the next day the notice was removed and when asked they said that perhaps the notice will be put up in the first week of Dec as the Principal is on leave. I bet the Principal has resigned due to the malpractices that are happening as no Pricipal would go on leave during admission time… 🙂

Dear Madhurie, My name is Usha utekar, i am planning for admission in NUrsery for my 3 year old SON. Please advise me good CBSE board school near by Wakad. Waiting for your information. Regards, Usha

Hi Usha pls fill the Enquiry form

I would like to know admission for Grade 6 and 9


Good information. Recently we shifted to Pune & interested in DAV school.

All is business, whether it is a school or anything else. People start these institutions on false pretext of serving community with their so called vision statements but ulterior motive is to make profit whether anyone likes it or not. But one of the primary reason for this is the demand, there are people ready to pay for seats so they are ready rake in profits. No matter how much we educate people, we are living in a community where most of the people are trying to out-rich or outsmart others. So they will be looking for places where they can do it and schools are a good place to do it as you can boast about the school and I have really seen this where parents boast about the school and fees they are paying but do not have faintest idea, on the quality of education the school is providing or the impact of the education on his/her child. My question is to these people do you really think spending huge amounts of money on primary or secondary education is really yielding benefits which they can list apart from satisfying their false EGO. BTW cutting the story short, no matter how much we complain, feel bad about it, it is not going to stop, so it is better to ignore such places if you think you cant accept their way of working and find a place which is clean and really interested in serving community ... This saves a lot of stress :) Take care..

Nitin, I couldn't agree more on this. Including your suggestions.:) TC

True Dinesh. I teach my kids the meaning and reasons of corruptions. That way they know why someone is easier to be corrupted and why its not at all good to bribe anyone. That way at least their future 2 families and generations will stay un-corrupted. That is my way to freeing the country from corruption. I guess if each one of us teaches our kids to be non corruptible, the future is bright!

Dear Yamini, I think each city schools have their own reputation and internal politics! The dynamics are varying between teachers and principals in different cities. But ideally a timely rotation keeps the waters healthy too. I am aware of Gurgaon DAV too to be very good in comparison to the DPS Gurgaon. So I will not be able to comment about Chennai DAV at this point. I will be doing reviews for other cities too very soon. Trying to search for good reviewers who can remain unbiased and ethically strong to review schools.

Would love to know your views on this Madhurie. The DAV in Chennai is among the top schools there, and at least 10 years ago used to have several good practices and quality education. Not sure about the present though.

The admission process is pathetic!! Its always better not to opt for such schools.

as i have been saying from time & agin that todys chool have become corruption house. it is the place where corruption starts and the kid learns corruption heree so how u can free corruption from this country

Seema I have not verified these information yet

Sadly, Education is the most profitable business in INDIA! and this review puts it up very clearly

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