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Delhi as an Education Hub

Without a doubt, Delhi schools have been acknowledged and appreciated for their remarkable growth & developments in recent years. In our nation, Delhi schools are renowned for their facilities and infrastructure and these two factors have contributed a lot towards making the schools in the city popular nationwide. Thus, when it comes to choose only the best for their children, parents don’t give it a second thought before heading the capital of India.

Delhi has been witnessing multitude of choices for different curriculum and methodologies in preschool education but at the same time regular schools have spoilt parents with choices from Delhi board schools to traditional CBSE and ICSE board to recent addition of international boards of different kind.

 Post Independence, National Policy on Education, District Primary Education Program, Program of Action, and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan played vital role in setting up schools in almost every district of Delhi and making it a hub where students from almost every corner and region of the country dwell up in the hope of achieving what they have aspired for.

Delhi’s Literacy Scenario

Delhi is all set to become your choice of spot if you are highly concerned about your child’s future education. As per the surveys conducted of late, Delhi’s literacy rate was found to be higher than the national average. Delhi has showed a remarkable progress in improvising its literacy rate with the course of time. For a quality education, many out there keep  an eye on East Delhi as this district has been marked for its highest literacy rate. Keeping education at par with other sectors, the Government of Delhi invests 10% of its expenses on education. According to statistics, the ‘per capita expenditure on education in the state capital’ is remarkably higher than that at the national level.

Apex Bodies of Education in Delhi

Educational affairs in Delhi are handled and scrutinized by the Education Department of Government of Delhi. The Ministry of Human Resource and Development and the National Council of Educational Research and Training are the two major bodies pro-actively engaged into the compilation of educational statistics in Delhi. However, these two bodies find it daunting to release exact number of schools in Delhi. Of late, a reason behind this inefficiency to produce accurate figures came to our notice; lack of synchronization had been witnessed between the Planning Department and the Directorate of Education.

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Board Affiliations in Delhi

Schools in Delhi are categorized on the basis of their board affiliations, namely, the Central Board of Secondary Education, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, and the National Institute of Open Schooling. The current literacy rate of Delhi is 86.34%. As per the statistical report of Delhi Government, there are total 5798 schools in Delhi.

Level of School System

The Directorate of Education managed to categorize its educational facilities in various stages, namely:

Pre-primary – Nursey to Sr Kindergarten

Primary    Grade 1-5

Upper-primary Grade 6-8

Secondary – Grade 9 & 10

 Senior Secondary – Grade 11 & 12

Classification of schools based on management

Schools in Delhi are also classified on the basis of management:

Government run schools

 Local body- MCD-aided schools and NDMC-aided schools

Private aided- Partly funded by government to meet their expenses

Private unaided - Privately unaided schools in Delhi are administered by some registered societies and trusts.

Government Run Schools

Education at pre-primary and primary levels is the responsibility of three local bodies, namely, Delhi Cantonment Board, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), and the Municipal Corpora (MCD).

Cantonment Board Schools

The cantonment board schools are located in south west, Delhi. In order to provide children of Cantonment access to schools and high-end quality of education the foundation of DCB was laid. Cantonment Board is committed to invest its 10% of total expenses on education. All of the below-mentioned DCB schools follow CBSE curriculum. Cantonment Board is also responsible for offering free education, mid-day meal, shoes, books, and uniform.
It is striving to provide quality education free of cost to most children. Currently, there are eight schools in Delhi which are administered by Delhi Cantonment Board.

Cantonment Board School, Sadar Bazaar

Cantonment Board School, Old Nagal

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam School, DID Lines

Cantonment Board School, Jharera

Cantonment Board School, Mehram Nagar

Cantonment Board School, Uri Enclave

Silver Oak Model School

KRIPA (Schools for Special Children)

MCD Schools in Delhi

 There are 1819 MCD schools located in the 12 zones within Delhi. To provide education to children schools are running in morning and night shift as well.

MCD Schools Zone List


Name of Zone

No. of Schools


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NDMC Schools in Delhi

As per the recommendations of NDMC Act 1994, Sec. 12, New Delhi Municipal Council is bound to offer education to children belonging to age group of 6 to 11. There are 8 Secondary Schools, 13 Senior Secondary Schools, 14 Primary Schools, 4 Nursery Schools, and 1 Mid-Day Boarding School running under NDMC. Besides, NDMC , 3 Recognised aided schools, 3 Recognised Un-aided schools  and  11 Senior Secondary Navyug Schools under the aegis of Navyug School Education Society.

Composite Schools in Delhi

Of late, the Directorate of Education has also laid the foundation of a new concept called ‘composite schools’ which are termed as ‘Sarvodaya Vidyalayas’. There are 443 Sarvodaya Vidyalayas in Delhi having classes from I to XII. There are also number of registered societies and trusts in Delhi which are responsible for running recognized unaided schools.

JNVs and KVs in Delhi

The Ministry of Human Resource and Development manages and operates another cluster of schools, i.e., the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas and the Kendriya Vidyalayas. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas were set up under the National Policy on Education, 1986 to provide a platform to rural talent. Such schools advocate the concept of free education and provide it to the skillful students from class 6 to 12. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas run under the CBSE board affiliation. Kendriya Vidyalayas are administered by the Government of India. The foundation of Kendriya Vidyalayas was laid in 1963-64 under the aegis of Second Central Pay Commission. The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, formulated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, is responsible for running this category of school. There are 44 Kendriya Vidyalayas in totality running in Delhi. These schools impart education at three levels, namely, primary, secondary, and senior secondary.

Mid-Day Meal Scheme

Delhi’s government schools are also amongst preferred choices for their Mid-day Meal Program with effect of which students are supplied with cooked food and it is made sure that they are getting at 8 to 12 gms. of protein and at least 300 calories a day.

Moving towards Techno Savvy Management

As myriads of domains and sectors are driven and empowered by Internet in today’s time, more and more schools in Delhi are resorting to adopt Management Information System in various areas. The technology is coming handy in - student enrolment, recruitment and transfer of teaching as well as non-teaching staff, financial budget control, employees attendance records, school infrastructure, and personal information system.

So far, we have given an overview of the government run schools and their types. The part two will take you to the tour of private schools in Delhi.


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