Delhi High Court issues notice in PIL challenging difference in syllabus of CBSE, ICSE, State Board and other curriculums

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A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Hon'ble Mr. Vipin Sanghi J. and Hon'ble Mr. Navin Chawla J., have issued notice in PIL challenging the difference curriculums of CBSE, ICSE and State Board.

The Petitioner, Ashwini Upadhyay has contended that the difference in the said curriculum was depriving students of equal opportunities to education in the spirit of Article 14-16.

The Petitioner while contending that the “right to education” also implied the "right to equal education", suggested that a uniform curriculum across various boards of education could be implemented by a "National Education Council", which would have functions mutatis mutandis to that of the GST Council.  

The Petitioner further contended that the “bitter truth is that School Mafias dont want One Nation-One Education Board” and that “Coaching Mafias” and “Book Mafias” are also opposed to “One Nation-One Syllabus”. The Petitioner attributed the lack of a common education system upto the 12th standard to the said coaching and book mafias who have not only divided society among categories of EWS, BPL, MIG, HIG and elite class but also against the values of “socialism, secularism, fraternity and unity of the nation” as enshrined in the constitution.

Notice has been accepted on behalf of the Union of India and the matter has been listed on August 30th, 2022.

CAUSE TITLE:- Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay v Union of India (WP(c) 6901/2022)