The Delhi High Court today sought the Centre and Delhi Government's stand on a plea seeking implementation of a uniform education system, which would entail having a common syllabus and curriculum in the mother tongue for students up to class 12.

A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla also sought response from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) while issuing notice on the petition by lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhayay.

The counter affidavit should reflect the policy that the respondent has adopted and proposes to adopt in light of the decision of the Supreme Court (on common syllabus), said the Bench.

The petitioner has claimed that different syllabus and curriculum by CBSE, ISCE and state boards is contrary to Articles 14, 15, 16, 21, 21A of the Constitution and that Right to Education implies the Right to Equal Education.

Syllabus & curriculum is common for all entrance examinations viz. JEE, BITSAT, NEET, MAT, NET, NDA, CU-CET, CLAT, AILET, SET, KVPY, NEST, PO, SCRA, NIFT, AIEED, NATA, CEPT etc. But syllabus and curriculum of CBSE, ICSE and State Board is totally different. Thus, students don't get equal opportunity in spirit of Articles 14-16, the petition has said.

The plea submitted that a common syllabus and curriculum in mother tongue will not only achieve the code of a common culture, remove disparity and discriminatory values but also enhance virtues and improve quality of life, elevate thoughts which advance the constitutional goal of equal society.

The petitioner has, however, alleged, that School mafias don't want 'One Nation-One Education Board', coaching mafias don't want 'One Nation-One Syllabus' and book mafias don't want NCERT books in all schools.

Common syllabus and curriculum is essential for all as the rights of children should not be restricted to only free and compulsory education, but must be extended to equal and quality education without discrimination on social-economic background, the petitioner has said.

"Many countries have implemented uniform education. In India too, not only syllabus-curriculum, even the school dress is common in all Kendriya Vidyalayas & Navodaya Schools. It is impossible to fathom an objection from any quarter to uniform education", the PIL says.

The matter would be heard next on August 30.

With PTI inputs