Maneka Gandhi does not want a father's name to be compulsory on degree certificates. The Woman and Child Development Minister in her letter to the HRD Ministry said that it should not be mandatory for students to mentions their father's name on degree certificates, keeping in mind some may be the children of single mothers.
Maneka had made a similar request where passports were concerned. She said that she had been approached by several women, single, separated and divorced who are unable to procure their child's degree as the father's name is mandatory on the forms. She explained that the rules must factor in the sensitivity of the issue.
Earlier she had written to External Affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj in which she highlighted the harassment faced by a single mother. She said that the father's name should not be be mandatory on passports.