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CBSE Chairman summoned on orphans' idenitity issue

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today summoned Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) chairman Ashok Ganguly to appear before it in-person on December 19 to explain the reasons for non-inclusion of the column of 'guardian' in the forms filled up for the board examination by the orphans.

A division bench of Chief Justice M K Sharma and Justice Hima Kohli asked the CBSE Chairman to be present in the court to explain the reasons for the delay in replying to the notice served on him earlier.

Counsel Arvind Gupta appearing for Udayan Care, an orphanage, filed a PIL petition seeking direction to the authorities to include the column of guardian in the forms for the orphans, who did not know about their parantage.

The High Court had earlier served notice on National Institute of Open Schooling, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination(CISCE), Union Human Resource Development Ministry and Delhi Government.

The Udayan Care has about 97 children, whose parantage was unknown, studying in various schools inlcuding Sanskriti School, DPS School etc.

Most of the children, who were adopted by the Udayan Care, are in a piquent situation while filing up the Board examination forms.

While citing the case of a girl child, the petition said she mentioned Kiran Modi, the 'Mentor Mother' as her mother and her husband Subodh Modi as father while filing up a form.

''This kind of precarious situation raises serious legal implications for the child as well as mentor mother as secondary school passing certifiacste is a vital document which is accepted throughout the country for identity,'' said the petition.

The situation has led to a peculiar circumstances for the voluntary agencies or non-governmental organisations(NGO) who bring up orphans by adopting them for better living and education, said Mr Gupta.

Udayan Care is an orphanage set up by Dr Kiran Modi, former Chief Election Commissioner T N Seshan, Shiv Kumar Sareen and other eminent personalities.

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