THE MOTHER’S name will finally feature on her child’s education documents nearly 10 years after women’s organisations first raised the issue in Delhi. As of now, only the father’s name is mentioned on these documents.
All Central Government-run educational institutions, barring technical education institutions under the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), will now seek the mother’s details on admission forms and list her name in a separate column on certificates and degrees. “AICTE is taking time because it has a wide network of over 15,000 institutes,” an official in the HRD ministry explained.
Several Delhi schools and universities, including Delhi University, had already passed a resolution seeking that the mother’s name be mentioned on all official documents and letters. Last year, the Delhi Cabinet approved the proposal to include her name even on land records.
Officials in the Ministry of Women and Child Development, which initiated the move after K Rama Mohan Rao raised the issue in Parliament last year, said these directions have been issued to several Central Government ministries as well. However, among states, only Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Assam have issued the orders. “We expect all states to follow suit within a year,” said an official.
“This was long overdue,” said Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhary, adding, “This is a mother’s basic right which was being denied to her.”