A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been moved in the Delhi High Court, seeking intervention by the Centre to implement a uniform education system, common syllabus and common curriculum in the mother language, up to Class 12 for all students in consonance with and in furtherance of constitutional goals of socialism, secularism, equality of status, equal opportunity, fraternity, unity and integrity of the nation.
According to the information available, the plea states that the syllabus and curriculum are common for all entrance examinations which includes the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test (BITSAT), National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), Management Aptitude Test (MAT), National Eligibility Test (NET), National Defence Academy (NDA), Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CU-CET), Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), All India Law Entrance Test (AILET), Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET), Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY), National Entrance Screening Test (NEST), Probationary Officer (PO), Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA), National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), All India Entrance Examination for Design (AIEED), National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA), Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) etc.
But, the syllabus and curriculum of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and State Boards are totally different. Thus, students don’t get equal opportunity in the spirit of Articles 14-16, the plea has stated.
The petitioner Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay is a practising lawyer and BJP leader. He has alleged in his petition that the education 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. That is why a uniform education system up to standard 12 has not been implemented yet,’ Upadhyay has stated. he further submitted that the student of a government school is ill-equipped to compete with the student of a private school that provides a British/French (International Baccalaureate) system of education and the gap becomes wider due to Section 1(4) and 1(5) of the Right To Education Act.