Change student’s name, insisting on same in CBSE records ‘impossible’: HC to DU – education
On Friday, the Delhi High Court ordered the University of Delhi to change the name of one of its students without insisting on a change in its CBSE records, saying such a requirement amounted to “asking the impossible.”
Judge Jayant Nath said the student passed out from class 12 in 2018 and was seeking a name change in 2019 while a DU student and therefore asking him to change CBSE records first was “a requirement outside of place and cannot be accepted. “
The direction and the remarks came from the plea of Hindu College student Rayaan Singh, who sought to change his name to Rayaan Chawla in his DU records.
He challenged the 2015 DU notice requiring that for name change in varsity records, the change must first be made on the certificate issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
The student wanted to change his surname to adopt that of his mother since, according to his allegation, his parents separated in 2007 and divorced in 2015 and throughout his life “he never enjoyed any form of constructive relationship” with his father.
He had already published a statement about the name change in two newspapers and in the Indian Gazette. DU objected to the statement claiming he had enough time to change his name to Rayaan Chawla after his parents divorced in 2015 when he fainted from class 12 alone in 2018.
However, the court disagreed with DU and said: “When CBSE issued the documents, the petitioner had the original name ‘Rayaan Singh’. The same cannot be changed now that in 2018, when the petitioner completed his class 12, he was known as ‘Rayaan Singh’.
“The law would not oblige the petitioner to do the impossible. The insistence of Respondent No. 1 (DU) that the name be changed first in the CBSE records is an inappropriate requirement and cannot be accepted. “Judge Nath further said that, in his opinion, given that the change in name takes effect from August / September 2019, that is, long after the class 10 and 12 certificates issued by CBSE, DU cannot, in these peculiar facts and circumstances, insist that the student also changed his name in CBSE / records on Class 10 and 12 certificates. “It is ordered accordingly,” the court said, adding that to avoid confusion between the names on the CBSE and DU certificates, the varsity team may display the student’s name as – ‘alias of name changed / old name of nee’.
“It would be appropriate for Respondent No.1 / University of Delhi to be able to change the name of the petitioner in their records / to the extent that it may be granted to the petitioner in the future as indicated above.
He added: “Such a course of action would avoid any confusion in the two names, which would be seen in the CBSE and Delhi University records / appropriate documents issued by those entities.
“In the facts and circumstances, it is accordingly ordered that Respondent No. 1 / Delhi University may change the name of the petitioner in its records accordingly, as stated above.”