The University Grants Commission (UGC) has mandated its directive regarding inclusion of Mother’s name in all the application forms/Degrees Certificates issued by Universities and Colleges.
The commission has come up with this move to help children of unwed, divorced and separated mothers at the time of filling application forms and other documents. This will help them to avoid the embarrassment caused by the column 'Father's Name'.
In a letter to the vice-chancellors of all the recognized universities across India, the financial adviser of UGC, Upamanyu Basu, has stated that universities and affiliated colleges should clearly mention the student's surname, name, father's name and mother's name on all academic testimonials in a prescribed format.
Back in 1998, the UGC had issued a similar directive following a debate over inclusion of mother's name in all academic testimonials of students.
The argument raised in favour of this directive was that it is the mother who gives birth to the child as well as participates in his/her development, and therefore, she should not be subjected to such discrimination. It was argued that asking for father's name only, was against the spirit of women's empowerment.