Nine-year-old wonderkid to take Class 10 exams
A division bench of the Delhi high court allowed nine-year-old
Tathagat Avtar Tulsi to sit for the all India Class Ten examinations
starting on March 3.
The bench, consisting of Chief Justice M J Rao and Justice Manmohan
Sarin, heard counsel for both Tathagat and the Central Board of
Secondary Education before observing that it was not inclined
to interfere with the single judge order allowing the boy to take
the Class Ten exams.
But they directed the board to declare his results only after
taking the court's leave. The judges observed on February 26 that
since the CBSE had allowed Tathagat to take the science practical
exams, he should be permitted to sit for the written exam as well.
They also perused the marked sheets of the practical exam taken
by Tathagat on February 10 as part of the board exams.
On Tuesday, the bench directed the CBSE counsel to submit Tathagat's
practical exam answer sheets to the court in sealed covers. This
was after the CBSE counsel, who was appealing against the single
judge's order, questioned Tathagat's ability to do practicals
and appear for subjects other than the ones which were part of
his regular school curriculum. Tathagat is presently a Class
Seven student at the Jindal public school, Delhi.
Senior counsel Mukul Rohtagi, who appeared for Tathagat, pleaded
that the boy was of ''proven brilliance'' in mathematics and was
''extra-intelligent'' for his age. In view of his ''supermental''
abilities, which included the ''discovery'' of the smallest atomic
particle which he calls the ''tulitron'' and an ability to ''predict''
earthquakes and decode the value of pi, Tathagat had been promoted
by his previous school to Class Six immediately after he completed
his Class Three studies in Bihar.
However, the boy's request to the CBSE to let him appear for the
Class Ten exams this year was turned down on the ground that he
should first complete his education from Class Eight to Nine.
Pleading before the judges to make an exception in view of Tathagat's
brilliance, Rohtagi said exceptional talent should not be smothered
under rules meant for normal people.
Counsel Arvind Nigam, who appeared for the Delhi administration,
told the bench that the government supported the boy's application.
Rohtagi added that there were no rules barring Tathagat from appearing
for the Class Ten exams. He disputed the CBSE counsel's plea that
allowing Tathagat to take the exams would set a precedent and
open the floodgates for such applications.
Claiming that the boy would be entitled for an entry into the
Guinness Book of World Records if he was allowed to take the exams,
Rohtagi said the country should promote such child prodigies.