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Justice R. C. Chopra (Retd.),
Former Judge, Delhi High Court.
Education from school to college level at Delhi. Degree in Law from Faculty of Law, Delhi University, in the year, 1966.
Selected in the first competitive examination for appointments to Delhi Judicial Service in the year 1971. 
Worked as Judicial Magistrate First Class, Metropolitan Magistrate, Civil Judge, 
Senior Civil Judge and Additional District and Sessions Judge between 1972 to 2000. 
From 1997 to 2000, worked as First Member Secretary, National Legal Services Authority.
Elevated as Judge, Delhi High Court in the year 2000..

Letter to HRD Minister, Shri Kapil Sibal
Respected Minister, Shri Kapil Sibal,
I have been following, through newspaper reports, the steps and schemes initiated by you for introduction of reforms in higher education as well as school education in the country.  The steps which you are taking now ought to have been taken at least 50 years back but to our misfortune the education remained our last priority for so many decades after Independence.  I firmly believe that education alone is the key to solve various problems in any country as the approach, aptitude and disposition of a well educated person and an illiterate are absolutely different.  However, it is better to be late than never.
I compliment you for your vision to bring higher education in our country at par with international level. Partnerships with reputed foreign universities and the establishment of their branches/chapters in our country would make world class education easily available, at lesser price, to our students. It would also make India a hub of education in Asia attracting a large number of students from neighbouring countries.  It would help us not only in terms of money but for developing better international understanding also as the youngsters of today are leaders of tomorrow and have to command important institutions in their respective countries.  It would induce a healthy climate of friendship and harmony with other countries.

Regarding school education the suggestion for admissions at nursery level through draw of lots is laudable.  It would curb various malpractices which are prevalent today.  I would also request you to examine the unnecessary and intolerable academic burden on the young children undergoing primary level education.  It is ruining their health and robbing them of their childhood which would never come back to them again.  At such young age, children need to be given some lessons in language, general knowledge and moral education to make them men of character.  I feel that the curriculum for all the classes and for all the private and Government schools throughout the country should be identical with the sole exception of inclusion of a regional language wherever required. If we do not do so, we are ourselves creating two classes of citizens from the very beginning, one which has received a better quality of education and the other which has received inferior quality of education because of their poverty and financial constraints.  I hope you will address this issue also.

I pray to the Almighty firstly to bless you and keep you going the way you are moving and secondly to give our country more leaders like you.

With profound regards,
Yours sincerely,
Justice R.C. Chopra (Retd.)
December 6, 2010

Shri Kapil Sibal
Minister for Human Resource Development
Government of India
Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi-110001.
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