Delhi University’s Miranda House Administration Makes Students Write Apology Letters For Keeping Original Documents

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Several students of Miranda House have complained that the administration is making them write “apology letters” for not returning the documents. The students, all from third year, had earlier withdrawn their original documents for some or the other work purposes.

It is noteworthy that the college violates UGC’s notification (October 2008) about non-retention of original certificates by keeping them for three years, till the student graduates.

No explanation, bizarre rules

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One final year B.Sc. student tells about the administration’s policy of making arbitrary rules because they are unfamiliar with the provisions themselves. “The dealing assistant threw away my clearance form and told me to get lost. On inquiring about the procedure, he simply told me to come after a week because he won’t let things happen smoothly for someone who didn’t return the documents in time”, says the final year student.

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While the others did not experience this sort of humiliation, they were all made to write apology letters for keeping their mark-sheet with themselves. “I was asked to categorically highlight why I did not submit them back and that I apologize for such a misconduct. I felt like a criminal!” , tells a final year History student.

UGC recommends punitive actions

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According to the notification issued by the University Grants Commission, “No HEI shall insist upon a student to submit original academic and personal certificates, like, marksheets, school leaving certificates and other such documents, at the time of submitting admission form, but the submission of self attested copies thereof shall be mandatory” (4.2.1)

Section 5 of the notification also specifically mentions that if any institution fails to comply with these provisions, it shall be subjected to punitive actions taken by the UGC.

Miranda House, however, still continues to retain the original certificates of students at the time of admissions. It also enforces bizarre rules like making students apologize for something that isn’t wrong.

This, however, isn’t the first time the Miranda administration is in news. The college in the past asked girls to “not hang their clothes to dry in the corridors behind their rooms” and also to “dress and behave appropriately” during NAAC visits to the college.

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Smriti Mishra
Struggling through her final year at Miranda House, Smriti has a keen interest in events happening around her. Unapologetically nerdy and emotionally reserved, you'd often find her sondering across streets of North Campus.

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