Recently, the High Court of Delhi heard petitions from former DU students who wanted an urgent issuance of their degrees to pursue higher education. Subsequently, the Court has asked the University to provide a timeline for the declaration of under-graduate and post-graduate course results.
The Court demanded a streamlined procedure by asking for a “..timeline for issuance of provisional degree certificates or advance degree certificates after declaration of results, timeline for holding the convocation on an annual basis, timeline for issuance of actual degrees both in digital form and paper degrees and for transmission of the digital degrees/ paper degrees to Digilocker.”
Justice Prathiba M. Singh, a sitting judge in the Delhi High court, said, “This court is of the opinion that in order to ensure that there is a comprehensive, streamlined procedure for declaration of results, issuance of transcripts, mark sheets and degree certificates, etc. DU ought to have a prescribed timeline… .”
The University of Delhi had previously filed an affidavit that was dismissed by the court for being ‘quite cryptic’ and lacking proper timelines for the issuance of online degree certificates. For now, DU has to file an affidavit by the next six weeks. The upcoming hearing will take place on 17 February 2021.
Last year, the Delhi High Court had questioned the University for its lack of technically advanced methods when it had failed to provide Degree Certificates on account of lack of printing facilities. The Court remarked that this incidence was ‘derisory and inexcusable’.
The Court has demanded the University to establish an annual streamlined procedure for holding convocations, issuance of mark sheets and degrees so that it can independently function on its own without repeated judicial interventions.
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