The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi University (DU) to supply a timeline for declaration of results, issuance of mark sheets and holding convocation on an annual basis for students.
The high court said DU shall dossier a comprehensive affidavit providing the timeline and procedure regarding these issues in order that students don’t seem to be inconvenienced each and every semester and don’t seem to be forced to approach the court for obtaining their transcripts, mark sheets and degree certificates, as used to be done in this matter.
“This court is of the opinion that so as to ensure that there’s a comprehensive, streamlined procedure for declaration of results, issuance of transcripts, mark sheets and degree certificates, etc. DU ought to have a prescribed timeline… ,” Justice M Prathiba Singh said.
The high court said the earlier affidavit filed by the university used to be not passable as no particular timelines have been provided for the issuance of digital degree certificates and for transmission of data to Digilocker and the affidavit used to be “relatively cryptic”.
The court used to be hearing a batch of petitions by doctors, former DU students, seeking direction for issuance of degree certificates on an pressing basis to enable them to pursue higher education.
It asked the university to supply a timeline for declaration of results after conclusion of the final exam in a specific semester for under-graduate and post-graduate courses, for issuance of mark sheets/ transcripts or making them to be had online after the results.
The high court further asked it to give you the timeline for issuance of digital transcripts for such students who may require the same for further education or for employment and for transmission of data in relation to mark sheets/ transcripts to Digilocker after the same has been announced by DU.
“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,” it said.
The high court asked the university to dossier the affidavit inside six weeks and listed the matter for further hearing on February 17.
Earlier, the high court had directed the DU to issue inside seven working days digital degree certificates to students who have already graduated and urgently require the document for taking admission in a foreign university or for employment.
It had passed the order on a bunch of petitions, putting in place a proper procedure for issuance of degree certificates through an online mechanism to be sure that delay in printing of degree certificates does not transform an obstacle to students who need it and to dispense with the need for physical presence of students at the university all the way through the COVID-19 pandemic.