Delhi HC directs DU to issue digital degrees inside 7 working days to students with pressing need – education

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The Delhi High Court Monday directed the Delhi University 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.

“Getting a degree is an event for a student but it has truly transform a torture,” Justice Prathiba M Singh said.

The high court used to be unhappy that despite its earlier order, the varsity used to be not issuing digital degrees to pass out students and used to be demanding physical copy of proofs attached in the email requesting issuance of the document.

The pass judgement on also observed that there used to be lack of coordination between the Delhi University and its lawyers who were not being provided proper directions by the varsity.

Justice Singh directed the university to place before it one after the other, the timeline by when digital degrees will be issued on pressing and non-urgent requests.

The high court said the students who have already made pressing requests for a digital degree on DU’s website, shall again send an email to the varsity and attach any document stating the urgency, including admission in foreign university or employment purpose.

“For such students, digital degree certificates be issued inside seven working days. Requirement for physical copy of the documents be removed with instant effect,” Justice Singh said. The high court used to be informed that till now 30,000 students have provided requests on the varsity’s portal for digital degree certificates.

It famous that earlier it used to be informed by the Dean (Examinations) Professor Vinay Gupta and Joint Director of Delhi University Computer Centre (DUCC) Dr Sanjeev Singh, that the entire data of students up till November 2019 used to be to be had with the varsity.

Then again, on Monday, it used to be informed that the university only has data of students till 2017.

“This can be a totally messed up situation. There is not any data of 2018 and 2019,” the high court remarked.

Earlier on August 7, the high court had passed an order on a bunch of petitions, putting in place a proper procedure for issuance of degree certificates through an online mechanism to make certain that delay in printing of degree certificates does not transform an obstacle to students who need it.

It had then recorded satisfaction in respect of the digital certificate that used to be filed by DU and famous that a web platform www.digicerti.du.ac.in used to be also created for enabling students to apply for issuance of such certificates.

It had directed that DU shall make certain that students’ digital degree certificates are issued inside a period of one week from registration.

Then again, on September 2, the high court used to be informed by last year law student Shubham Kumar Jain that he had graduated from Shri Ram College of Business, DU in 2017 and used to be seeking a digital degree for the bachelors class lesson which has still not been issued.

He submitted that despite the online submission of the application for issuance of digital degree certificate and completion of all formalities, the university used to be insisting on physical submission of a tough copy of the application.

He said he has applied for the digital degree on August 14, but it has not been issued.

On Monday, the court used to be informed that data of 28,000 students which constitute half of the students who graduated in 2017 have been uploaded on ‘DigiLocker’, an initiative by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY).

Then again, to access it, students’ date of birth is required and DU is yet to obtain it from respective colleges, the court famous.

A DU official told the court that he had a assembly with the principals of the entire colleges and they’ll give the data of students of 2018 and 2019 batches in next 4 and 10 days respectively.

When DU’s counsel said it used to be not conceivable to issue digital degrees to the entire students in one stretch and for now, they are able to do it for the pressing ones, the court remarked “This happens when you don’t issue degrees to students on time every year.” The high court listed the matter for further hearing on September 11, before which the varsity has to place on record an affidavit.

It also asked the three DU officials, who were there in the hearing, to be present on the next date at the side of Dean (Examinations).

Advocate Sarthak Maggon, representing petitioner Dhritiman Ray on whose plea the earlier order on issuance of digital degree used to be passed, said he has received his digital degree certificate on September 3.

He said he has received calls from around 80 students who have applied for digital degrees but have not received it.

The high court had earlier said the purpose of directing issuance of the certificates digitally and through an online mechanism used to be to dispense with the need for physical presence of students at the university right through the COVID-19 pandemic and also to streamline the process for students who don’t seem to be in Delhi and need the document either for employment or for further educational purposes.

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