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Delhi High Court Seeks Affidavit From DU on Convocation

The Delhi High Court sought an affidavit from the University of Delhi (DU) on the timeline and procedure for holding convocation on an annual basis for its students.


On Friday, 1st January 2021, the Delhi High Court sought an affidavit from the University of Delhi (DU) on the timeline and procedure for holding convocation on an annual basis for its students. This affidavit was demanded in the specific context of Dhritiman Ray vs University of Delhi case.

The single-judge Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh also sought details on the timelines for declaration of results, issuance of digital/paper marksheets and transcripts, issuance of digital/paper degrees, issuance of provisional degrees and transmission of data to Digilocker.

DU shall file a comprehensive affidavit providing the timelines and procedure in respect of the above steps, so that students are not inconvenienced every semester and are not forced to approach the Court for obtaining their transcripts, marksheets, degree certificates, etc., as has happened in the present petitions, which are under consideration by this Court.

– Excerpt from Delhi High Court’s Order

The order was passed in a batch of petitions by former DU students seeking issuance of degrees on an urgent basis. Reportedly, the Delhi High Court has been monitoring the process of issuance of degree certificates to DU students since July 2020 itself. In July 2020, DU Beat had reported about a post graduate student from DU- Dhritiman Ray. Ray was reportedly told by DU that owing to lack of printing paper, he wouldn’t get his degree on time.

The Court had then asked DU to file an affidavit detailing how they intended to streamline the process of issuance of degree certificates. Reportedly, the High Court had remarked that there was no reason as to why DU should not be adopting technically advanced methods for the same. The court sought timelines to facilitate the issuance of degrees and marksheets.

DU then submitted an affidavit stating that as per Executive Council Resolution of 1993, a degree could be “Advance degree before convocation” if a student was leaving the country to pursue higher studies. DU added that all other students could apply for the provisional certificate which could also be given in digital form. It was added that so far, DU had sent data of degree of 27,000 students of 2017 to digiLocker and within a month’s time entire data of 2017 would be transferred to digiLocker followed by 2018 and so on.

Reportedly, the Court opined that the affidavit was not satisfactory as no specific timelines were given for the issuance of digital degree certificates and for transmission of data to digilocker.

The Court stated that the affidavit was quite cryptic and that DU ought to prescribe a timeline to ensure that there was a comprehensive, streamlined procedure for declaration of results, issuance of transcripts, marksheets and degree certificates, etc.

The court, therefore, granted six more weeks to DU to file a fresh affidavit. The matter would be heard next on 17th February 2021.

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