The Delhi High Court has asked the University of Delhi to submit an affidavit stating the procedure and timeline for conducting the convocation on an annual basis for its students.
A single-judge bench comprising of justice Pratibha M Singh also asked for details on the date for declaration of results, issuance of provisional degrees and transfer of data to Digilocker, issuance of paper/digital degrees, issuance of paper/digital mark sheets and transcripts.
The statement issued by the court said that Delhi University should submit an affidavit providing the procedure and timeline for the above so that students would not have to face difficulties every semester and knock on the door of court for obtaining their mark sheets and degrees.
The order was passed in response to a bunch of petitions filed by Delhi University students seeking issuance of mark sheets on an urgent basis.
The Delhi High Court has been surveying the procedure for issuance of degrees to Delhi University students since July 2020 when the University stated lack of printing facility is causing a delay in issuance of certificates.
Calling it indefensible and derisory, the High Court asked DU to submit an affidavit stating the procedure to facilitate the issuance of degree certificates.
The court had thereafter opined that there is no acceptable reason why Delhi University should not adopt the digital methods for issuing digital certificates. The court further asked DU to come up with a deadline to facilitate the issuance of make sheets and degrees.
The University then submitted an affidavit asserting if a student is leaving the country to pursue higher education then as per the executive council resolution, 1993, a degree could be an advanced degree before convocation.
Varsity further asserted that other students could apply for the issuance of the provisional certificate which could be offered in digital form.
It was added that so far Delhi University has released the data of degrees of over 27,000 students of the batch of 2017 and the degrees of these students will be transferred to Digilocker within a month followed by the batch of 2018 and so on.
Delhi HC however stated that the affidavit filed by DU was not adequate as the University did not mention any specific timeline for transmission of data to Digi locker and issuance of digital degree certificates.
The court added that the affidavit is a bit obscure as it opened that the University ought to prescribe a timeline to assure that there is a streamlined and comprehensive process for issuance of certificates and declaration of results.
The Delhi High Court has further granted six more months to DU to submit a fresh affidavit. The next hearing is set to be held on 17th February.