The Delhi University convocation is the same with mortarboards, gowns, and speeches, but the degrees have disappeared from the convocation. As the Delhi University has failed to appoint a printing contractor, DU graduates are stuck in a paperless limbo since 2017.
In July this year, this fact came to light when the Delhi High Court was moved by some graduates for their delayed degrees. The Delhi High Court had directed the authorities of the university to confer digital degree certificates to the students.
A portal has finally been set up two months later to accept applications for degrees.
The previous contract had been canceled since the audit showed that the Delhi University degrees were being printed by the same party for years, sources said.
Officiating Dean (Examination), Prof. D S Rawat said that the contract of the old printing company was canceled due to some mistakes made by them. The University could not finalize the tender document after that. The university has invited tenders from Printers on March 11, June 8, and July 18 of this year, but interest has been shown by very few.
The principal of Ramanujan College, S P Aggarwal, said that it is true that earlier, the degrees used to be sent to the colleges. But suddenly the process was stopped, and they do not know the reason behind it.
A senior University official directed the examination department to resume sending degrees when this issue was raised by the colleges, but nothing has changed. The burden of compliance has now fallen on the shoulder of the colleges because, in order to issue digital certificates, the colleges have been asked to provide details of all graduates since 2017. Photographs are also needed for the 2019 batch.
Advocate for the students, Sarthak Maggon, said that they have been getting several calls from graduates and they have made a list of names to present before the court on Friday. The court has already been informed by the Delhi University that 30,000 applications for digital degrees have been received by it yet but only 23 have been issued to the petitioners in the case.
In these years, those students who need their degrees urgently to apply to other universities have suffered the most.
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