The Delhi High Court informed that those who graduated from Delhi University till last year but have not received their degrees yet can have a breath of relief as the University has decided to provide digital degrees to these students who have passed out through a newly-activated online portal.
The High Court was told by the University that those students who have not received their degrees yet will have to register themselves on the online portal www.digicerti.du.ac.in. They will be required to fill in their details including the name of their college, academic qualification, and after completion of the verification.
The details may be submitted to the e-mail addresses of the Joint Director of DU Computer Center Sanjeev Singh and Dean (Examinations) Prof. Vinay Gupta in case the portal does not work for any reason. Steps regarding the same will be taken within the prescribed time.
The students who have not received their degrees yet had passed out from Maulana Azad Medical College, Lady Hardinge Medical College, and the University College of Medical Sciences in the years of 2018 and 2019.
The court has also said that Delhi University should email the digital degrees of the petitioners by August 13 so that they can apply for their residency programs in the United States and can be eligible to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).
By August 15, the degree certificates will have to be uploaded for processing to the ‘My ECFMG’ mobile application.
A complete collapse of administration in Delhi University was stated by the court. This is because they were unable to come up with methods that were technically advanced to solve this problem during the coronavirus lockdown. Other institutes have provided such important certificates, transcripts, and mark sheets, online.
According to the earlier direction from the Court, a sample digital degree was prepared by the Delhi University officials with the assistance of officials from Digilocker. Digilocker is an initiative by the IT Department of the High Court and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY).
Citizens are provided a shareable space on a public cloud by Digilocker. It makes all the certificates or documents available on the cloud.
The Court also said that if any confusion arises regarding the ECFMG applications of the petitioners using these degrees, these can be addressed through email IDs of DU officials Vinay Gupta or Sanjeev Singh.
The DU officials told the court that the data of all the students who have graduated up till November 2019 is already available with the Delhi University.
The DU authorities have also been asked by the court to look into whether mark sheets and transcripts of students can also be issued digitally.
This was sked of DU to be included in their affidavit which is to be submitted within two weeks. Further hearing of the matter is postponed till September 7.