New Delhi: Objections have been raised by many students to the uploading of admit cards on the DU (Delhi University) website. The admit cards of the students contain personal details. The uploading of admit cards on the DU website will flag privacy concerns.
A final year student who will appear for the online open-book exam said that the access to admit cards is so easy that anyone aware of the gateway password and roll number will be able to download it.
They said that the gateway password is the same for all the students.
The Convenor of the Indian National Teachers’ Congress (INTEC), Pankaj Garg, said that he had written to the Vice-Chancellor of the University Yogesh Tyagi. He had flagged the issue of the students.
He said that even an outsider can have access to personal details like phone numbers, e-mail, and the residential address of the students. All this has been mentioned for the first time on the admit cards of the students.
The letter said that there are lakhs of students in the University. All of them come from different socio-economic backgrounds. Because of its easy access, any misuse of the data by any agency can lead to grave consequences. There are girl students present in equal numbers. Therefore, it is required that the administration of the University take note of the breach of privacy and confidentiality.
Some girl students are receiving calls and e-mails from unknown sources. They have complained that this is happening because their number is available in the public domain.
A student of Laxmibai College in the third year said that she had received a call from someone who claimed to be a teacher of the Delhi University. She did not doubt that person as she knew that teachers were continuously protesting the exams. She talked to that person, but the person became abusive. Then she disconnected the call. When she tried calling later, the number was switched off.
A student of Gargi college said that a roll number is a 10-digit number. It has the year of admission, course code, and the college code. This simple combination makes it easy for anyone to access.
Many outside companies have got access to the data, many girls have been getting calls and messages from such companies, said a student of Kirori Mal College.
The University should have made the provision of individual passwords for each student in the University and made them available through WhatsApp, said a student of Rajdhani college.
Dean (Examinations) DU, Vinay Gupta, said that this issue was arising only for the students of law faculty. The reason why the exam roll numbers of students were in the public domain was that the results of the students appear in a gazette. The admit cards for the students of law faculty have been stopped. They will be provided with a one-time password which will provide them access to their admit cards.