Students Say Delhi University Not Providing Digital Degrees; High Court Seeks Data

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has ordered the Delhi University (DU) to not insist on submission of hard copies of applications for degree certificates.

The court statement came after DU did not issue digital degrees to students despite the court’s orders on the matter. High Court Justice Pratibha M Singh also sought data on how many graduates had applied for digital degrees and how many had received it.

Justice Prathiba M Singh said in an order, “There is no permissibility for DU to insist on the physical filing of documents. Accordingly, the verification of the applications, which have been filed online for digital degree certificates, shall be done on the basis of online filing. Insistence on the physical presence of the students or the submission of hard copies would be contrary to the order dated August 7, 2020.”

Earlier, the court had ordered DU to issue digital degree certificates due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Following the court order, DU created a portal as the university was ordered by the court to distribute the digital certificates within a week of registration.

However, a student informed the court in an application that the DU is forcing students on the submission of a hard copy of the online application. And for the submission of a hard copy students have to visit the university amid COVID-19.

Hence, the Delhi High Court has asked DU to reply and also ordered Delhi University Computer Centre’s Joint Director to join the proceedings through video conferencing on September 7.

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