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The order passed by the Court noted that presently, students can obtain transcripts by making a physical application.
Following the establishment of facility to provide digital degrees to students, the Delhi High Court has asked Delhi University to create an online mechanism for issuance of marksheets/transcripts. (Dhritiman Ray vs University of Delhi)
An affidavit on this aspect has been sought by a Single Judge Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh.
The Court was hearing petitions by former DU students seeking issuance of degrees on an urgent basis.
The Court noted that presently, students can obtain transcripts by making a physical application. Thereafter, the transcript is given physically to the students or by postal service.
Considering the lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic, physical applications for transcripts and their physical issuance ought to be done away with, the Court opined.
In its order passed on Friday, the Court also considered at length the status of issuance of digital degrees by Delhi University.
"The process of issuance of digital degree certificates for the students who have graduated from the University of Delhi has rather been an uphill task.", the Court said.
It noted that although more than 30,000 students applied on the online portal to obtain digital degree certificates, the same were not issued for various reasons.
One of the reasons for not issuing digital degrees was that, contrary to what the Court was informed on the previous occasion, the data of students was not available with the Examinations branch.
Considering the extent of data available with the Delhi University, the Court ordered that students who have graduated prior to 2017 shall submit their applications for obtaining digital degree certificates on the portal “www.digicerti.du.ac.in” and the same shall be issued within a period of one month.
For students who require digital degrees on urgent basis, either for further education in India or abroad, or for employment opportunities, request may be made to a separate e-mail i.e firstname.lastname@example.org, the Court recorded. Such students will be required to upload the relevant documents.
Delhi University also informed the Court that a printer has now been engaged, and as and when the data is verified and digital degree certificates are issued, the said data shall simultaneously be transmitted to the printer for printing of the paper degrees.
The Court has now sought an affidavit from DU on the timeline with respect to the issuance of printed certificates to students.
The Court has also opined that DU shall endeavour to simultaneously transmit the verified data on a course-wise and year-wise basis to Digilocker, so that the students are able to obtain their documents from Digilocker directly.
The matter would be taken up next on September 28.
Advocate Sarthak Maggon appeared for the former DU students.
DU was represented by Advocates Mohinder Rupal, Hardik Rupal.
Read the Order: