In a recent High Court hearing, Justice Pratibha M Singh expressed her displeasure with the conduct of Delhi University. The Delhi High Court heard petitions from 21 Doctors who have not received their MBBS Degrees after completing the course in the year 2018 and 2019 from Lady Hardinge Medical College, Maulana Azad Medical College and University College of Medical Sciences, affiliated with the DU.
The Court remarked that no digital degree had been issued despite providing the college with sufficient time. A committee was formed by Justice Singh which consisted of a Senior Digilocker Officer, an officer from Delhi High Court (IT Dep.) and Sanjeev Singh, the Joint Director of DU Computer Centre to look into the matter of the issuance of digital documents.
DU registered on Digilocker on 3rd August and instead of making the process easier for students to procure digital certificates, the varsity made it complex. Some of the petitioners were asked to submit their mark sheets, scanned photographs and other documents with a fee of ₹500 so that ‘Special Certificates’ could be issued to those without degrees.
High Court had asked the varsity to submit detailed protocols of issuing any digital document and asked them to set up a special cell. Keeping the minimal interaction between DU students and faculty in mind, the court also directed the varsity to use technically advanced methods and to reduce the inconveniences caused during the pandemic.