The Delhi High Court on Tuesday ordered the Delhi University to write to principals of all affiliated colleges to expedite evaluation of papers of final-year undergraduate students so the results can be declared preferably within the first week of October. The varsity told the court it may not be possible to declare the results within the time frame; it had earlier said the results would be declared by October-end.
Since students had the option to either upload answer scripts on a portal or to email them, university officials informed the court there has been some duplication and 30 percent of integration between the submissions made to the email and portal has been done. The court was also told that 50 percent of papers sent through the portal have been evaluated. The court adjourned the matter for hearing on September 23 for the university to provide the court with a firm date of declaration of results of undergraduate students.
The university Tuesday told the division bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad that it will declare and upload the results of those postgraduate students, on or before September 28, who have to apply for admission in foreign universities and have requested for the results on priority through email. The students can submit their requests through email for the purpose till September 18, as per the order.“They said result shall be uploaded on the web portal of Delhi University,” the court said, adding that certificates will also be signed digitally without any rider that the said result will be provisional in nature.
The court was informed that over 900 emails have been received from students, who require the results urgently for admissions either in foreign universities or Indian universities. Out of the mails which have been sorted out, the court was told, 277 relate to final-year undergraduate students who propose to travel abroad for further students and 15 such requests have come from final-year postgraduate students. After sorting out the emails received till September 14, there are 15 and 277 students of postgraduate and undergraduate courses respectively, who are seeking admissions in foreign universities and need their results to be declared expeditiously. The court was hearing issues being faced by students who are moving abroad for higher education. The issue cropped up during the hearing of a petition concerning OBE for final year undergraduate DU students.
Regarding the undergraduate students, the university’s officiating Dean (examination) Professor D S Rawat told the court that comfort letters, which contain the provisional results of the students, will be issued to the concerned foreign universities on priority basis depending on the cutoff dates. The court ordered the university to address a confirmation email to students too once such communication has been made between it and the foreign university.
The Court has sought a “firm deadline” from DU on the declaration of results for the final year undergraduate students. The order was passed by a Division Bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad in a petition concerning the conduction of open book examination for final year DU students.
The Court was examining the aspect of providing assistance to students who have applied to foreign universities for higher studies and the declaration of results. Dr Sanjeev Singh, Head of DU’s computer department informed the Court that 50% answer sheets that were submitted through the OBE portal have been evaluated. However, for submissions done through e-mail, a “tedious” process of verification and integration with portal had to be followed, he said. Stating that 40 people have been working on sorting thousands of email submissions, the progress stood at 35%, Singh informed the Court.
In response to the Court’s query if the entire process could be finished in the first or the second week of October, instead of October 30, Prof DS Rawat, Acting Dean of Examination explained that post evaluation, the result has to moderated and then graded, which would require time.
Considering the balance of evaluation and the urgency, the Court directed DU to write to its Principles and request them to expedite the process so that results could be declared by first week of October 2020. The Court also examined the status of issuance of comfort letters to foreign universities on behalf of concerned final year students. Prof Rawat informed the Court that as of September 14, DU had received 900 applications for comfort letters and 292 had been sorted.
Out of the 292, 277 were from undergraduate students and the remaining were from post-graduate students, it was added.Considering the lesser number of PG students who are going abroad and the fact that their result is percentage-based, the Court directed that their results be declared on or before 28 September 2020 on the web portal.
For UG students who are going to foreign universities for higher education, the Court directed that the letter containing provisional results be sent to the concerned foreign university on a priority basis, depending on the cut-off dates. The Court also directed that to enable students to apply for visa, DU shall confirm having sent the letter and send a communication saying that the student has been provisionally passed. In its order, the Court also allowed DU to issue a communication saying the cut-off date for receiving requests for comfort letter is September 18.The matter would be heard next on September 23.