Notices Issued to UGC and NAD for Providing Digital Degrees to Students

Petition Filed For Issuance of Digital Degree and Seeking Compensation from University. 

The Hon’ble Patna High Court heard a case filed by law pass out students of the 2020 batch from the Central University of South Bihar.

The petitioner prayed before the Court that despite the Ministry of Education and UGS’s direction to provide digital degree to students, the university did the opposite and compelled petitioners and other students to be physically present at university premises last year in November at the time of COVID-19 Pandemic and restricted lockdown to get their respective degrees. For this reason, petitioners seek compensation from the university.

The petitioners also contended that the university also noticed that the digital degree shall be provided to its students several times but failed to do so.

The advocate appearing for the university contended that NAD(National Academic Depository) is not cooperating with the university in issuing and uploading the digital degree. To safeguard the students’ interest, the university had no other option but to issue a physical degree.

To this contention of respondent, the Hon’ble Mr Justice Vikash Jain said it is your internal matter. Further, the respondent advocate said that he has to take instructions from the university and sought six weeks to file a counter-affidavit.

The petitioner was filed by three law pass out students, namely Mr Abhishek Anand, Mr Gaurav Kumar and Mr Anurag Yadav. 

The petitioner also argued that more than six months had been passed from the date on which the result was declared, and to date, the university has not given the Consolidated Marksheet. 

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Hon’ble Mr Justice Vikash Jain, put a question to petitioner, that your petition is not a PIL. One of your prayers is that the university shall issue digital degrees to the upcoming students within 15 days from the date of declaration of result. How is it possible in a Writ?

To this point, the petitioner, Mr Abhishek Anand, contended that the doctrine of locus standi must be relaxed in a writ petition for a concerned person who is not a busy boy for some good reasons.

The Court issued the notice to other respondents, namely UGC and NAD.

Disclaimer: Story based on the information provided by Petitioner.

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