The convocation ceremony of the Delhi University, in which the final degrees are handed over to fresh graduates has been indefinitely postponed this year. Students instead will have to apply for a “degree certificate” to get their degrees.
The norm has been that students are given an ‘advanced degree’ and later the final degree with the convocation date mentioned.
Since 2014, the convocation is held in March, though last year it was delayed to May. This year there is no news about when the ceremony will be held. It seems the cause of the delay is that the varsity is not able to decide on the guests to honor the function.
Because of this undue delay in the convocation, this year, instead of receiving the degree in person at the ceremony, PhD students and toppers of different streams and colleges, will be required to apply for a degree certificate online.
According to a university source, the degree certificate will be equivalent to the final degree, and once the student avails of this certificate, he/she will not be given the degree during convocation.
This decision was taken after the university denied advanced degrees to medical students who wanted to go to the US and UK for higher studies and jobs. After the students protested the university took the decision.
Vinay Gupta, Dean of Examination, confirmed that online applications will be invited on the DU portal .The application process for this new system will soon start, so students do not face problems.
“This time we are asking students to apply, submit documents and make a payment for the degree online. This degree is nothing different but similar to the earlier degree that was given,” said Gupta.
Some teachers said a degree will not be considered valid as long as the convocation is not held. “If they are just changing the name of advanced degree to degree certificate, then it is fine. But if this will be equivalent to the final degree then doesn’t make sense,” said a senior department head on condition of anonymity.
“The degree has the date of the convocation mentioned in it. So what will the degree certificate have in it? How can the university decide on whether students can attend convocation? Instead of changing old rules they should just hold the convocation,” said a senior college teacher who did not wish to be named.
Earlier this year, the university had also announced that marks sheets, degrees and migration certificates can be applied for and delivered online.