BENGALURU: UGC has cracked the whip. It has ordered all state-run universities in the country to issue degree/convocation certificates to students with 180 days (or roughly six months) of completion of the course.
The UGC, in its circular, has also warned of punitive action if the order is not followed, underlining that 180 days is more than enough for certificates to be issued. “Following the rise in complaints against universities for not providing degree certificates months after completion of the course, this circular is being issued. If they continue doing so, action will be initiated against them.” It added that any delay constrains opportunities of students.
In Karnataka, late issuance of the certificates is rampant. Bangalore University (BU) takes over six months, whereas Kuvempu University takes up to eight months. Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) is even worse: it often takes a year. In the case of new ones like Davanagere University, it takes over one year.
Speaking to Express, BU officials admitted to delays. Prof KN Ningegowda, registrar (evaluation) said, “I promise all students we will issue degree certificates within 180 days. Marks card too will be issued at the doorstep of the student.”
Meanwhile, UGC warned the universities of punitive action under the regulations notified under Section 9 of UGC (Grievance Redressal) Regulations 2012 against the university.