Students from Delhi University (DU) cannot even rely on the institution to issue correct documents for foreign applications. Jhinuk Mukhopadhyay, 23, who completed MA English this year, discovered this the hard way when she asked DU to give her an Official Undergraduate Transcript, a document that is required by most foreign universities as part of the application process.
“The University merely provided me with a document that stated the total marks I had scored in graduation, the same information that is present on my degree. The university (foreign) to which I was applying was kind enough to point out the mistake and as a special case allowed me to submit the marksheets,” said Mukhopadhyay.
The official transcript is supposed to have the names of the subjects taught in graduation along with the marks obtained by the student. It is, in short, a comprehensive marksheet of all three years rolled into one.
“It takes DU two weeks to process the transcript and when it came out, I realised it was useless,” said Rahgav Katiyal, who studied International Relations at University of Sussex .
Most colleges charge between R200 and R300, but DU charges Rs 500 for one transcript. The dean of the Examination Branch, DU, RC Sharma, has also acknowledged the problem. “The team issuing these certificated needs to be educated. As for the cost, every document issued by DU costs Rs 500,” he said.