Due to what appears like a serious blunder on part of Delhi University officials, Manas Srivastava, currently a post-graduate student of Delhi University (DU), was denied a very prestigious scholarship given by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Having graduated from DU in 2012, Manas was declared the overall topper of History (Hons.) batch of 2009-12. Hence, he was eligible for the ‘Post-Graduate Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holders’ of the UGC. This scholarship is given to toppers in a course of a central university.
While applying for the scholarship, he had to submit a rank certificate in the prescribed format as required by the UGC.
However, despite repeated requests to the University Examination Branch to issue him the certificate in that particular format, the officials refused to do so. When Manas received the response letter, it clearly stated that he was being rejected since he had not submitted the prescribed rank certificate.
“I have been deprived of a prestigious scholarship for no fault of mine,” said Manas.
The university, meanwhile, has said this was a one-off incident and they were trying to sort the problem.
“We know that the UGC has asked for certificates in a particular format from this year on and we have issued some of these certificates. However, this seems to be like an isolated case and we are aware of it,” said Maurice Tate, the deputy controller of examinations.