NEW DELHI: Universities will face “punitive action” if they fail to award degrees to students within six months of the declaration of results, the University Grant Commission (UGC) has directed.
In a letter written to all vicechancellors, Jaspal Sandhu, secretary of the apex higher education regulatory body, said that as per regulations, the degree award date “shall be within 180 days from the date by which students are expected to qualify and become eligible for them”.
According to UGC officials, universities should easily be able to grant degrees within six months of the results declared and there was no reason for further delay.
It is understandable that withholding the degree of a student who has successfully completed his tenure in the institution of his enrolment, for whatever reasons, amounts to constraining his opportunities, Sandhu said.
“The UGC has taken a serious view of this issue and will be constrained to take punitive actions as notified in Regulation 9 of the UGC (Grievance Redressal) Regulations, 2012, against the university,” he said in the letter.
Under these regulations, the commission can take action against universities, including withholding grants.
The move comes after the UGC received many complaints about the delay on the part of the varsities in awarding degrees.
“The UGC has been receiving a number of complaints, representation, references from different stakeholders in higher education regarding some universities that are not awarding degrees in time to the students enrolled in different programmes of study offered by them,” Sandhu said in the letter.
Recently, Dev iAhi ly a Viswavidyalaya in Indore was in news for withholding degrees for over a year. According to a report, students had applied for degrees about a year ago but the same were yet to be dispatched.