Thanks to the Maharashtra Right to Public Services Act, you will soon be able to get duplicate copies of mark sheets, degree certificates, migration or eligibility certificates within 30 days of applying.
While the notification gazette for the Act was released in January, the University of Mumbai (MU) is yet to implement it, as it plans to create a digital platform for easy access. The government is set on making the facility available to students from the upcoming academic year.
The officials of the state education department and university met on Thursday to discuss the implementation of this provision.
The MU has been asked to draw up a list of officers, who will be responsible for releasing the required documents within the stipulated time. The university, in its reply to the department of higher and technical education, said students who passed out of the university after 2000 will get copies of their documents within 30 days, while those who graduated earlier will have to wait for 45 days.
The MU is mulling release of duplicate or fresh mark sheets for students who graduated after 2000 within 15 days.
“If an applicant asks for a copy of a mark sheet issued in 1982, we will need extra time to get the details,” said an officer from the examination committee.
Sanjay Chahande, principal secretary, state higher and technical education, told HT, “Theoretically, the Act became applicable to all state universities the minute they got the notification.”
He added the university officials, in the meeting, stressed the need for a digital platform to exercise the provision, which the government has agreed to. “A digital platform will help students, so implementing it will take some time. We hope students will benefit from the Act,” Chahande said.
According to the Act, an applicant can approach the first appellate for the required documents. If he doesn’t receive it within 30 days, he can then approach the second appellate, who will have to provide the documents between 15 and 30 days, following which a penalty will be levied on the authorities.
The penalty starts with a fine of Rs500-Rs5,000. If the penalty is not paid within the stipulated time, the amount will be deducted from the salary of the designated officer.
College principals, however, are doubtful about the system.
“Currently, the department of controller of examination struggles with reassessment of marks, which takes two months or more. Getting information within 30 days will help students, but only if the plan materialises,” said a principal of a south Mumbai college.