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Degree not collected cannot be equated with Degree not issued- the university can deny admission if requisite documents are not produced
Tejaswita 12 Oct 2016

Degree not collected cannot be equated with Degree not issued- the university can deny admission if requisite documents are not produced

Many times it happens that one does not collect his degree from his institution on time. Generally, one may not bother much about this aspect as one proceeds with one’s career. However, can the issue of not collecting one’s degree actually create problems for the purpose of  future education? The answer seems to be “Yes”.

Recently the Hon’ble Delhi High Court in a matter concerning the admission of a student into a university held that it was mandatory for the candidates to report with the documents in original at the specified date and time for counseling, failing which they will forfeit their claim for admission. The petitioner in Bhim Shankar Thakur vs Delhi University & Anr, W.P.(C) 9135/2016 sought a mandamus directing the University to take on record his degree certificate and to grant him admission in the LL.B. Course commencing from the Academic Session 2016-2017. This prayer was rejected by the Hon’ble High Court.

Further, in the present case the petitioner could not submit any proof that the degree had not been issued to him by his university till the date of counseling for the course in which he wanted to take admission. The student had passed the qualifying examination in 2012 but did not have / collect his degree.

The Hon’ble Court herein relied on another previous decision in Rahul Kumar Singh v. University of Delhi And Ors. , W.P.(C) 8905/2016 where it had observed that case of the Petitioner in that matter was that the petitioner had not collected the same from the University. The Court therein had observed that degree not collected cannot be equated with Degree not Issued. The court further had observed that the petitioner in that case was aware even prior to the registration for the entrance examination, that he would be required to produce the original degree of the qualifying examination at the time of Counseling. He did not bother to collect the same from the concerned University. The petitioner there also did not have any proof available that the degree had not been issued by the university till the date of counseling.

Therefore the Hon’ble Court relied on the case of Rahul Kumar Singh v. University Of Delhi And Ors. , W.P.(C) 8905/2016 and rejected the writ of the Petitioner in Bhim Shankar Thakur vs Delhi University & Anr, W.P.(C) 9135/2016.

Both these cases indicate that appearing for counseling in without the requisite original documents, when they have been issued but not collected by the student from his institute can prove to be fatal as the new university, where he seeks to take admission can deny the same and not entertain him if he process the degree at a subsequent date.

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