The university Grants Commission (UGC) has ordered all Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) to hand out mark sheets and degrees to successful students within a period of 180 days. Candidates can check the official notification on the UGC website at ugc.ac.in. In a statement handed to all Vice chancellors and principals of colleges, the UGC has clearly mentioned that it will take punitive action against colleges and universities which fail to follow the UGC norms. “The degree award date/s shall be within 180 days of the date/s by which the students are expected to qualify and become eligible for them,” stated the official notice. The UGC came to this conclusion after receiving several complaints/ grievances/RTI’s, from concerned students and parents regarding the delay in the awarding system. “Needless to say, receiving a degree in a timely manner after successfully completing a programme is an inalienable right of a student,” stated UGC in a letter. UGC has requested all HEI’s to cohere to the UGC regulations, and confer the degrees to the deserving students within the expected time period. HEI’s are also expected to provide the provisional degrees and the transcripts of the final year.
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