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'Many degrees have wrong faculty, specialisations'

A day after MiD DAY carried a report highlighting the mismanagement at the 106th Convocation organised by the University of Pune (UOP) yesterday, many students — who were lucky enough to get their degrees last Saturday — have realised that the examination department has erred in printing the correct specialisation or, in some cases, the faculty on their certificates. On the other hand, the examination department is tossing the blame right back at the students by declaring that the mistakes are from their side and the certificates are printed according to the information supplied in the online convocation forms. However, the examination department is already distributing forms for rectification of printed errors.

Zahoor Shah, who completed Masters in Communication Studies from the UoP in June 2012, was shocked to find that his degree certificate declared him to be a Masters in Virology.  “I am working with a reputed multinational firm. The company has asked for my degree certificate, as the copy of final year mark list is not considered as an official documental proof. But, after this unacceptable error, I am clueless how to proceed,” he said. Shah’s classmate Prasad Kulkarni found a similar mistake in his certificate too. 

The only difference is, according to his certificate, he is a Masters in Instrumentation Science instead of Communication Studies.  “Today I filled up the form to rectify the errors. But the exam department employees have not told us by when we will get the error-free certificate,” said Kulkarni. 

A few others like Commerce graduate Bhagyashree Patwardhan have received their degree certificate with the correct faculty. However, the specialisation printed on the degree is different.  “My specialisation for B.Com is Business Statistics. However, on the degree certificate it is printed as Advance Accounting. After enduring the chaos and delay on Saturday, these errors are really frustrating,” said Patwardhan.

On the other hand, Controller of Examinations (CoE) Dr Sampada Joshi said, “The number of such cases are minimal and the examination department has its own mechanism to check them. As we have introduced online form submissions this year, mistakes in entering the data can be from the students’ end also. Before coming to any conclusion, we need to verify if the errors happened during the form filling or while processing the data.”

When asked about the course of action regarding rectifying the errors, Joshi assured that students will not have to wait for more than eight days to get their corrected degree certificates. 

Confusion over degree distribution
When asked about distribution of certificates on Monday, as was allegedly announced on Saturday, Controller of Examinations Dr Sampada Joshi firmly said that no student was asked to come on Monday (yesterday) to collect their certificate. “From this year, we have decided to distribute degree certificates on Convocation Day only. Those who cannot come on the day will be getting their degree by speed post,” she said. Admitting the mismanagement on Saturday, specifically at the B.Com stall, she said, “Due to agitations, we had to stop distribution from 3 pm to 4 pm. However, we made a separate arrangement and distributed certificates till the last student in the queue got it. This went on till 8 pm.” 

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