In a move that is likely to increase hardships for students,the University of Pune (UoP) has made it compulsory for students to submit a copy of the First Information Report (FIR) of the lost marksheet while applying for a copy. The copy of FIR must be submitted in addition to an affidavit on stamp paper stating that the original marks statement has been lost irrevocably. The UoP circular says the changes will be effective from start of October.
Career counsellor and activist Vivek Velankar termed the UoP move as uncalled for. Asking for FIR copy while applying for duplicate marksheet would pose difficulties for students. There are high chances that students could face hardship when it comes to registering petty offence like loss of marksheet with the police. Asking for affidavit is enough,if the university was apprehensive about any possible misuse of duplicate marksheet, he said.
Educational activist Siddhartha Sharma too questioned the UoP move. University gives permanent registration number (PRN) to each and every student enrolled with it or its affiliated colleges. The PRN itself brings down to zero any possibility of student misusing duplicate mark-sheet by simultaneous taking admission at two institutions. Asking for FIR copy makes no sense, he said. Activists also highlighted difficulty in registering an FIR if the original mark-sheet is damaged and not lost. UoP Controller of Examination Sampada Joshi said it is collective decision of the Board of Examination. We want to avoid possible misuse of duplicate mark-sheet and put a check on the applications we get for duplicate marklists, she said. Varsity authorities said on an average 100 applications are received almost every month. UoP will now also charge same fee for duplicate marksheet for professional courses or non-professioanl courses. It would be Rs 100 if applied within the academic year and Rs 200 afterwards.