Modi degree push: Delhi College’s SOL says no information of understudies going out in 1978


Modi degree push: Delhi College’s SOL says no information of understudies going out in 1978
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Delhi University’s School of Open Learning (SOL), from where Modi is said to have gone out in 1978, says it doesn’t have records for that year.


The debate over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s degree declines to fade away. Delhi University’s School of Open Learning (SOL), from where he is said to have gone out in 1978, says it doesn’t have records for that year as these are kept up just for one year.

In light of a RTI inquiry by this IANS reporter looking for a rundown of understudies who had fit the bill for a BA degree in 1978, the SOL stated: “The information is not kept up in the branch in the request as wanted by the candidate.”

Answering to two different inquiries on the consequences of understudies who met all requirements for a similar degree in 1978, including their move numbers, names and father’s names, the SOL stated: “No such rundown is kept up in the branch. According to weeding tenets of the college, save duplicates of the distributed outcome is kept just for one year.”

A united answer from the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO), Meenakshi Sahay, on a similar inquiry stated: “The data looked for by the candidate was supported to the Dean (Exam), OSD (Exam), Joint Registrar (Degree) and Section Officer (Information) of the University, who are the considered PIOs under segment 5(4) and 5(5) of the Right to Information Act, 2005.”

“Further, important information, got from the Dean (Exam), OSD (Exam), Joint Registrar (Exam), shows that the University, generally, treats the information of the understudies relating to the examination taken by them while seeking after a course in the University as individual to the understudies concerned which can be unveiled just to the understudy concerned,” she included.

“The exposure of such data has no relationship to any open action or intrigue. Divulgence of such data is absolved under segment 8(1)(j) of the Act,” she additionally said.

The cited exception in segment 8(1)(j) says: “Data which identifies with individual data the revelation of which has no relationship to any open movement or intrigue, or which would bring about unwarraned intrusion of the security of the individual…”

The college’s examination branch III (i) and IV answered in comparable vein.

“It creates the impression that the data looked for by the application is to such an extent that it is dealt with as individual data of understudies, having a trustee connection with the University.”

Prior, the Central Information Commission (CIC) had coordinated the college “to encourage review of applicable enroll where finish data about consequence of all understudies who go in Bachelor of Arts, in year 1978 alongside move number, names of the understudies, father’s name and stamps got as accessible with the University and give ensured duplicate of the concentrate of important pages from the enlist, free of cost”.

The CIC had likewise slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on the CPIO for dismissing a RTI application looking for subtle elements of Modi’s graduation degree.

Data Commissioner M. Sridhar Acharyulu likewise pulled up the CPIO, saying the refusal to give the data looked for helped him to remember the idiom “short-sighted”.

Acharyulu was stripped of his charge days after he passed his request.

The Delhi High Court had later remained the CIC arrange guiding Delhi University to permit review of records of all understudies who had passed the BA degree exam in 1978.

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