Students Object DU Citing Privacy Reasons for the Release of Admit Cards on its Official Website

Durgesh Rai Durgesh Rai
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The final year students of Delhi University who will be appearing for the online open-book exam have objected to the varsity citing privacy concerns for uploading their admit cards containing personal information on the official website of the Delhi University.

As per the students, access to their admit card is so easy that anyone who is aware of their roll number and gateway password can track it. The students also mentioned that the gateway password is the same for all the students.

Following the issue, Pankaj Garg, convener of the Indian National Teachers'' Congress (INTEC) has written to university Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi.

“Even an outsider can have access to phone numbers, e-mail, and residential addresses of students, which have been mentioned on their admit cards for the first time,” said Pankaj Garg.

“There are lakhs of students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and any misuse of this data by any agency because it is easy to access, may lead to grave consequences, especially when we have girl students of equally good strength. Therefore, the university administration must take notice of this breach of confidentiality and privacy," the letter said. 

As per sources, some girl students have complained about receiving calls and e-mails from anonymous sources and have alleged that this is because their information is in the public domain.

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Receiving Abusive calls

Some students have also highlighted they have received abusive calls from the last few days. A student of Kirori Mal College alleged that many girl students have been getting calls and messages from outside companies who have got access to the data and accused the administration of compounding the problems of students. 

In light of the issue, a student of Gargi College said that the roll number is a 10 digit number, which has the year of admission, course code, and college code which makes it easy for anyone to access it.

Furthermore, A student of Rajdhani College said the university should have created individual passwords for students and sent them through WhatsApp. 

However, Vinay Gupta, Dean (Examinations), Delhi University, said, "There is nothing like that. The issue was arising only for law faculty students. The exam roll numbers of students were in the public domain since the results of the students appear in a gazette. We have stopped the admit cards for the law faculty students and they will be sent a one-time password over e-mail to access their admit cards."

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