It has been over two months since Anna University announced the results of its final year engineering students, but most of them are still waiting for their documents — both provisional certificates and mark sheets.
On Tuesday, the university sent a message to students of its constituent colleges that they could collect their provisional certificates. “But more than provisional certificates, we need our mark sheets as they list our subject marks and CGPA. All universities abroad, especially those in the U.K. do not confirm your admission without that,” says a student who has applied to universities in Birmingham.
“Many students are facing a delay in their UK visa processes because of this. We cannot even apply for visas unless we are sure about when we will get the certificates,” he added.
All a provisional certificate contains is a variant of: ‘you have passed the course’ which does not help in obtaining scholarships, something most students applying abroad aspire to get.
It is thought that the results of many of these students, particularly those who had arrears, have been delayed due to the leak of a first-year question paper last month. After the leak, several students had to re-sit that paper, which was held on July 31. Evaluation for this paper has just been completed.
While students of constituent colleges have been somewhat lucky, hundreds of students in Anna University’s affiliated colleges will have to wait longer. “We don’t even have a print-out of our mark sheets,” says a student of a private college.
“Those who could use influence got them. For others, they have just started issuing provisional certificates now. No university abroad gives you an admission based just on that,” says a student of College of Engineering, Guindy.
Many of those who have already applied for their visas and procured them have left the country without their certificates, some without even knowing their results.
The fear of visa cancellations apart, many students are also facing problems at their workplaces. Public sectors companies such as NTPC and BHEL have insisted students come to their offices with their provisional certificates, only after which they will be given joining dates. “IT companies too have asked for the certificate. Some, including IBM have granted a 90-day time to produce them,” says a student.
Students recruited by TCS and Wipro, who have their joining dates this month, are also concerned.
Anna University officials have said that the certificates for affiliated colleges are being printed and will be despatched soon. “We are in the process of assimilating all the data. That is why there is a delay,” said a senior official, promising that all students will be given the certificates in the next 10 days.
“Those who urgently need them can come to the university in Chennai and we will give it to them immediately,” he added.
A notification from the university is also being sent to all its affiliated colleges to hand over the certificates to the students as soon as they reach the colleges.