New Delhi, Feb 3: Commenting on the existing mechanism of grievances redressal for the students the Delhi High Court has directed University Grants Commission to appoint the ombudsman who will address the various issues faced by the students during their academic sessions.
Referring to the provisions of the UGC (Grievance Redressal) Regulations, 2012 a division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal has given this ruling on a PIL filed by a former law student of Delhi University.
"Delhi University shall take necessary steps forthwith and appoint the ombudsman in terms of provisions of the UGC (Grievance Redressal) Regulations, 2012 as expeditiously as possible preferably within a period of four months from today," said the court. The court has asked all the central and state universities to appoint the ombudsman within the stipulated time frame of four months.
As per the regulations, the ombudsman “shall be a part-time officer appointed for a period of three years or until he attains the age of 70 years, whichever is earlier”, the bench noted in its judgement. The court further stated that, UGC must take a strict action against that institution for not obeying the directions of the court.