While the current batch of management students at Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) prepare for their final examinations, the previous batch is yet to receive its degree certificates.
The premier B-school is unable to hold its annual convocation for 2015-16 batch, as the University of Mumbai (MU) has delayed the printing of the degree certificates. While JBIMS was granted autonomy from MU in 2014, its examinations are still conducted by the varsity.
According to an official from JBIMS, the delay is caused by the fact that the marksheets for autonomous institutes are different from the university's regular certificates, requiring more time for printing. "We have been continuously following up with the varsity's examination department. They have provided us with degree certificates for parttime courses, while those for other courses are still being printed," said the official.
The delay has resulted in anxiety among students who need the degree certificates for job application and other purposes. "Many employers, including some in India, don't accept marksheets and demand degree certificates. I want to apply for the permanent residence visa of Canada, but I need a certificate from the university," said a Master of Management (MMS) Studies student.
However, MU insists that the certificates are ready and will be delivered soon. "JBIMS is our own institute. They will get the certificates when they decide a date for convocation," said Deepak Wasave, officiating controller of examination at MU.