Known as one of the top universities in the country, Delhi University is in a turbulent storm of controversies. Firstly, it was the four year undergraduate course related issue with the UGC, and now for no better reasons. The DU is once again into news for leaking personal information of candidates from the database, seeking admissions to B.Ed courses.
Due to the dereliction of the DU authorities, there has been leakage of information from the database of the department of education. There are also chances of personal information being sold to others from the mailers company. This not only adds to the complications but also has put students seeking admissions to the DU under pressure.
The details of students seeking admissions to the B.Ed course has been leaked; most of them are of those whose names were not listed in the selections for the course.
We received this information exclusively from a student of Delhi, Tanu Mishra (name changed), who is aspiring for B.Ed admissions in the DU. She received an email stating that her name has been selected for admissions for the B.Ed course. The mail was received from firstname.lastname@example.org
Failure to revert to the mail will lead to cancellation of the admission.
Email from the department of education, DU demanded students to revert to the mail immediately. The candidate was asked to reply with all personal details including name, roll number, address, mobile phone number, and father's name. Also, the email also stated that students are to reach the department with all their original credentials. In addition, the students were also told that, if they failto reply to these mails, it will lead to cancellation of their admissions.
After this mail, more than 100 students have sent mails to the department of education, DU, to know the dates of counselling.
Only after receiving emails from students, the department realised that they haven't sent such mails. When the candidates enquired the same to the university, officials declined any sort of activity. The Delhi University officials said, the list of candidates to B.Ed course admissions has been released and any such mails have not been forwarded to any candidates other than the one's who have been selected.
Hoax elements could misuse personal information of DU students.
The mails could have been hoax mails to these students. But the critical questions to think about are -
How did the pranksters get email ids of those candidates who have applied to the B.Ed course? Does this prove DU authorities' careless in securing the personal information of students? What might have been the intension of the one who wanted address and phone numbers of students who received these hoax mails?
There was no reply from the authorities department of education, DU, when contacted for the same. However, this kind of negligence has given pranksters a open stage to use personal data of students.