Legal Advice

Can the educational qualification certificates of government employees be disclosed under RTI?

Question: I want to know the educational qualifications of selected assistant professors in the state university. There is some rumour that average numbers of candidates are lower than the merit. So I want the qualification details of all the selected candidates. Can the educational qualification certificates of government employees be disclosed under RTI?

Advise

You can get the qualification details of all the selected candidates through the RTI (Right to Information Act). Their educational details became public information. Hence, you can seek disclosure of this public information through the RTI application. 

University cannot refuse to provide educational details. If the university refused to do so then you should file an appeal before the state information commission Lucknow. University is a state within the meaning of Article 12 of the Constitution of India and a public authority under Section 2(h) of the RTI Act. Hence, the provisions of Right to Information Act apply thereon.

Shivendra Pratap Singh

Advocate

High Court Lucknow