One might require University transcripts for a number of reasons. Transcripts are required for visa process (Canada/ Australia etc.), applying to US universities etc. The usual process is to contact the University and they should be able to help with the exact steps.
The process below is for CU (Calcutta University) alumni as of Feb 2016. This also assumes that you are available and have enough time to visit the Transcript department in-person on 2 separate days.
For people who do not/can not visit in-person, you’ll be required to authorize someone to submit the application and collect the Transcripts on your behalf.
- Make sure you have at least 30 days in hand.
- Go through the following document: CU Transcript Instructions [Don’t waste your time by calling the listed phone numbers (numbers are either dysfunctional or there’s no one to pick up) or emailing ( emails are non-deliverable to both the addresses ).
- Download the form, print and fill it up (preferably with blue ink to make your entries more visible).
- Photocopies of Registration Certificate, All Marksheets (all semesters/years).
- Registration Certificate and All Marksheets (Original).
- Cash ( INR 200 per transcript ).
- A pen.
- Willingness to be present in-person to apply on one day (1 – 1.30 hrs depending on how busy the department is on that particular day) AND on a second day to collect the transcripts. (Sorry, they don’t have an online system even in 2016)
The Transcript department is open from 11 am to 1.30 pm on weekdays.
1. Even though the form asks for a Demand Draft (DD) to be submitted along with the application, it’s NOT required.
Yeah! I learned it the hard way. I wasted about an hour at a bank getting the DD prepared and when I arrived at the CU Transcript department, they said CASH is preferred.
2. You need not fill up the section that requires University names and locations to which the transcripts are to be sent (assuming you will be collecting it yourself).
- Ensure that you are carrying the items mentioned in the Prerequisites section.
- Head straight for the CASH section (ask anyone for directions) once you enter the CU Main Campus on College Street. Get a CHALLAN for INR 1/- (One rupee).
- Darbhanga building is bang opposite the building that has the CASH section/department. Proceed to the 4th Floor (there are elevators available – although they are located in a very non-descript area of the ground floor. Ask someone if you are not able to find them).
- Follow the directions to the ‘Transcript section’ – as of today, it has been relocated to the back side of the 4th Floor.
- Once you reach the Transcript section, you’ll be asked (usually) for the purpose of your visit. If not, state politely the purpose of your visit.
- You’ll then be asked to submit the documents. You may be asked for the originals (I wasn’t – but it’s better to carry them in any case).
- You’ll be asked to fill up the CHALLAN (In case you forgot step 2 / didn’t bring the CHALLAN, you will usually be provided one and asked to provide a blank one once you have submitted the cash at the CASH section).
- Next, if the documents are sufficient, the person will sign and state “Please accept” on the CHALLAN which you’ll be required to take to the CASH section and pay the required amount.
- Visit the CASH section and pay the amount. (Remember to take a Blank CHALLAN if you missed step 2 ). If you are paying in denominations of INR 500 or more, be prepared to enter denomination, note number, your phone number in a separate register which will be provided at the CASH counter.
- The Cashier will hand you 2 pieces of paper with the particulars of payment.
- Head back to the Transcript department and hand back one part of the particulars and Blank CHALLAN (if you missed step 2). Keep the other part for your reference which will be required on the day of collecting the transcripts.
- You will be asked to return at a later date (usually 3 weeks from date of submission) to collect the Transcripts.
That’s it – you’re done! Pretty hassle free if you ask me.