In order to enhance transparency within the system, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed universities across the country to include a student’s Aadhaar number and photograph in the degrees awarded to them.
The decision has been taken to enhance the security features and information provided in the degrees awarded to students. The aim of UGC is to stop fraudulent activities when it comes to education qualification.
J S Sandhu, Secretary of UGC, explained the move and said that it will help in introducing transparency in the academic activities related to higher education. Providing security features in the marksheets and other certificates will ease up the verification process and will help eradicate duplication, added Sandhu.
In the most recent directive sent out by the UGC, all the universities have been directed to add unique identification features in degrees and other academic certificates to eliminate impersonation and duplication.
Sandhu also added that other essential information such as the name of the institution where the student has enrolled and mode of the programme/ degree (regular, part-time or distance) for which the student had enrolled.
The UGC has been working on making the education system more transparent. The regulatory body has also published a list of fake universities and institutions that have been functioning in India without the approval of regulators.
According to the UGC, there are 9 universities in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh along with 66 colleges that are operating in the country illegally.