Published On: Wed, Jan 13th, 2010

Degrees to be online to prevent forgery

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The Union Government is planning to post all educational degrees in an electronic format, just like share certificates depository, in a common pool online to curb forgery of educational certificates. It has set up a task force to develop the blue print for same.

“We are concerned about the fake certificate syndrome and have decided to deposit all educational degrees through dematerialisation of certificates to a technology based solution that would ensure authenticity, fidelity and enabling online verification,” Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said.

He said the certificates will be deposited like share certificates. In case of loss or theft, one can retrieve the certificate easily by paying a nominal fee.

“Holding of academic qualification in an electronic depository provides immense benefits to educational institutions, students, alumni and employers by enabling online access of academic qualifications,” Sibal explained.

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur Director Prof Sanjay Dhande will lead the task force.

The Task Force will prepare a road-map for implementation of the concept of electronic depository of academic qualifications in dematerialized form, identify a registered depository to whom the work of creation and maintenance of the national database of academic qualifications in an electronic depository can be entrusted and detail the terms and conditions on which the work of creation and maintenance of the national database of academic qualifications can be entrusted to the identified electronic depository.

Task force will also draft an appropriate legislation to provide legal mandate to the holding of academic qualifications in an electronic depository and make recommendations on such other incidental matters that may be relevant to the implementation of the concept of electronic depository of academic qualifications in dematerialized form.

The Task Force is expected to submit its recommendations by March 31st, 2010.