In order to curb the rising fake certificate menace in Telangana, the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) and State universities are planning to embed smart chips into the certificates.
According to sources, these smart chips would be embedded particularly in the marks memos, which will be tough to tamper with, said officials close to the development. In addition, this high end security feature in the certificates would be in addition to the existing features that include a unique code number for each certificate, logo, watermark and paper thickness.
Despite the present security features, unscrupulous elements were found to be tampering and creating fake certificates for the purpose of admission and jobs. Notably, the new smart chip feature would come embedded with the academic credentials of the graduated students and will be implemented for all undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma and certificate programmes offered by the State universities. To take forward the initiative, officials have decided to seek support from the Telangana Information Technology, Electronics and Communication department.
Given the fake certificates that were being created, there is a need to come up with new security features in the certificates issued by the universities, pointed out a senior official.
Further, the TSCHE which recently launched the Student Academic Verification Service (SAVS) portal has decided to make the system more robust and dynamic. Steps are being initiated to automatically sync the base of the universities with portal to ensure information is readily available in the portal as and when the universities issue certificates to students.
Meanwhile, recently, Ms. P. Sabitha Indra Reddy, the Education Minister of Telangana, is scheduled to launch the Student Academic Verification Service (SAVS,) on the 18th of November, Friday. The Online academic verification for students was introduced by the TSCHE with the view of verifying fake educational certificates and helping students, employers and others to confirm documents. The verification can be done from anywhere including from other countries and does not require one to be manually present. However, the Digi lock app and the SAVS would only verify University certificates from Telangana government Universities and educational certificates from government schools.
The whole process of the activity is to deposit all the universities’ certificates and educational documents in the Digi locker, so it helps the state to control the fake certificates, with an easy verification process.
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