University Grants Commission (UGC) has released a notification on its official website asking Universities to introduce Aadhaar number and photographs in degree certificates. As per the official notification, “Such features, of course, are useful for the purposes of verification and curbing duplication. At the same time, they help in introducing uniformity and transparency within and across the system of higher education in the country”. University Grant Commission (UGC) has directed that the Identification mechanisms that includes photograph, Aadhar number must be added in the degree certificates of students.

The University Grant Commission (UGC) has also asked the Universities to inscribe the Institution’s name in which the student is enrolled. The programme details of study as well as the mode of study should also be printed. The study modes are regular, part time and distance learning. Universities have been asked by the University Grant Commission (UGC) to make sure that the details are correctly inscribed the degree certificates. University Grant Commission (UGC) has appealed to Universities to implement the changes as soon as possible in the interests of students as well as in the interest of system of higher education. (ALSO READ: UGC releases the list of 23 fake universities in India, cautions public not to take admissions in fake universities)

On February 22, 2017, a 521st meeting was conducted at the office of University Grants Commission where the decision was taken in this regard. The details of the decision can be checked on the official website of University Grant Commission, ugc.ac.in.