The UGC has directed all universities and educational institutions to introduce identification mechanisms like student's photograph and Aadhar number besides the security features in degrees and certificates awarded by them.


"Having security features in the marksheets and certificates issued by varsities are useful for 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," UGC Secretary, J S Sandhu said in a communication to varsities.


"You are directed to include identification mechanisms like a photograph and Unique ID/Aadhaar number in students' certificates. Further, you are also requested to inscribe the name of the institution in which a student is enrolled as well as the mode of delivery (regular, part-time or distance)," he said.


A decision in this regard was taken at a recent meeting of the University Grants Commission (UGC).