New Security Features in Docus Cause for Delay?

The degree distribution function in city colleges will be delayed by at least a week this year.

Usually, colleges are allowed to hold the ceremony immediately after Mumbai University holds its convocation day. While the university has scheduled its convocation day on January 16--Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and industrialist Mukesh Ambani are likely to be the guests--colleges may to be allowed to hold their events from January 25.

Sources said the function dates may have been pushed back this year as new security features have been added on degree certificates to crack down on fake document rackets, which has delayed the printing process. But Deepak Wasave, in-charge controller of examinations, claimed there is no delay. “We will ensure that all colleges get their certificates before the varsity's scheduled time. The dates will be finalized in a day or two.“

MA Khan, registrar of the university , said, “The university, in collaboration with National Securities Depository Ltd, is printing quick response (QR) codes on degrees wherein details of students can be verified by scanning the code using a mobile app.“ But an MU official pointed out that there could be a delay in getting the new certificates printed with the QR codes as it has been outsourced to a new firm.

In 2015, degree certificate distribution at colleges was introduced and principals were asked to hold their events on the same day as the university's convocation day; one additional day was given at a later stage. But this year, principals are yet to be informed when to hold their events. “As colleges are expected to invite a chief guest, it would be better to know the dates in advance.The varsity usually give us the date by December-end or the first week of January, “said a principal.

Focus on cashless economy on National Youth Day, says UGC

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked universities across the country to focus on cashless economy while celebrating National Youth Day on Thursday. In a circular dated January 10, UGC secretary Jaspal Sandhu said, “All youth organisations should act in a synchronised manner to mobilize the youth to carry out a chosen activity all over the country on National Youth Day.“ The circular also said that each youth organization should hold training programmes on digital payments. The UGC suggested that each youth should educate at least 10 people about digital mode of transactions. The youths who are not conversant with digital transactions have been asked to learn at least one mode of digital payment. In another circular on December 5, Sandhu had said that participation of youths in higher educational institutions in the campaign for cashless economy is highly relevant because they would be the main beneficiaries of a digital economy that will be free of corruption and black money, as well as transparent and just. TNN