It is really a good move on the part of the Mumbai University in which the University, aiming to curb the menace of fake mark-sheets, will put photographs of students on their final year statement of marks. This is the first time in the history of the university that it has started printing photographs on mark sheets.
By this student-friendly measure, the University aims to make the final year statement of marks more secure and difficult to duplicate, and also to hasten visa processing and verification processes. While the step will be extended to all subjects for the exams — to be conducted in the first half of 2011 — final year students of master of management studies (MMS) will get the photographed mark sheets this month itself. It will also be extended to some of the exams to be conducted from October this year.
The purpose of incorporating the photograph is to bring in a transparent and foolproof system and enable easy verification by various authorities and prospective employers. This will also speed up visa processing if students are planning to study abroad or pursue a job.
The university’s initiative is yet another step to keep a check on bogus documents and fake mark-sheets. The university had recently lodged an FIR against 627 candidates who had produced bogus certificates from 2006 to 2009. They were detected during verification and included bachelor of commerce, bachelor of arts, bachelor of engineering, bachelor of science and MMS.
Not long ago, the university did away with plain mark sheets by opting for a rainbow colour scheme, citing security measures as the main reason as the plain mark sheets did not have a distinguishing feature and lacked security codes. The new seven-colour scheme is unique to Mumbai University. The university currently has seven security features incorporated in the mark sheets to avoid duplication.