TS cops to help varsities put an end to fake certificates racket

DGP proposes digital QR code lock system

Hyderabad: In their bid to end the menace of fake educational certificates, and its racket, the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) will coordinate with the state police to develop a new technology while working with the national academic depository through a digital lock system for downloading original certificates.

Telangana police, which extensively uses several technologies for regular policing, will assist the state-run varsities to ensure that students do not fall for the fake certificates trap and they would possess only genuine certificates.
TSCHE officials recently conducted a joint meeting of all vice-chancellors and the DGP, M Mahendar Reddy. On top of the agenda was the worrisome increase of fake educational certificates.

The DGP brought to the fore the specific vulnerable areas and how the negligent attitude of some educational institutions was helping large-scale supply of fake certificates. To prevent such activities, the universities must opt for a technology that can create certificates in a new format and which can be digitally downloaded, he adviced them.

Taking cue from Reddy’s advice, the universities are to opt for a digital lock system for QR codes or have identification marks in digital mode on the certificates to detect the fake ones.

Thousands of genuine students have lost opportunities due to the overwhelming number of students carrying fake certificates. The racket is operated by a syndicate that includes agents who ‘arrange’ for fake or forged educational certificates against huge amounts.

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