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Saturday , May 31 , 2014
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Move to curb marks fudge

Guwahati, May 30: The Assam Higher Secondary Education Council and the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (Seba), that conduct the Class XII and Class X examinations respectively in Assam, have come up with a slew of measures to prevent forgery in documents.

From this year, the council has started issuing marksheets bearing photographs of candidates. “This is a part of the reform process. More steps will follow,” said education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

From now, the marksheets of Class XII examinees will bear the same photographs that are pasted on the admit cards. “This step has been taken to prevent forgery,” said N.M. Hussain, secretary of the council.

During the verification process, the council has come across duplicate copies of marksheets or certificates. “In this context, issuing marksheets or certificates with photographs of candidates is one step of preventing forgery,” a source said.

Sources said re-verification of marksheets and certificates is carried out during appointment in some central government jobs or companies. Two years ago, University of Mumbai also introduced marksheets with candidate’s photographs to curb the menace of forged marksheets.

On the other hand, Seba has introduced several security measures in their marksheets and pass certificates.

Nayanjyoti Sarma, examination controller of Seba, said each marksheet of the Class X exam will have a host of security features like micro-lining, quick response code, ultra-violet ray sensitive code (UV code), hologram, special colour and unique serial number, thus making them almost impossible to duplicate.

“Besides these, each certificate and marksheet contains a secret code accessible to the board only,” Sarma said.

By scanning the quick response code, it will be possible to get information about the candidate and detect any discrepancy in his documents. Sarma said introducing these security measures doubled the cost of each marksheet, but Seba has gone ahead with the process, as it was keen to prevent forgery.

“Forgery-related incidents are on the rise. That is why the board has taken these initiatives. We are hopeful these steps will curb forgery,” he said.