Self-attestation: UGC seeks report by November 20November 8, 2014
Kolhapur: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all the universities across the country to send a compliance report on the issue of self-attestation of documents by November 20.
In a letter dated November 5, UGC secretary Jaspal Sandhu said, "Self-attestation of documents by the applicant may be allowed where there is single-point verification of the original certificate at any stage before the finalisation of the process. However, in cases where physical verification of the original certificate is not possible, then the original procedure of attestation may continue."
In its letter dates September 26, the UGC had asked all the varsities to implement 'urgent necessary' steps on the self-attestation matter. However, the steps regarding actual implementation were not explained in it.
"With the UGC's new directive in place, students can stop worrying about getting their documents attested by gazetted officers at least during single-point verification, which will be helpful in processes such as admissions. Earlier, the candidates had to get their mark sheets, birth certificates and domicile certificates attested from the gazetted officer that used to consume a lot of time as well as money," said an official of Shivaji University, Kolhapur.
According to the official, the decision will specially help the students from rural parts of the division. The initiative to implement self-attestation was communicated by the Union HRD ministry to the UGC in August. The ministry had informed the commission about the recommendations of self-attestation for simplifying procedures.