HEC is to introduce e-verification service for the education documents for putting an end to forgery and to make the attestation process simpler.
A task force on the Civil Services Reforms and Austerity and Restructuring headed by PM’s adviser Dr Ishrat Hussain, at the latest meeting advised the HEC to instruct all the degree-awarding institutions under its supervision to launch an e-verification service immediately.
It asked the education commission to maintain and supervise an online system where all the degree-awarding institutions would be submitting copies of the issued degrees online as soon as the degrees are awarded.
The chairman of HEC, Tariq Banuri said that he was not in knowledge of the directives of the task force but they had begun the registration process of the documents some months back.
He also said that the e-verification was not possible without the trustworthy registration and it would be put in place soon.
He said that forgery of the academic documents was becoming a rising trend and on the other hand holders of the genuine educational documents were experiencing many issues during the attestation of the different documents.
He suggested an online database system for maintaining the records of all the educational documents that are issued by the different degree and academic qualification issuing bodies.
Under the digitalisation plan of verified and attested the documents would be available on the portal and would be accessible across the nation. This online verification and e-attestation service would also offer regular updates and information.
It mentioned that all the boards of education would digitize their student results and issued degrees on a regular basis while offering online degree verification services.
A digital copy of the final results and issued degrees would also be submitted to the provincial and federal Higher Education Commission on a per-year basis for record safekeeping in the suggested Intellectual Capital Data Bank for the counter-verification reasons.
Citizens would have online access to their digitally verifiable degrees and results and it would also verify online on a publicly shareable tiny URL. All the educational institutions may they be public or private would have access to the e-attestation of academic documents.
For the easy availability and accessibility of the academic documents, the service would ensure transparency and authenticity.
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