BANGALORE: To make document verification easy for employers and employees, Bangalore University is introducing E-verification by digitising all marks cards since the university was established in 1964.
At present, the university does a manual verification of documents which takes at least two to three months. E-verification will come as a relief to candidates residing abroad as it will hardly take 24 hours for the same process.
Prof Ningegowda, Registrar (Evaluation) of Bangalore University, said, “We get requests for verification of documents/ marks cards from Gulf countries, South Africa, US and other places.” Over 50 companies within India and abroad also send documents for verification, and in some cases, candidates themselves apply for verification. He said the process takes a minimum of two months.
Prof Gowda said the switching over to e-verification will help make the process easier. At present, the documents need to be sent to the colleges, compared with university records and certified. “This is a huge responsibility for the university as we need to place trained people for the job,” he said.
According to information available from the university, the examination section gets 150 to 200 requests for verification of documents every day.
“In the manual process, the authorities need to sign each document. To avoid such problems, we have found the E-verification solution,” said Ningegowda.
Till date, the university has digitised marks from 2002. The target is to do it from 1964, which means digitisation of records of around 50 lakh students. “However, some old data is not in a good condition,” he said.
Meanwhile, there are also allegations against the university staffers that they are delaying verification in the manual process intentionally just to extract money from applicants. Prof Gowda said, “Yes, there are some allegations. However, e-verification will ensure the elimination of these illegal activities.”
Even those who have lost their marks cards can apply online under the e-verification portal which the university is launching soon.
Recently, the university received a request from a US-settled BU graduate of the 1964 batch. Unfortunately, the university could not provide him the necessary information as the data was corrupted. Another medical professional settled in the US had lost his documents and applied for duplicate copies. But, the university took six months to process it.
Under the new system, those who have lost their documents can apply even if they don’t remember the register number. The documents can be obtained by providing the name, course, year of passing, the college name and address.