In a knee-jerk reaction after a chink in the confidentiality of the process of issuing degree documents was detected, the Barkatullah University on Tuesday decided to overhaul the entire process turning it totally online.
From August 12, the university would accept only online applications for degree documents.
The former students would be able to monitor the progress of the issuance of degree online and would receive it through post.
Registrar Sanjay Tiwari said that no applications would be entertained through the counters and no one would be allowed collect the degrees manually.
This, he said, would plug any possibility of someone else collecting the degrees on the candidates’ behalf and thus minimise any breach in confidentiality.
Also, after noticing that because the degrees were handwritten, the university could generate only about 100 degrees per day whereas there was demand for 500 degrees everyday, it was decided that the degrees would now be computer printed.
“Specific font would be used to write the degree details and by using computers we would be able to generate about 4,000 degrees per day,” the registrar said.
He added that the backlog of degree demand would be cleared within a fortnight and slowly the system would be get smoothened where there would be no delay in issuance of the degrees.
Delay in issuing of degrees was one of the reasons that allowed the racket of colleting and forwarding degrees in lieu of financial benefit to take root, the registrar said.
He ruled out any compromise on the confidentiality of the degrees if computer printing was used saying that the degree paper had several inbuilt security features that would prevent any breach of confidentiality.