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Students to get unique numbers

UGC to track students with unique numbers

india Updated: Jun 11, 2006 02:03 IST

Remembering college roll numbers may become a thing of the past. You will get a unique enrolment number for your entire higher education career, irrespective of how many times you have migrated from one college, institution or university to another or from one stream to the other.

The number will be your identity for your entire academic stream.

"Details of your entire academic career will be available with the unique enrolment number at a click of the mouse," an official said. From admission fee to class attendance to marks scored at different levels to participation in extra curricular activities or sports, all will be found there.

It will have your entire academic history recorded from when you joined college in the first year. All that will be available if the scheme framed by the University Grants Commission is implemented in totality.

The UGC thought of providing each student with a unique enrolment number, as it wanted to create a 'national graduate student repository', a data bank of all the students in higher education in the country. "This would be possible only if each student in the country has a unique enrolment number," an official said.

The Commission constituted an expert committee under Dr V.C. Kulandaiswamy, former Vice-Chancellor of Mudurai Kamraj University, to suggest ways to have a system for a unique enrolment number. The report said, the repository will help UGC monitor the quality of higher education in India in a much better way and will make the entire system more transparent. "It will not only make migration easier for students, it will also put a check on admissions by way of fake degrees and mark-sheets," an official said.

The committee report, which was recently submitted to the commission, has been accepted. "We are now working on the scheme to implement the recommendations of the committee," an official said.

As a follow-up step, the commission has invited proposals from education institutions willing to undertake projects on national graduate student repository. "Some proposals are being considered," an official said, informing that software will be prepared for registration of students and generation of the unique enrolment number.

The task is enormous, officials admit. There are about 97 lakh students enrolled in higher education institutions in the country and many of them are in private institutions.

"It can be started with students joining the higher education stream," an official said. Even if the procedure is a difficult one, one can fairly expect a unique enrolment number system from academic year 2007-08.

First Published: Jun 11, 2006 02:03 IST