Accept self-attested documents: UGC tells universities

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked universities to abolish the requirement for submitting attested documents and start accepting self-certification of marksheets, birth certificates and other key documents. The move will substantially simplify procedures for students.

 “It is requested that the process of abolition of affidavits and adoption of self-certification be complied with at the earliest and compliance report be sent to UGC within a week of the issue of the letter,” the commission said in its communication dated September 26 to vice-chancellors of all universities. The communiqué has also asked varsities to take “urgent necessary steps” to implement the order.

The move is in line with the recommendations of the Second Administrative Reforms Commission regarding adoption of self-attestation for “simplifying procedures.” Under this, original documents are required to be produced only at the final stage of admission.

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