JAIPUR: The ministry of human resource development (MHRD) launched an inquiry against six universities, including the Sunrise University of Alwar , for alleged ‘sale’ of fake degrees on Thursday. The ministry constituted a high-powered committee after allegations of selling fake degrees surfaced earlier in the day. In a sting operation, officials of these universities had promised to provided degrees to students without attending classes and writing examinations. The high-powered committee pulled up the higher education official in Rajasthan over the phone for not regulating private universities. Sensing the seriousness of the matter, MHRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal tweeted, “I have directed related agencies to carry out a thorough probe.” These universities include three private ones, Sunrise University in Alwar, Kalinga University in Chattisgarh and Himalayan University in Arunachal Pradesh, and three state varsities—Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University in Maharastra, Solapur University and Andhra University in Vishakapatnam. The probe committee members include Dev Swarup, additional secretary of UGC; Yogesh Singh, VC of Delhi Technological University; A C Pandey, director of inter-university accelerator centre, New Delhi; D P Verma, additional director, National Judicial Academy of India, Bhopal; K P S Unny, former professor and registrar, Jawaharlal Nehru University. “The committee will probe allegations against these universities with full fairness and will complete the probe within the stipulated period of time,” Dev Swarup told TOI. Though TOI called and messaged T K Agarwal, owner of the Sunrise University, he didn't respond. The state higher education minister, Bhanwar Singh Bhati, was also unavailable for comments. The probe committee held its first meeting on Thursday evening in New Delhi. “The concerned officials of universities and respective state government higher education officials, including those from the Rajasthan government, were called and asked to thoroughly investigate the matter. They were also asked to file criminal cases against these varsities,” said an MHRD source. The ministry had already put private universities of Rajasthan under the scanner for registering a whopping 70% growth in PhD registrations in 2017. The state has 55 private universities, the highest in the country. The state had carried an inquiry against four private universities and found they had violated UGC norms at every level. But no severe action was taken, leaving the fates of hundreds of students in limbo. Source: Source: TimesofIndia
The Delhi government has ordered an inquiry into Shahdara DM issuing fake certificates to 400-odd people to help them bag jobs in the civil defence department. A district magistrate in Delhi faces an inquiry after he allegedly issued fake certificates to over 400 people from another state to help them secure positions in the civil defence department. The accused, identified as Shahdara DM Kuldeep Pakad, allegedly issued certificates to 400 people, mostly from his home state, certifying them as Delhi residents. Confirming the case, Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot said an inquiry has been ordered. The committee has been asked to submit a report in the case within two days, he added. "The allegations against the officer are serious in nature. An inquiry has been instituted and the report is likely to be submitted in a day or two. Based on the findings, action will be taken against the officer," the transport minister told India Today. The transport minister said the process of hiring civil defence volunteers (CDVs) as bus marshals has been put on hold in Shahdara district till the inquiry is complete. "We have enough time as new buses will be added to the fleet in a phased manner," he said. What is the case The transport department of the Delhi government recently asked DMs of all districts to provide CDVs to be hired as marshals in DTC buses. With a vacancy of 10,000 marshals, the transport department was looking for CDVs from all districts. Shahdara district magistrate Kuldeep Pakad allegedly issued fake certificates to approximately 400 people from his home state. In these certificates, Kuldeep stated that they were residents of Delhi. Source: IndiaToday
In a world where instances of identity theft are increasing day by day, identity verification is one of the most reliable ways to build trust between any two parties. In simple terms, Identity Verification means a process that can prove or verify that someone does exist.
Fact is, in today's world, it is no longer safe to blindly trust someone’s words. According to a survey conducted by Forbes, over 17 million people are impacted by identity theft every single year, especially consumers who are more than 50 years old are more vulnerable to such crimes. Even in India, there have been many instances of frauds conducted using Aadhaar. Just earlier this year, there were five cases of Aadhaar-related frauds where money worth lakhs was fraudulently taken out from customers’ accounts in two public sector banks.
Moreover, Andhra Bank has had four similar cases where a whopping amount of Rs. 4, 20,098 was taken out from certain customers’ bank accounts without their knowledge using their Aadhaar details. In fact, since 2015, the Indian banking department has received over twenty complaints regarding Aadhaar-related frauds. With so many instances of identity thefts, the only reasonable measure to build trust is to adopt identity checks.
Identity verification – A long-term solution
In India, identity verification is slowly, but surely becoming integrated in the way our economy runs. It is safe to say that in a few years, they will be fully integrated into the way we live our very lives. Today, we need to verify our identity by providing our national IDs before we apply for jobs; we need to complete our KYC in order to use every day apps like mobile wallets. Requirements like these show the pressing need for identity verification in the world today.
The rising popularity of national identity verification also means that biometrics too are gradually becoming the norm in identity checks. Soon, it is a possibility that elements like retina scan and other neurological processes may become the normal parameters for identity verification. They provide a more secure and solid fence when it comes to identity thefts.
However, your biometrics are not readily available to others, unlike your personal details. Given their security, reliability as well as scalability (they are already in use to a certain extent), they appear to lead a hopeful and more secure future for identity verification. After all, it is next to impossible for someone to steal your fingerprints, iris and retina patterns, hand geometry, voice waves and so on.
APIs – The basis of identity verification
Today, identity checks are done based on the government’s database, facilitated by the use of advanced APIs (application programming interface), as well as complex and intelligent search algorithms. API, which stands for Application Programming Interface, is a software intermediary which enables two different applications to interact and communicate with each other. It is the main technology behind all kinds of national identity verification today.
Here’s how it works. When a background screening company conducts an identity search, it is basically sending out a request to the government’s database for access so that whatever is needed like identity, age, address and more can be verified. API is the middleman that sends this request for access and sends back the response, that is, the verification result to the company. This process aids in conducting instant identity verification.
Today, API is the building block of national ID checks, enabling verification of personal details and information about an individual. But with the rise in biometrics, this may not be the norm of identity verification very soon.