From 2017, SSC pass cer­tifi­cates will also be na­tion­al­ity proof

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Puja Ped­nekar puja.ped­nekar@hin­dus­tan­

From 2017, pass­ing cer­i­tifi­cates given to Class 10 stu­dents af­ter the Sec­ondary School Cer­tifi­cate exam will also men­tion their place of birth, a govern­ment res­o­lu­tion from the school ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment said on Wed­nes­day.

The aim, govern­ment sources said, was to en­sure stu­dents have long-term doc­u­mented proof of both birth and na­tion­al­ity — es­sen­tial doc­u­ments when they want to ap­pear for com­pet­i­tive ex­ams.

Pass­ing cer­tifi­cates are given to stu­dents with their mark sheets a few weeks af­ter re­sults are de­clared. The mark sheets con­tain the stu­dents’ scores, while the cer­tifi­cates state the can­di­date is el­i­gi­ble for ad­mis­sion to Class 11. So far, in­for­ma­tion of the stu­dents’ birth­place was only men­tioned on birth cer­tifi­cates and the school leav­ing cer­tifi­cate (LCs), which are sub­mit­ted to col­leges dur­ing ad­mis­sion. Col­leges, how­ever, do not re­turn the LCs , leav­ing stu­dents with just one doc­u­ment that can act as proof of birth or na­tion­al­ity. “The pass­ing cer­tifi­cate is usu­ally not re­quired for any other pur­pose. By adding birth­place, it can be used as proof,” said Su­varna Kharat, deputy sec­re­tary of the depart­ment.

Sources said there have been cases where stu­dents ap­ply for du­pli­cate LCs by claim­ing they have lost the orig­i­nal and some­times sub­mit false un­der­tak­ings.

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