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IIT & IIM students can self-attest certificate copies

HRD ministry has instructed the institutes such as IITs and IIMs which comes under it to accept self-attested documents at the time of admissions. According to this new directive, aspirants who are looking forward to get admission in these universities need not to attest their documents from a gazetted officer anymore. The ministry official said, this new move will give a sigh of relief to students and also ended the age-old practices. The original documents will have to be submitted at the time of admission only. The developments have been taken place of a directive from the ministry of personnel, public grievances and pension which has asked many ministries and departments to examine the proposal.

The ministry mentioned that this process is people friendly and it said “obtaining either an attested copy or affidavit not only costs money but also involves wastage of time of the citizens and the government officials.”

However, the Second Administrative Reforms Commission in its 12th report title “Citizen Centric Administration”- the Heart of Governance” had recommended adoption of self-certification for simplifying the process.

Students especially in rural areas stand to immensely benefit from it along with those who face difficulty in finding an officer to their certificates attested. Generally, students also fall prey to scrupulous elements who make money by getting the copies attested at a premium, official said, adding instructions have been issued to the institutes to examine the documents carefully.

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