The government has launched an Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) e-portal and a mobile application for the issuance of equivalence certificates which will enable students receive equivalence certificates at their doorstep after completing “simple” formalities.
On Tuesday, the Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced the launch of an e-portal for issuance of equivalence certificates. The move will simplify an overly cumbersome process.
The education minister, while addressing a press conference in Islamabad said, “Previously, the students used to apply at IBCC office and stood in long queues and it was a very cumbersome process,” he added that the students stood the risk of losing important documents during the process.
After meetings with the local and international boards, he said, currently we have set up an online system for equivalence [certificate], which will help facilitate the students greatly.
“A student can send an online application [to get the process done] and they would not have to go anywhere physically, and the payment will be made online as well,” Shafqat said and added that the manual system was also in place if someone wanted to opt for the same.
“One of the biggest conveniences in this regard is to be able to track the progress of the application online. The IBCC will subsequently post the certificate to the student.”
“In the future, the certificate will also be available in PDF format,” he added. The minister went on to say that the development signaled a revolutionary change to facilitate the youth and make processes easier for the public.
“With the verification system becoming digitised, there won’t be any further delays [in the processing],” Shafqat remarked.
“This step will have far-reaching effects and we hope for more such measures to improve the overall academic and exam system and to address the issues faced by the students,” he concluded.