Govt launches e-portal, app for issuance of equivalence certificates

Education minister says payment will also be made online

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood today (Tuesday) announced the launch of an e-portal and a mobile application for the issuance of equivalence certificates.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Shafqat Mahmood asserted that the development would simplify an overly cumbersome process.

“Previously, the students used to apply at the Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) office and stood in long queues and it was a very cumbersome process,” he said, adding that the students stood the risk of losing important documents during the process.

The Education Minister said, “Now, after meetings with the local and international boards, 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 announced, adding that one of the biggest conveniences in this regard was to be able to track the progress of the application online.

“In the future, the certificate will also be available in PDF format,” he added. The minister further stated that the development signalled a revolutionary change to facilitate the youth and make processes easier for the public.

He felicitated IBCC, ministry officials, local and international educational boards and others who participated in developing the system. “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.