If the original degree certificate or a consolidated mark sheet was lost, it wasn’t that easy to obtain a duplicate certificates but the candidates were made to run from pillar to post for it. A candidate had to get a first information report (FIR) filed and get a non-traceable certificate after a wait of several weeks in order to apply for a duplicate with the concerned university. In case of losing the semester mark sheet, a police complaint was enough to obtain a duplicate mark sheet. The process was much tedious when candidates miss their degree certificate and consolidated mark sheet that they receive at the end of their degree programme. Apart from getting non-traceable certificate from the police, candidates had to give an advertisement in the newspaper on the missing certificates. The university used to provide duplicate certificates after submission of both.
Now, No more FIRs and long waits to get a duplicate copy of the mark sheets and degree certificate, if they go missing. The higher education department has simplified the process of obtaining them but for a price of course
The duplicate issued by the university will have the same details as the original. Though it will be mentioned as a duplicate on top of the certificate, it will be considered equivalent to that of the original.
Now with the introduction of the new rule, Students need not go to the police station and shall be offered a duplicate copy on furnishing a valid identity proof,” said Sunil Paliwal, the secretary for higher education. However, he claimed that a “reasonable charge” had been fixed for it to avoid unnecessary claims for duplicate copies.