The move would come as a boon for students sitting for entrance tests or seeking admissions. Getting attested from gazetted officers’ certificates such as mark sheets, birth certificates, domicile certificates often involve a lot of hassles. The measure posed more difficulty for students in rural areas scouting for a gazetted officer, officials said.
Accepting self-attestation is in line with the recommendation of the second administrative reforms commission for adoption of self-certification provision for simplifying procedures. Under this method, original documents are required to be produced at the final stage of admission.
According to the commission, self-certification is citizen friendly and obtaining either an attested copy or affidavit not only costs money to the poor citizen but also involves wastage of time for citizens and government officials. Several universities have already started accepting self-attested documents and the communication is intended to set a time-line for the rest to follow it, said HRD ministry officials.