The ministry of external affairs (MEA) recently served orders that the education certificate or documents that are issued by Urdu Education Board will be accepted as a valid document for the extension of passport facilities to the passport issuance authority (PIA) across the nation.
“It has been brought to the notice of the ministry that the students/applicants who have been passed out from the Urdu Education Board are facing difficulties in getting the Indian passport,” a recent notification issued by the ministry stated.
“Keeping in view that educational documents and certificates issued by the board are being accepted by all state and Central educational institutions for higher studies or government jobs, it has been decided that all passport issuing authorities would accept the educational certificates issued by Urdu Education Board,” the notification added.
The ministry has asked the passport authorities to implement the order on the immediate basis.
When asked if they often come across cuch cases, Jalandhar regional passport officer (RPO) Harmanbir Singh Gill said the number is less but there are still people in Punjab who hold the education documents certified by Urdu Education Board.
The Urdu Education Board is a recognised Minority Education Board declared by the National Commission for Minority Educational Institution, a statutory body of the ministry of human resource development.
The certificate will now be acceptable for the issuance of Emigration Check Required (ECR) or Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR) passport and as a proof of date of birth in respect of applicants born prior to January 26, 1989.