In a move to expand its passport services for the students, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) under its Passport Seva Project (PSP) has launched student connect programme.
Also the offices are inviting applications from students in different educational institutes.
“The aim of the programme is to build students who are ready for a global sphere,” said regional passport officer (RPO) Harmanbir Singh Gill.
“We are encouraging students to apply for their passports following a process which is simple and convenient,” said Gill.
The last date for the passport under the programme is December 30.
“Nowadays students travel to different parts of the world under student exchange programmes, different competitions, for higher studies and to pursue career opportunities,” said an official. “In such scenario, passport is one document which is recognised widely as an identity proof and for address,” the official said.
The passport offices are now accepting attested copy of the education certificate. Usually, the passport office asks for original certificates. Passport officials said that as educational institutions ask students to submit their original certificates during the time of admissions so it becomes difficult for them to produce the same for the passport applications.
“Students usually wait for the college tenure to end and then apply for passports,” said an official.
Applying for the passport, one has to provide an attested copy of education certificate along with a bona fide certificate from the respective education institute, certifying that they are the students.
“The students can visit the passport seva office anytime with just an application reference number (ARN), without taking any prior appointment,” said Gill.
One gets the ARN number after applying on MEA’s website-www.passportindia.gov.in. It is to be mentioned that the service will also be available for the faculty and staff members of the institute. Furthermore, if an institute has more than 100 students who are interested to apply, the regional passport office may also conduct special passport camps or melas at the nearby passport seva kendra.
INSTITUTES SERVED CIRCULARS
The RPO, Jalandhar has served circulars to 18 educational institutes so far. Some of the major institutes include Lovely Profession University (LPU), DAV University, Doaba College, Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya, Banarsi Dass Arya Girls College, Punjab Technical University, Nice Institute and Mother Merry Institute of Nursing College.