The Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood, in consultation with local and international players, announced that the Ministry of Education has prepared an e-portal for the Inter Board of Presidents (IBCC) which, after completion of “simple” formalities, will allow the students to receive equivalency certificates at their doorstep.
The International Bachelor of Arts, Religion, and Other Qualifications credentials are published by the IBCC.
The minister added that everything from submitting payment challenges to papers had now been digitized and students were able to follow the status of their application at the event in Islamabad.
“Earlier students had severe difficulties, bringing the original papers to the IBCC office, then queuing up for hours, and finally sending challans to banks,” added Mahmood.
He stated that students are experiencing problems since most of them are unaware of the banking procedure.
Shafqat Mahmood stated the whole procedure was tedious and worries regarding the original papers provided by the students were expressed.
After discussions with all parties concerned, including the 30 committees in Pakistan and foreign school boards like Cambridge, he said the new approach is being developed.
The Minister added that the manual method already in place may still be used by students encountering problems accessing online facilities.
He added that students would receive a certificate at their address after completing the online application and add that “these certificates will be delivered to students in PDF format in the future.”
This improvement was claimed to be a “revolutionary shift” to make it simple for students, adding that numerous further measures will be made to help students in the future.