Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, May 17:
The department of Higher Education, Odisha has directed the Registrar of nine Universities, three Regional Director of Higher Education, Chairman of Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), Director of Higher Education, principals of 94 government colleges and 597 aided colleges in the state to take appropriate follow up action in issuance of leaving certificates, transfer certificates including duplicate and bonafide certificates to Haj Pilgrims.
The order for issuance of certificate came following a grievance letter submitted by the Saleem Shaikh a Mumbai based advocate and social activist to Ashok Thakur, Secretary to Government, Department of Higher Education, New Delhi last year requesting for issuance of these certificates by educational institutions as it is one of the prerequisites for seeking International passports and since 2009 the Saudi Arabia government has made International passport compulsory for all Haj Pilgrims.
Shaikh in its letter had informed that most of the Haj Pilgrims have left their colleges some 10-25 years back and are now seeking their original leaving and transfer certificates including duplicate and bonafide certificates (for current students) from the respective colleges across the country for submissions to regional passport offices all over India . However, most of the colleges across the country delay the issuance of these certificates to Haj Pilgrims under one pretext or the other, particularly in the old cases that are 10-25 years old.
As a result of this inordinate delay, Haj Pilgrims do not get their passports on time and at times they have to cancel their trips just because of non availability of these certificates on time, he added.
Acting on the letter of the advocate, the under secretary of the Higher Education department of Government of India on 30 April this year had issued a notice directing all chief secretaries of the states and Union Territories to take necessary action on the matter.
Today a letter number-10955 (12) to take follow up action regarding this issue has been sent to the concerned departments by the deputy secretary, department of Higher Education.