Education Minister launches e-portal, app for issuance of equivalence certificates

 Education Minister launches e-portal, app for issuance of equivalence certificates

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood

ISLAMABAD(KARACHI), 06 July: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood launched on Tuesday an e-portal and a mobile application for the issuance of equivalence certificates.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, he said that previously, students would have to go through the hassle of applying to the Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) and waiting in long queues to get equivalence certificates. The launch of the e-portal and app would simplify the lengthy process, he added.

Shafqat Mahmood said a student can apply online for the issuance of the equivalence certificate and will not have to go anywhere, adding the payment will also be made online.

He said the manual system was not being done away with and would remain in place in case some people opted for it. Terming the move a revolutionary change, he said it was aimed to facilitate the youth and make the process simple.

The minister further said the government is taking steps to bring improvement to the education system.

Read more: Most pro Higher Education Budget: Shafqat Mehmood

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood termed the PTI government’s budget for fiscal year 2021-22 “most pro higher education budget ever”.

He said the PTI government has enhanced the Higher Education Commission (HEC)’s budget for development expenditures to Rs37 billion and for non-development expenditures to Rs81bn.

“Development spending enhanced to 37 billion. The maximum spent by [PML-] N in its last year was 18 billion. On the recurring side 66 billion plus special addition of 15 billion making it over 81 billion. Total allocation to HE 118 Billion,” the minister tweeted, thanking Prime Minister Imran Khan for the education budget.

Few Minutes later, Shafqat Mahmood tweeted: “Correction and more good news for higher education. Planning Minister Asad Umar has just told me that the development budget has been enhanced by 5.5 billion and is actually 42.5 billion.

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