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IBBC launches e-portal App for equivalence of academic certificates

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education, Professional Training & National Heritage Shafqat Mahmood launches the Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBBC) e-Portal and Smart Phont App for Equivalence, here Tuesday. - PID photo

ISLAMABAD: The government on Tuesday launched an e-portal and mobile phone application to deposit fees and get equivalence certificate of educational degree online.
Launching the portal, Minister for Federal Education, Professional Training and National Heritage Shafqat Mahmood termed the smart phone app and web portal a revolutionary step to minimise the problems of the public.
He said this application enables the applicants to online apply for equivalence certificates and deposit their fee through IBCC Mobile App by OTC, Digital Wallet payments from any financial institution using their credit or debit cards.
Shafqat Mahmood said, “Overseas Pakistanis are our assets and the said application will be of great help to them.” He said the courier service has also been integrated so that applicants can track their applications in real-time.
Separately, speaking about the ongoing physical exams and the issue of Pakistani students studying in China, Shafqat Mahmood advised Pakistani students to stop spending time on Twitter to make trends against exams and focus on their education as exams won’t be cancelled or postponed.
Mahmood said that exams have already started in Sindh and will also commence in Punjab from Friday so there is no possibility of papers being postponed or cancelled. “I would advise the students to stop spending time on Twitter to make trends and that it is better to focus on their education. There is still time left for exam preparation.”
When asked about Pakistani students waiting to return to China, Mahmood said he has discussed the issue with the Chines envoy and hoped that it will be solved soon. “Every country is dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic in its own way. We all know that China is a big country and there is a risk of virus spreading there, so the Chinese government enforced the strictest restrictions and imposed a lockdown.”
The minister said that he was aware of the problems and will take up the matter again with the Chinese government. “The pandemic situation has improved in China and elsewhere so I hope that this issue will be resolved soon,” he said. – TLTP