It is admission season. Very good to very bad institutes are out in the market, either truthfully enumerating their plus points or resorting to half- or untruths to lure you into their portals.
Meanwhile, as you embark on the next leg of your educational journey, you, as students, must be aware of your rights.
Don't deposit your original certificates with any college. The Supreme Court and UGC have ordered that a photocopy of the original certificate is enough. At most, the original can be shown for verification and the photocopy left behind. Depositing original certificates closes your options. The UGC notification says:
"The Commission is of the view that the institutions/universities, by way of retaining the certificate in original, force retention of admitted students which limits the opportunities for the candidates from exercising other options of joining other institutions of their choice. However it would not be permissible for institutions and Universities to retain the School/Institution Leaving Certificate, mark sheet, caste certificate and other documents in original."
If any college still demands originals, show them the UGC notification and the SC order. Both are available at this link. Let them know the law.
If they still insist, don't take chances, give it to them and drop CAREERS360, a mail. We will take it up and ensure your get your certificates back. After all, it is our job to ensure that colleges follow the law.
You can also send a complaint to the following e-mail addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
If you still have a problem, write to me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let us empower the students when they need the most. Let us force the institutions to do what is right.