Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has notified all the schools under its ambit to allow students to change their names and date of birth only after they provide court orders or orders provided by the government gazzeted officer. Till date the process of changing names and date of births were easier as it could have been done by registering an affidavit along with giving advertisement in newspapers.
The recent decision has been taken to address the enormous number of applications that are piling up in front of the board. It is also important to check the genuineness of these requests and hence this new procedure could help tighten such loopholes. The board has also clarified that those students who have been already given qualifying certificates could not apply for any corrections, if the certificates are even a single year old. Along with this the board has also notified that the applicants who have applied for the corrections in date of births should be submitted to the CBSE chairman for further consideration.
According to the circular, “Applications regarding change in names or surnames may be granted provided the change has been admitted by the court of law and notified in the government gazette before the publications of the results of the candidates.”
The decision has been taken to stop those applicants who take advantage of the previously applicable rules and should stop. It has created trouble for thousands of students and their parents alike. According to the circular the changing of date of birth comes four to five years after board exams, so that they could take advantage of the same in competitive exams. Hence the decision has been taken to not change the date of birth if certificates are issued even one year before. Since February there are more than 400 requests of such changes that are pending with CBSE.