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Please advise - if you are an Indian undergrad currently in the US - having a similar situation.

The applications to the schools I am applying seem to require "official transcripts" from all post-secondary colleges.

When I contacted my undergraduate university in India about sending “official transcripts”, they informed me that their procedure is to merely verify and certify a duplicate copy of my transcript as a “True Copy”. In order to do so, I am required to show them my original transcripts. Unlike US universities, they do not have any other mechanism to directly order “official transcripts”.

While I have one copy of the original transcripts with me and can arrange to send it there and have it certified as above, this process seems to be quite risky (in terms of potential loss of the original copy in transit). It will also not meet the deadlines.

I am in the process of contacting the schools here for alternatives to above, but doubt they'll make any exceptions. If you had a similar situation, please advise on how you handled this.

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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 22:48
That's weird. Don't they keep records of their past students?

Anyway, as far as missing the deadlines is concerned, for most of the schools, you only need to "self-report" the transcripts. So, the delay in getting the official transcripts shouldn't harm your applications. Just make sure that the official transcripts reach the schools after you apply and get selected, or get called for the interview .. depending on the target school's policies.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 23:19
just ask the schools if you can get the photocopies certified by your college principal? If so you can arrange somene back home to get it done.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 23:32
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That's weird. Don't they keep records of their past students?

Anyway, as far as missing the deadlines is concerned, for most of the schools, you only need to "self-report" the transcripts. So, the delay in getting the official transcripts shouldn't harm your applications. Just make sure that the official transcripts reach the schools after you apply and get selected, or get called for the interview .. depending on the target school's policies.


Neo, that is the process followed usually in India.

In order to get my transcripts, I had to take photocopies of my originals, and go to my university examination branch and submit them there.

Going in person is compulsory. The person can be a relative or friend also. Submitting photocopies is compulsory. The examination branches are too disorganized to take photocopies and take signatures and send as transcripts.

I did n't even rely on them to send the transcripts through courier. I requested my sister to go and collect transcripts. We just can't imagine how crappy things can be here in public universities.
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