At present these certificates are issued in 10th and 12th Standards

Community, income and nativity certificates will be issued to students in the 6th standard itself from the current academic year, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa told the Assembly on Tuesday.

Making a suo motu statement, she said the new arrangement would avoid the delay in issuing these certificates, which were vital for scholarships, getting admission into hostels and higher educational institutions. It will benefit around 12 lakh students in the State every year.

At present these certificates are issued in the 10th and 12th standards. If a student joins a new school to pursue his higher secondary classes, his certificates issued in the school where he had previously studied will be verified again when he reaches 12th standard. In the case of a student continuing higher secondary education in the same school, there is no need for another verification.

The Chief Minister said a State Disaster Management Training Centre would be set up in Kancheepuram at a cost of Rs. 10 crore to provide training to officials of revenue, agriculture, national highways, rural development and many other departments to equip themselves to deal with natural disasters.

The institute will train them to take precautionary steps and to distribute relief and to undertake rehabilitation works. The Chief Minister said the institute would also function as a State-level training centre for revenue department officials.

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