So you walk up to a bank and say, ‘Hey, I am student of so and so college and I need an educational loan’ or perhaps you say, ‘Hey I work in so and so organization and I need a home loan’! Come on mister! Why should the bank trust you? You can show faked or forged documents! Thus, you will need something to prove that your claim is authentic. What is that thing? It is none other than the ‘Bonafide Certificate’.
So, to sum up,
“A Bonafide Certificate is a certificate that will validate your claim that you are actually from an educational institution or an organization that you are claiming to be from.”
What if the certificate is forged?
Yes, it can be! But not that easy. A Bonafide Certificate is issued by an authority who has been given the right to issue the same. The person who is issuing the certificate will have to not only sign and mention the designation he or she holds but will also have to provide the official seal that is used by the institution or the organization.
Based on the seal and the designation and also the name, a quick verification can reveal the truth. So, it is very unlikely that a person will forge a Bonafide Certificate and get away with it.
Why will you need a Bonafide Certificate?
We have already answered but to reiterate, it is required to prove that you are actually who you claim to be and that there is some organization or institution which accepts you as a member (employee or student) of the same. So basically, by issuing the certificate, the organization or the institution becomes a guarantor of your claims.
How to apply for a Bonafide Certificate?
You need to write a letter to the concerned person. You need to cite the specific reason for which you will need the certificate. Unless your letter has the reason properly mentioned, the authority will not issue the certificate.
You may be invited by a company that works with proprietary software for industry experience for a specific period of time. Now, since the company produces proprietary software, it is very reasonable for the company to make sure that you are actually the person you claim to be and not an agent of a competitor company only trying to steal information. The company has every right to ask for a Bonafide Certificate.
So, now when you apply for a Bonafide Certificate, you need to specifically state the reason for the request (which in this case is industry experience) and you also need to mention the name of the company, the duration for the industry experience work etc. If you miss something, the certificate issuing authority may ask you to rewrite the application letter again and include the missing information.
What kind of details will be there in a Bonafide Certificate?
This will depend on who you actually are. Here are some scenarios (almost exhaustive set provided):
Scenario 1: You are a school student
The Bonafide Certificate that will be issued to you will contain:
- Your name.
- Your class.
- Your admission number.
- Your date of birth (this is actually optional).
- The name of the school.
- The address of the school.
Scenario 2: You are a final year college student working on a project
- Your name.
- The year of course you are pursuing.
- Your date of birth (optional).
- Your admission number.
- The name of project you are working on.
- The name of project supervisor or guide.
- Academic qualification of the supervisor/guide.
- Designation of the supervisor/guide.
- Name of the institution where you are studying.
- Complete postal address of the institution.
- The project report will be attached with the Bonafide Certificate.
Scenario 3: You are a working person (i.e. employee of some organization)
- Your name.
- Your contact number and contact address.
- Your employee ID.
- Your designation.
- Your nature of work.
- Name of the organization you work for.
- Complete address of the company you work for.
- The signature of your site manager or simply manager or some other authority you directly report to.
We need to say that these are the usual information found in a Bonafide Certificate depending on the person who is requesting for it. However, there may be fewer information or more information. As long as all necessary and verifiable information are covered, the certificate is good enough to be accepted.
You may be looking for a format as a guide but it is really irrelevant. Different institutions and organizations have different formats. You don’t really need to worry about the format. They will always use a format which is acceptable everywhere else.
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