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Implementation of the ‘Apostille’ Convention

With India’s accession to the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 abolishing the requirement of legalization of foreign public documents ( Government of India, Ministry of External Affairs at CPV Division, Patiala House will start issuing Apostilles w.e.f. August 29, 2007. Apostille stickers will be issued on the documents –personal like birth, death, affidavits, power of attorneys, marriage etc and educational documents like degree, diplomas, matriculation and secondary level certificates. However, commercial documents are excluded from the purview of the Convention.

Procedure: All documents should be first authenticated by the designated agencies in the State from where thedocument has been issued. In case of personal documents, Home Department/General Administration Department arethe designated authorities. In case of educational documents, State Governments have now opened Regional Authentication Centers (RACs) (see list) at various States from where the document should first be attested. Documents attested by these authorities then need to be presented to MEA for issue of Apostilles.

Fee: A fee of Rs. 50/- in form of Postal/Pay Order drawn in favour of PAO, MEA, New Delhi is payable for each Apostille sticker.

For further information the following may be contacted:

1. Section Officer (OI)
Ministry of External Affairs,
CPV Division, Patiala House Annexe,
Tilak Marg, New Delhi – 110001

2. Under Secretary (Ext. & OI)
MEA, CPV Division
Telefax: 23070486

3. Joint Secretary (Consular)
MEA, CPV Division
Telephone No: 23388015

4. Joint Secretary (CPV)
MEA, CPV Division
Telephone No.: 23387104
Fax: 23782821

Regional Authentication Centers (RACs)


(i). Shri K.S. Gopinathan Nair,
Regional Authentication officer,
Lotus villa, Sasthamangalam,
Tel: 0471-5575212 (O)

(ii). Shri N.K. Raveendran,
Additional Secretary, Govt. of Kerala,
40/9210-A, Dorai Swami Iyer Road, Ernakulam,
Tel: 0484-5583832, 5583834 (O)

(iii). Shri. P.A. Esak,
Joint Secretary, GAD, Govt. of Kerala,
2nd Floor, CDA Building, Zamorin's Square,
Railway Station Link Road, Kozhikode
Tel: 0495-2304882, 2304885 (O)


Shri. H.C Nagendra,
Deputy Secretary / Shri M.S. Mahanteshaiah,
Under Secretary, Home Department,Passport and Foreigners,
Room No.220, IInd Floor, Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore,
Tel: 080-22092540, 22092371 (O)


Smt. Seema Dhanderi, Joint Secretary, Shri. Kotwal,
Tel: 25375529
School Education and Sports Deparment,
4th Floor Mantralaya Annexe, Mumbai-400032
Tel: 02222024237 (O), 24367773 ®

4.Andhra Pradesh

Shri.K. Bikshamaiah, Joint Secretary (GPM & AR)
Shri M.A. Ghaffar, Joint Secretary(AIS),General Administration Department,
Old Reception Hall, Near Old Gate, A.P.Secretariat Buildings, Hyderabad
Tel: 040-23454823 (O)

5.Tamil Nadu

Public (Foreigners) Deparment,
Near Chief Secretary Officer,
Old Building, Third Floor, Chennai-9


(i) Smt. Joginder Kaur/Shri. Bakshi Ram,
Under Secretary, Department of Non- Resident Indian Affairs,
Government of Punjab, Ground Floor, Mini Secreetariat, Sector-9, Chandigarh.
(ii)Dr. Atamjit Singh, Deputy Director ( Colleges ),
Director of Public Instruction © Punjab, Chandigarh.

7.West Bengal

Shri. A.K. Barua, Section Officer, Home (Foreigner & NRI),
Shri.C. Raychaudhuri, Joint Secretary, (Home Deptt.) Department Writers Building,
Fax: 22145479


(i) Dr. Bhaskar G. Nair,
Director of Higher Education.Government of Goa,
Junta House, 2nd Lift, 5th Floor, Panaji, Goa.
Tel: 2425582/85, Fax: 2425582, Mobile: 9822802572
(ii) Dr. Colsa Pinto,
Director of Education, Government of Goa, Panaji-Goa.
(iii) Shri. Aleixo F da
Costa state Director of Craftsmen Training,
Sharma Shakti Bhavan, 3rd floor, Patto Plaza, Panaji, Goa 403001
(iv) Dr. Chandrasekhar,
Director, Directorate of Technical Education, Alto Prvorim Goa,
Tel: 0832-2413571, Fax: 2413571


(i) Dr. O.P. Gupta, Officer on Special Duty (OSD),
Department of Higher Education,
Room No 203, 2nd Floor,
Main Building, Government Secretariat, Rajasthan, Jaipur
Tel:0141-2227017(o) 9829132131(Mobile), 0141-2227017
Residence Address
Dr.O.P.Gupta, F-40, Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur(Rajasthan)
(ii)Shri Madhusudan Sharma
Tel: 0141-22227724(O),9950999703(Mobile), 0141-2227395 (Fax)
(iii) Shri K.K. Singhal
Tel: 0141-2227399 (O), 0141-2351535(R),

10.UT of Chandigarh

(i) Smt Kamla Bains,
District Education Officer, UT, Sector-42, Chandigarh
(ii) Sh. Gulzar Singh, Deputy Director Adult Education, UT, Sector-42, Chandigarh


Smt. R V Suchiang, IAS,
Commissioner & Secretary,
Education Department,Government of Meghalaya, Shillong


Sri Gopal Ji, Dy. Director, Higher Education, Human Resource Development Deptt.
Govt of Bihar, Patna (for Magadh Univeristy, Bodh Gaya)
(ii) Veer Kunwar Singh University, Ara
(iii)Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University,Bhagalpur.
2. Sri Vijay Kumar Himanshu, Dy. Director,
Higher Education for Patna University
3. Sri Sunil Kumar, Dy. Dir. Higher Education for
(a) Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambdekar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur
(b) Jai Prakash University, Chapra.
4. Sri Suryadeo Kumar Paswan, Asstt. Dir. Higher Education for
(a) Lalit Narain Mithila Univeristy, Darbhanga
(b) Bhupendra Narain Mandal University, Madhepura
(c) Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University, Darbhanga


Smt. S. Khandate, Under Secretary,
Higher Education Deptt. Direcotorate of Higher Education,
Satpura Bhwan, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh-462004


Shri R.Malsawrna, Under Secretary,
Higher & Technical Education Department, Govt of Mizoram.

15.Jammu & Kashmir

(i) Shri R.K.Sharma, Special Secretary to Government,
Technical Education Department, J & k, Civil Sectt.Jammu/Srinagar.
Tel: (J) 0191-2546284,
(K) 0194-2485765, 941940855(M)
(ii)Prof. (Dr) Ali Mohammad Mir, Principal, SP. College,
M.A.Road,Srinagar (J&K),
Fax: 0194-2476828, Mob-9419010839,
Residental Address-
Chandpora, Harwan, Srinagar, Kashmir191123,
Tel: 0194-2462156.
(iii) Prof. Vijay Kotwal,
Principal C.G.M. Sc. College, Jammu

16.Dadra and NagarHaveli, UT

(i) Shri V C Pandey, Director of Education, and
(ii) Shri D Balalah, Assistant Director of Education,
(Admin) of the Administration of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, UT, Silvassa.


Mr G.B.Niraula,
Joint Director (Examination) and Miss Diki Topeden,
Deputy Director (Examination) Human Resource Development,
Govt. of Sikkim, Gangtok, Sikkim

18.NCT of Delhi

Shri. D.M Khaneta,
Addl. D.E (Co-ordination)
Tel: 23814541(0)


Mr.P.N. Batham
Tel: 00522-2237918,2238113/3135
Shavkar Aggarwal,
Tel:2238414, 0522-2238113, (M)9337349739 Fax: 0522-2235594


(i) Shri B.C. Jena, Spl. Secy, Home Deptt.
(ii) Sh. Tarun Kanti Mishra, Prin. Secy
Asstt. To Spl. Secy.
Tel: 0674-2322512 Fax: 2238113, Mobile:09839077600

21.Himachal Pradesh

Secy (Edu)- Himachal, Mr. P. Mishra
Tel: 0177-2621894


Higher Education Commissioner/Director Higher Education,
Haryana in respect of Certificate(s)/degree(s) issued by Universities situated outside the State of Haryana
(ii) Registrar of the concerned University in the State which has issued the certificate (s)/diploma(s)/degree(s).
(iii) Director Secondary Education, Haryana in respect of certificate(s)/diploma(s)/degrees issued by National Open School, Central Board of Secondary Education, ICSE or any other State Board of Education in the country
(iv) The Secretary Board of School Education, Haryana, Bhiwani in respect of Matriculation and 10+2 certificates issued by it or by the Haryana Open School.


(i) K.S. Bisht, Under Secy. GED
(ii) Shri N.S. Dungariyal
Tel: 0135/2712802-Secy, GAD, Mr. M.s.Khan Ramesh Rawat Fax: 2712096 (ARO)


Dr. Jayanta Kumar Ray, Director,
Fax: 0412-2254590, (0) 0413-2257831


Shri.J.L.Patel, D.S
Shri.S.M.Mistry, U.S. GAD, Sachivalaya, Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

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