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Dear All,
I have 7 months experience in HR domain and i left this job becoz my contract got ended. I got offer from one of growing R&D pharma company(Employee Size=200) as HR Coordinator. They are asking me deposit all Original educational certificate as a part of 2 yrs service agreement. kindly guide me can i join with that company or not.
I look forward for your valuable inputs.
Best Regards,

From India, Hyderabad
Dear Anil,
Holding original documents of an employee is not ethical. A company can take original documents just to scrutinized or verifying it. No company should not do this however it is not against of law so, If you have not any problem in depositing your original education documents and you are satisfied with other aspects of this job like compensation and benefits, work environment, Company reputation then you can accept this job

From Pakistan, Karachi
Dear Anil,
Are you really prepared to deposit your educational certificates with a Company?
Please consider the worst case scenario - In case you want to leave the Company (for whatsoever reason) and they refuse to return your certificates, what will you do? Is the job worth this risk? Please use your common sense, choice is yours.
I would suggest that you should not hand over your original educational certificates to anyone.
Ritesh Shah

From India, Pune
Yes, i do accept with Mr. Ritesh comments, please don’t deposit the originals to any company at any case unless for verification.
From India, Hyderabad
If at all your analysis show that this is the best job for you, and in reality also it may be so. However, under any circumstances do not deposit your originals not only to this organisation, but to anyone else too, in your future life. Originals are required for many other purposes too, like applying for passport, applying for educational loan etc. Require your special attention to Mr Ritesh Shah's comments above... I fully agree with him. Talk to concerned HR about any other kind of Security / Bond, but do not accept the job at the cost of surrendering Originals.
From India, Mumbai
Suppose, due to some unfortunate accident in your company, all the valuable get lost, including your certificate..... Imagine the scenario..... Actually you should advise the company against this practice for the reason mentioned in the first sentence of mine..
We are all working in a democratic country and such practices are not in tune with the times....

From India
Dear Mr. Hackernil
I second opinion of the above members like Mr. Shah etc.
You should never compromise with any demand for your personal, hard earned belongings. The most you can present them for verification under the assurance that those original belongings will be returned intact.
As one of the members suggested, if you need them before end of the so called bond period for some reasons, what will you do. They will make you to beg & cry for your own property. Don't surrender in front of such unethical tactics. There could be many better organisations, who will respect you, your belongings (not asking to possess) and offer you career opportunities without making you a bonded labourer. And even a bond is not seems to be a worth considerable one, not accepted by law in India. Better you look for an another opportunity rather than stooping in front of this company.
All the best

From India, Pune
Correct advice has been given by every one... Ideally you should follow what they say... But (there is always a but every where...:-) )...
Organizations have bonds... they are illegal... They ask for originals... that's illegal as well... but that's also reality! Would you like to forego an opportunity for this purpose alone that it is illegal? So here my question to you...
Is the opportunity worth enough to take a risk? Think about it and if you decide to go ahead and take the offer, here is what you do.
You make multiple copies of all the documents and have it attested by competent authority as "true copy". They are legally valid in all formats as a direct replacement of the original documentation. If in the worst case, the organization does not give you your originals, your life doesn't hit a brick wall but moves along just fine, giving you the space you need to screw the company up if required...:-)
Have a good one...
Navneet Chandra

From India, Delhi
Dear friends,
As you know some employers still uses this unethical method with a view to detain their employees atleast within the contract period instead of pinning down them with bonds which would involve tedious litigation in courts.. However it's your decision how to approach this problem. If the job is lucrative and you are expected to be comfortable with this job you can do so. It's purely individuals' choice. The catch here is, as others pointed out, what if you wish to quit within the contract period,you run the risk of sacrificing your originals. (However it's always possible to obtain duplicate copies of your originals from the concerned Institutions which otherwise time consuming, a painful and tension and feel helpless when in times of need.) Consider all pros and cons and decide for yourself. There is no omnibus solution to this.

From India, Bangalore
I agree all with u....Certificates are precious....U go with an agrement to the company....ASk ur HR whether in any case i want to left the job...At that u will give back....and take one written copy from them with all signs...who are above
From India, Visakhapatnam
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