India's Education system is rather different from here in the US. India has two different types of universities. One type is residential and offers on-campus classroom education. The other type either does not offer any classroom education or only offers Master's classes and has a number of affiliated schools & colleges. For example, all IIT's and IIM's falls under the first category, whereas the University of Delhi or University of Mumbai would fall under the second category. In the US all bachelor degrees, irrespective of major subject or discipline are known as Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts, but it is different in India. A bachelors degree with commerce as the major would be known as B.Com, a bachelor degree with history as major would be known as B.A. and a bachelor degree with physics as major would be known as B.Sc. The same criteria apply to Master degrees.
Social Security Numbers issued in the US have no relevance in India. A date of birth is helpful to identify a candidate but records are not usually maintained by date of birth. Records are often identified using the student's father's name in the case of an unmarried male or female student, and the husband's name in the case of married females.
Computerization of records is in progress in all educational institutions/schools in India. However, except for the IIT's, IIM's and newly established educational institutions, most of the schools are dependent on old non-computerized records. These are in paper form and are highly voluminous. It can take a long time for schools to dig out old volumes.
To get verifications processed from an IIT or IIM, if we give them name of candidate, year of graduation and name of degree earned, it may suffice but to get faster response from most of the educational institutions in India, we suggest for following input information:
1) Name of applicant during attendance at University/School
2) Name & at least location of school attended
3) Dates attended or date of graduation
4) Exact name of degree earned like B.A./B.Com/B.Sc/B.E.
5) Roll Number/Registration Number/Hall Ticket Number
6) A copy of diploma certificate
7) Copy of release or authorization