I have requested for a certificate from my college and received the same. In that certificate I am seeing one grammatical error. But I just want to confirm.

Here is the sentence in question:

He has passed the course and the medium of instruction for the entire course of study is in English

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    If the medium of instruction for the entire course of study is ''still'' English, you shouldn't change that is with was.
    – Grizzly
    Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 23:15
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    Assuming that the course is still given in the form in which you took it, then is represents the enduring present. Instruction was in English when you took it, it's taught that way now, and it's likely to be taught that way in the foreseeable future.
    – deadrat
    Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 23:17
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    For the reasons @deadrat explains, either could, with equal justification, have been used. I would, however, point to a slight grammatical error in your OP. The verb request does not take a preposition, so we do not request for but simply request e.g request a certificate. Though if you had used ask, it would have been necessary to ask for a certificate.
    – WS2
    Commented Jan 19, 2016 at 0:05

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In this example, "is in English" is correct because (presumably) the course is still available and being taught. If the course were only available once, and you happened to participate in that offering, then it would be in the past and you would say "was in English".

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