The Ministry of Human Resources Development has now come up with an innovative initiative National Academic Depository, (NAD) so as to enable students to keep soft copies of all of their academic certificates issued by academic institutions in the country. The move is to curb the fake certificates problem. The ministry’s plan is to digitally issue, store and provide access to all academic certificates to the students.
Recently, at “National Conclave on Digital Initiatives in Higher Education”, an impressive ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India, University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) got together and this announcement was made.
The ceremony was attended by Vice Chancellors of all the Universities in India, Directors / Heads of IITs, IIMs and other Academic Institutions.
With NAD, students everywhere will be issued a digital account to which all certificates issued by various academic institutions will be credited in digital format. Aadhaar Number will be qualified uniquely as mark of identity of the student.
Paper will be eliminated from the picture, there will be least risk of fake and forged certificates and moreover, online, electronic authentication of certificates will also be enabled by this move.
Speaking on the occasion, G V Nageswara Rao, MD & CEO, NSDL said, “NDML is proud to be part of NAD initiative and NDML looks forward to bringing to educational sector the same benefits that NSDL as a securities depository brought to capital markets.”
The academic institution first to join NAD through NDML is Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Certificates for the academic year 2016-17 by the CBSE are available in NAD.
Predidemt Pranab Mukherjee also curtailed-off “SWAYAM”, a large portal of massive open online courses for Indian students and “SWAYAM Prabha”, a bouquet of 32 online DTH channels dedicated to higher educational content at the same event, along with National Academic Depository.