On October 27, the Union Cabinet approved the establishment of a National Academic Depository (NAD), which would make all academic degrees, school certificates and other awards digitally available for verification purposes.
PTI reports state that the Depository would be set up over the next three months and rolled out throughout the country in 2017-18.
The NAD will register schools and colleges, eligibility assessment bodies, students, and other users like verifying entities – banks, employers, and government agencies.
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“It would train and make it easier for various establishments, institutes and boards to lodge the data of the student on a digital database…It will provide digital or a printed copy of the academic award with security features to the students or other authorised users. NAD will verify academic awards online on the same day of request initiated by any authorised user,” the release said.
If potential employers and other academic institutions seek access to particular data like academic awards, these will be provided only with the permission of the student. Additionally, academic institutions would be solely responsible for the authenticity of the uploaded digital data.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar told The Hindu that with such a system in place it would become much easier to spot fake degrees.
NAD would be run by NSDL Database Management Limited (NDML) and CDSL Ventures Limited (CVL), which are subsidiaries of depositories registered under the Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Act, 1992.