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Soon, there will be no need for physical authentication of educational certificates

By Deepika

In a revolutionary move that will benefit students, the National Securities Depository Limited has started the process of dematerialising education certificates.

It is an initiative undertaken by ministry of Human Resource and Development for digital issuance, storage and access of all academic certificates issued by academic institutions in the country, will be implemented through NSDL Database Management Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of NSDL which is the largest depository of India.

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Under NAD every student will have a digital account to which all certificates issued by various academic institutions will be credited in digital format. Students will be identified uniquely by their Aadhaar number. NAD will eliminate paper, mitigate the risk of fake and forged certificates and enable online, electronic authentication of certificates by employers and higher education institutions.

The CBSE has been the first to share the exam results of 27 lakh students with NSDL Database Management, reports ToI.

With this the task of maintaining a database of exam records over the years gets outsourced. The academic institutions can plug into the NAD and verify the marks obtained by students in lower-level examinations.

There will soon be no need for physical authentication of educational certificates during admissions. Also, employers can directly access students' examination records, and do not have to worry about the authenticity of mark sheets.

Although the NSDL gets rid of paper certificates, academic institutions would continue to issue certificates for some time, education department officials said.

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