University of Mumbai is planning to start a National Academic Depository (NAD) in order to maintain database of academic qualifications of students in a systematic way. With the depository, the students of MU would be able to obtain mark sheets and degrees from this electronic database.
The Depository is said to be implemented from the next academic year. NAD will facilitate online verification and easy retrieval of academic records helping the students by removing the need to physically approach the educational institutions to obtain attestations/transcripts of certificates. The database will also deal with issues of forged certificates since it has the facility of online verification.
The aim and objective of NAD is to develop database of academic records and secure them in electronic form and provide interface for verification of academic records of the candidates to the employers and other institutions on the consent of the candidate. It will also help to reduce attempts of fake academic certificates such as mark sheets and convocation certificates as the certificates can be verified from the depository.
According to reports, NAD will also ask other Universities and Boards to verify records of the candidate from NAD who are seeking admission for higher studies there. The system will also eliminate printing of physical mark sheets at University and authorise digitally signed mark sheets. Convocation certificates will be printed with various securities and the images shall be stored on depository along with database of convocation awards.
The students can use the NAD database for duplicate certificates, attested copies. It is stated that academic details of a student from different states, universities would also be available on the same page. Education boards, schools, colleges will register students and link their certificates. Registration of students will be done after verification of proof of identity.