Students in India to get D-mat account to store and access their educational certificates

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The initiative by Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), National Academic Depository (NAD)-for the digital storage and access of all academic certificates issued by academic institutions in the country, will soon be implemented through NSDL Database Management Limited (NDML). The National Academic Depository was launched by President Pranab Mukherjee in the presence of Human Resource Development minister Prakash Javadekar and minister of state for MHRD Mahendra Nath Pandey. The MHRD along with the University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) during "National Conclave on Digital Initiatives in Higher Education" announced the decision at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Under NAD initiative, 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 by their Aadhaar number. NAD will mitigate the risk of fake certificates and enable online, electronic authentication of certificates by employers and higher education institutions. Besides the National Academic Depository, Pranab Mukherjee also launched "Swayam", a large portal of massive open online courses for Indian students and "Swayam Prabha", a package of 32 online DTH channels dedicated to higher educational content.

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G V Nageswara Rao, MD & CEO, NSDL said that 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. CBSE is the first academic institution to join NAD through NDML. CBSE certificates for the academic year 2016-17 have been made available in NAD.

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