Giving an emphasis to ‘Digital India’ initiative, BFUHS or Baba Farid University of Health Sciences has constituted a special cell for issuing digital certificates or degrees to its students. The major objective of BFUHS is to regulate the usage of paper. The special cell that will issue digital degrees or certificates will preserve the certificates or degrees digitally under the NAD or National Academic Depository.
National Academic Depository is one of the finest initiatives of the central government. NAD is a kind of bank where students will have digital accounts for preserving and procuring their digital documents that are issued by the university.
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For instance, if a student is in need of transcription of his/ her certificate anywhere across the globe, he/ she can easily access the documents/ certificates from his digital account through National Academic Depository. NAD is highly beneficial to students as they will not have to visit the university in the emergencies to obtain certificates.
During the initial years, NAD will provide free services to the students for preserving the certificates. After two years, it will charge a minimal fee for preserving documents. Certificates preserved in NAD will not be prone to any risk. His or her respective Aadhaar number will identify each student. Therefore, there is no chance of fake degrees or certificates in the depository.
Recently, former President of India Pranab Mukherjee launched National Academic Depository. During the launching ceremony, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar advised the VCs of various universities to adopt the practice at the earliest.