The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to work with the National Academic Depository (NAD) so as to reduce the circulation of false degrees. This move is also set to help in the ease of verification while providing the degrees as well.
NAD or National Academic Depository is an initiative of the Government of India towards the Digitalisation Movement in India. NAD is a digital platform, in fact, a digital storehouse for different types of Academic documents such as Degrees, Certificates, Mark Sheets and/or diplomas etc. With the start of the initiative, the aim has been to reduce the usage of fake degrees and certificates. Sources state this will help in the verification of documents and act as not only storage of the academic documents, but also as a method for recovery and verification of the documents as well. This will also help the administration of various institutions and Universities to not keep physical documents of such academic records as well, they added.
The agreement between UGC and NAD had been done in a meeting that had been conducted on the Kalina campus of the University of Mumbai. As per sources, 10 lakh degrees have already been uploaded to the digital platform, meanwhile, efforts are being made in the way of participation drive for other educational institutions to partake in the move as well. The entire process has been expected to end in a matter of six months, sources state. The Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University, Suhas Pednekar, has stated that the move acts a “matter of pride” and will make a huge difference in lifting the competency of the educational institutions.
Sources state, that a facility has been introduced which will facilitate video conferencing with the Principals, Teachers as well as the Students from different affiliated colleges of the University of Mumbai. They added that the Vice-Chancellor of the varsity was able to communicate with the representative of 36 different colleges with the help of this facility on Tuesday, 9th July 2019. In a statement made by the Varsity, the facility will be able to connect with 200 colleges at one time and can be availed on smartphones as well as Laptops.