The Free Press Journal | By | | Nov 24, 2016
Indore: National Academic Depository (NAD), a digital depository of academic awards constituted by the Central government, would be operational 24×7. In a letter addressed to vice chancellors and directors of institutes of national importance and IIMs, UGC secretary Jaspal S Sandhu said: “NAD will be an online store house of academic awards such as degrees, diplomas, certificates, mark-sheets, etc lodged by the academic institutions/boards/eligibility assessment bodies in a digital format. It will be on 24×7 online mode for making available academic awards and shall help in validating their authenticity, their safe storage and easy retrieval.” In its endeavour to bring administrative and academic reforms in the field of education through the use of information technology for delivery of efficient services to all stakeholders, the Centre established NAD on the pattern of securities depository.
“This is one of the steps towards Digital India vision of the Prime Minister which would be incomplete without the active participation of the academic institutions,” Sandhu said in the letter. NAD would comprise of two interoperable digital depositories namely NSDL Database Management Limited (NDML) and CDSL Ventures Limited (CVL). These digital depositories would keep the academic awards in the digital format and ensure data integrity. The Union government has designated the University Grants Commission (UGC) as an authorised body to enter into a tri-partite agreement, initially for a period of three years for the purpose of establishment of NAD. In turn, the UGC directed academic institutions/boards/ eligibility assessment bodies to select either NDML or CVL for entering into legally enforceable agreement between them and the selected depository for utilizing the services of NAD. “Model service level agreement which may be entered by the academic institution with the selected depository for on-boarding on NAD will be provided by the concerned depository,” the UGC letter states. Since the Centre has approved the establishment and operationalisation of NAD, institutions of higher learning have to enter into a service level agreement with either of the depositories for boarding on to NAD. To facilitate the implementation of NAD, the institutions have been advised to designate nodal officers and set up a NAD cell immediately under intimation to UGC. – Courtesy / UGC Circular : Published on 23/11/2016 : UGC Letter reg.: National Academic Depository (NAD)