New Delhi: With Government’s online academic database initiative, incidences of forged certificates will soon become a thing of the past. Now, there is no need to be scared if you have lost your original marksheet and certificates.

The national online database will facilitate electronic verification of documents and marksheets issued by boards and universities, thereby identifying attempts made to use fake and forged academic certificates for availing jobs.

Special digital archives will also be maintained in order to keep the documents safe.

Informing about this new technology, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday said that the academic database system will soon go online. He also said that a draft for the same is already ready and a Bill will be presented in the upcoming session of Parliament.

“This will be a national database for all academic qualification in electronic format. It would facilitate electronic verification of academic awards and therefore we can identify which are fake and genuine degrees,” he said.

He also hoped that after the Bill becomes an Act all the documents will be kept safe in the archives. “All the education documents will be maintained by the National Academy Depository in the next 3-4 years,” he added.

The interface will provide access to CBSE to the database and facilitate the board to efficiently lodge in the database to monitor the academic qualifications awarded by it.

“The depository will be available to CBSE free of cost for three months and thereafter it may be implemented at a fee to be decided mutually by the CBSE and the depositories,” Sibal said.

Entities that are desirous of availing electronic verification of the academic awards of the above mentioned examinations can register online on https://nad.ndml.in/NAD, www.ndml.in and http://www.nad.co.in

“It would also ensure that the CBSE database is, at all times, accessible online to authorised persons,” said CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi.

Notably, CBSE under the pilot programme has already initiated the services as part of an experiment.

(JPN/Bureau)