The Government of India nominated CDSL to operate the National Academic Depository (NAD) which will hold academic awards like mark sheets, degree certificates, diploma certificates, provisional certificates, skill certificates, transcripts, convocation certificates, and transfer certificates, issued by academic institutions (AIs). The NAD project is one of the high profile Digital India initiatives that mandates academic institutions to dematerialize student academic records and enable electronic verification by agencies like employers, background checkers, academic institutions, banks, visa consulates, and other domestic and overseas evaluation bodies. NAD would be available online 24x7 to the stakeholders. The certificates available in the platform are pre-verified. Verifiers have to go no further than download the record and treat it as verified.
The academic depository is probably the first of its kind in the world and provides a platform which is likely to be emulated in other countries. This initiative brings together institutions at disparate levels of IT maturity to participate in the national digital academic depository ecosystem. This facilitates near-total elimination of fake and forged awards. There is no risk of loss of physical awards since the same is available online and there is no need to attest copies. Also, this reduces storage and manpower requirements of academic institutions, and provides a unified platform for grievance lodging and redressal.