National Academic Depository (NAD) is an initiative of Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India (MHRD) to facilitate digital issuance, storage, access and verification of Academic Awards issued by Academic Institutions. NAD is a Unique, Innovative and Progressive initiative under “Digital India” theme towards achieving Digital enablement of the Education Records.
NAD aspires to make the vision of Digital Academic Certificates for every Indian a reality. This touches the lives of Indian youth and empowers them with Digital, Online, Trusted, Verifiable Certificates which are accessible in a secure manner at all times. NAD promises to do away with difficulties / inefficiencies of collecting, maintaining, and presenting physical paper certificates.
NAD is a complete system for Issuing Online Certificates to Well Identified and Registered Students. NAD integrates directly with Boards / Universities who issue Certificates and hence ensures Authenticity of Certificate Records.
NAD will develop an online portfolio of all education certificates for every Citizen across Academic Institutions (Universities / Boards / Assessment Bodies) which can be submitted easily for employment, higher education, and loan and is easily trusted and verified.
NAD will be an active online place for Students, Academic Institutions and Verification Users. NAD brings in deterrence factor for people who wish to think that paper certificates can be easily forged / created and as verification processes are costly and inefficient they can use the arbitrage. By doing so it also brings trust and credibility to genuine certificate holders and makes their certificates trusted and easily accepted.
MHRD has facilitated in conducting “NAD Awareness Conferences” across the country which were participated by all Academic Institutions to understand the NAD, its features, benefits and working. Formation and implementation of NAD has been approved by “Union Cabinet” in its meeting held on October 27, 2016.
MHRD has also formed a “National Steering Committee” comprising of representatives of various Departments of the Govt., Officers from Academic Institutions to review the formation, implementation and functional of NAD System.
MHRD has appointed University Grants Commission (UGC) as the nodal administrative body for overseeing and ensuring the implementation of NAD in all Academic Institutions across the country and providing relevant policy and administrative support.
NSDL Database Management Limited (NDML), is a 100% Subsidiary of “National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL)”. NSDL is a Depository registered with SEBI under the Depository Act. NDML has been appointed by MHRD & UGC to develop and operate NAD system and provide NAD services to Users as the Depository of NAD.