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National Academic Depository (NAD) is an important initiative of Government of India facilitated by Ministry of Human Resource Development to facilitate issuance, storage and access of academic awards in an online depository system on the pattern of Securities Depository.

Academic Institutions, Students and Verification Users (Employers, Banks, Consulates, Academic Institutions) are the main stakeholders in NAD system. MHRD has appointed NSDL Database Management Limited to operate the NAD system as a Depository.

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 not only a database copy of the certificate records for Academic Institutes but a complete system for Issuing Online Certificates to Well Identified and Registered Students. It will be an active online place for Students, Academic Institutes 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.

NAD will develop an online portfolio of all education certificates which can be submitted easily for employment, higher education, and loan and are easily trusted and verified. NAD integrates directly with Boards / Universities which issue Certificates and hence ensure Authenticity of Certificate Records.

Important services that NAD will provide:

  1. Disseminate Information about NAD System, its features & Participating Academic Institutes.
  2. Facilitate Academic Institutes to participate in NAD system.
  3. Facilitate & Train Academic Institutes to Securely Lodge Certificates in NAD system.
  4. Facilitate Academic Institutes to Update / Rectify the Certificate Records with updated / supplementary information.
  5. Relieve the burden of Academic Institutes in maintaining online database of academic certificates and providing verifications / duplicate certificates.
  6. Facilitate Academic Institutes to maintain important data masters.
  7. Facilitate Academic Institutes to Communicate with Students.
  8. Register Students on NAD System & Map Certificate Records to Students.
  9. Facilitate Issuance of Online & Physical Certificates to Students.
  10. Facilitate Students to access their Certificate Records at all times.
  11. .Facilitate Students to Authorise other Entities (Academic Institutes, Employers, Banks, VISA Consulates, Government Authorities) to access Digital Copy of the Certificate and Verify the details;
  12. .Facilitate Students to apply for and obtain Duplicate / Authenticated Copy of the Certificate.
  13. Develop a broader overview of the Indian Education sector and provide trends, observations and analytics on Enrolment, Progression, Preferences and Outcomes

Verifiers

You can submit Verifier registration form to the depository. Depository will verify the details and process your application. You can create users to use NAD system.

This can be done online using your NAD User Log-In. You can request for a certificate verification based on certificate details such as issuing AI Name, Course details, Year of passing, Student Roll Number. You can also verify the certificate using NAD issued Certificate ID.

System will receive your request and notify the concerned student to approve / reject the request. Based on approval of the student you will be able to verify the certificate.

The certificate would be made immediately available to you for verification after the student has provided his / her consent.

If the student does not accord approval within reasonable time, the request is dropped. You will be required to raise a fresh request, if you wish to verify the said award.

No. Any award can be verified by you only with the explicit approval of the student.