NATIONAL ACADEMIC DEPOSITORY (NAD):
National Academic Depository (NAD) is a Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India (MHRD) initiative. Aimed at facilitating digital storage of academic credentials of individuals as awarded by Academic Institutions, the scheme, a part of the “Digital India” initiative seeks to provide digitized access to and authentication of Academic Awards issued to an individual to whoever needs it under proper authorization.
NAD has been designed as a comprehensive system that would, on authorized demand, be capable of issuing Online Certificates and other relevant academic credentials to duly Registered Students logged with it. NAD directly integrates with certificate and degree awarding Boards / Universities to ensure authenticity of Academic Records stored at its digitized archive. Easily accessible and usable for various purposes such as employment, higher education, educational bank loan and the likes, these authenticated digital records are expected to substantially reduce the hassle of running after for attestation, duplicate copies of these records that are otherwise time consuming and also costly as of now.
ROLE OF MHRD:
To familiarize its intended stakeholders, the MHRD facilitated organisation of several “NAD Awareness Conferences” across the country in which Academic Institutions of various hues took part to gather a comprehensive understanding of the project. The Union Cabinet eventually accorded its approval and go ahead to the project in its meeting held on October 27, 2016.
Accordingly, a “National Steering Committee” comprising of members representing various Government Departments and Academic Institutions has also been formed to oversee the task of facilitating the formation, implementation and functionality of NAD System.
University Grants Commission (UGC) has been appointed as the nodal administrative body to oversee and ensure implementation of NAD in all Academic Institutions across the country. It has also been authorized to provide relevant policy and administrative support for a smooth operation of this project that would be operated by and between two digital depositories; namely CDSL Ventures Limited (CVL) and NSDL Database Management Limited (NDML), who would ensure the necessary hardware and software support for smooth operation of the project.
UGC-THE AUTHORIZED BODY
Consequent upon the approval accorded to it by the Union Government in exercise of powers conferred under section 20(1) of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, the UGC has been authorized to enter into a tripartite agreement on behalf of all Central Higher Educational Institutions (CHEIs), Institutions of National Importance (INIs) and Boards with the wholly owned subsidiaries of the depositories registered under SEBI Act, 1992, namely NSDL Database Management Limited (NDML) and CDSL Ventures Limited (CVL) initially for a period of three years. The chosen depositories shall serve as two interoperable digital depositories on whose platform the NAD shall be operated. The tripartite agreement with NSDL Database Management Limited (NDML) and CDSL Ventures Limited (CVL) for has since been executed and NAD operationalised and the eligible academic institutions / boards / eligible assessment bodies have been instructed to select one of the two depositories for entering into a legally enforceable agreement for utilizing services of NAD. Lodging, access, retrieval and validation of academic awards in the NAD will be primarily on the strength of this agreement.
NEHU: NEHU has already executed signed the Service Level Agreement (SLA) with NDML on November 13, 2017. Valid till September 30, 2019 and subsequently renewable further, this SLA empowers the university to lodge relevant academic records such as Degree Certificates, Mark Sheets and the likes issued by it into the NAD portal.
STUDENT : The NAD Registration is mandatory for student. To register on the NAD portal, the students are required to do as under: (student should have scanned copy of latest PP photo and signature in JPG / JPEG / TIFF format between 4KB - 100 KB ready).
1. Visit the NAD portal at https://nad.ndml.in/NAD/newStudentRegistrationScreen.html
2. Ensure that the name of the University has been correctly chosen.
3. Once the University is selected, follow the on screen instructions step by step to fill in the personal details.
4. Once all steps are completed submit for uploading.
5. Once Registration is completed, an acknowledgement for the same shall be issued.
Students should send the acknowledgement details to firstname.lastname@example.orgNEHU will verify and NAD-Id will be generated, which will be sent back to the student. Student should keep the NAD-Id carefully for future use.