8th Jul 2019 08:07:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

The recent state level review meeting of National Academic Depository (NAD) at Rajiv Gandhi University which was attended by representatives of various universities of Arunachal Pradesh carries a lot of significance for the students fraternity of the state. Through this meeting a lot of light was cast on the utilities of embracing digitization as an effective tool for safeguarding the hard earned academic credentials of the students, not merely for a limited time frame, but for  life time. It is actually an essential need for the academic world now and must be embarked upon to remain in consonance with the new world where digitization is making waves and changing a lot of things for the better.

From a student’s point of view it is easily understandable how much importance his or her academic proof viz. certificates, diplomas, degrees, mark-sheets etc. carry. These are the returns earned from investments of mental faculty, time and money spread over so many years and keeping them intact and safe from the attacks of bugs, mice, spillages, fire, rain etc. also remains a constant headache. But with the advent of digitization and coming into existence of National Academic Depository (NAD) since July 9, 2017 it is now a much easier task. And within this short period of time when it will be completing two years today itself, NAD has earned wide appreciation from various stakeholders which is a conglomeration of students and academic award holders, academic institutions/boards/eligibility assessment bodies, verifying entities such as employers, government bodies and many others that are a part of this broad ecosystem.

Set up by the Ministry of HRD and UGC, it is altogether a pan-India intended initiative and as a 24x7 online and safe storehouse of all academic awards it gives the freedom to students to access their certificates any time and authorise employers, banks etc. to view and verify them, thus minimizing the necessity of carrying the originals all the time and guaranteeing a much deserved mental relief. More importantly, it eliminates fraudulent practices such as forging of certificates and mark sheets and facilitates quick and hassle-free verifications entirely through online mode. In the west, this system is already in operation with roaring success and now that it is catching fast in the country is evident from the most current figures. At the end of June, 2019 the number of registered students at NAD had already crossed 5.5 lakhs, more than 4 crore awards digitized and participation from over 550 academic institutions.

NAD is indeed an all-in-one system displaying the true virtues of digitization and the students fraternity of Arunachal will be immensely benefited if more and more academic institutions join it.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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