Starting 2011, students across India will be able to get their
educational certificates at the click of a mouse, a radical move
that will help curb forgery of certificates.
Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal Tuesday
announced that students of schools, technical colleges and
universities will be able to get their certificates through a
centralized online pool — for a fee.
All school boards, technical colleges and universities will deposit
their educational degrees in a centralised online “depository”, he
told a news conference here.
“From the depository, students can get their certificates online by
paying a nominal fee. They can get a printout of their degrees from
home. This will help students, who otherwise have to run around for
it,” Sibal said.
If an employer wants to see whether documents furnished by a
candidate are genuine or not, it can contact the depository and
verify it by paying a nominal fee, Sibal added.
He said this would also eliminate the need for people to approach
educational institutions for verification of such degrees. It will
also reduce the need for institutions to preserve records related to
academic performance of students over a long time.
“The system will also reduce the scourge of fake certificates. The
system would ensure authenticity, fidelity and enabling online
verification,” Sibal added.
The minister said he had set up a task force comprising IIT-Kanpur
director Sanjay Dhande, IIT-Kozhikode director Debashis Chatterjee,
All-India Council for Technical Education chairman S.S. Mantha, UGC
vice-chairman Ved Prakash, Central Board of Secondary Education
chairman Veneet Joshi, a joint secretary of department of financial
services, and some senior officials from the HRD ministry.
The task force will submit a road map by March 31 this year. “We
will bring a legislation to implement it compulsorily,” Sibal added.
The system would be put in place by next year.
“Holding of academic qualification in an electronic depository
provides immense benefits to educational institutions, students,
alumni and employers by enabling online access of academic
qualifications,” he said.
“The system will be user friendly. Students, educational
institutions and employers all will get safety against forgery.”
The minister said the two depositories - National Security
Depository Ltd (NSDL) and Central Depository Services (India) Ltd (CDSL)
- are registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India. A
final decision on with whom the agreement will be signed will be
“It will be deposited like your share certificates. You can access
it from home, office and there will be no tension of losing or
displacing the certificates,” the minister added.