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Be ready for digital degrees, certificates from 2017: Javadekar

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The central government is working towards ensuring that degrees and certificates are given to students in digital format from the 2017 academic session onwards, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar has revealed.

Speaking at the national conference for awareness on National Academic Depository in the national capital, Human Resource Department (HRD) Minister Javadekar said: “There is a need to take pledge and that pledge is by 2017, all degrees and board certificates, everything will go in digital format.”

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched Digital India campaign and wants to make the whole apparatus as digital.

Apart from giving away certificates in digital format, the minister said, every student would also be able to upload their other certificates and awards.

“Every student will also get an opportunity to put other awards which he has won earlier on it after proper authentication. So his whole profile is available in one click.”

Stressing on the need to prepare the mindset to change, the union minister said the problem today is that although change is taking place at a fast pace in the world, minds are not with equal pace.

The HRD ministry has fast-tracked work on setting up a virtual database under which all academic records will be available in digital format, to curb the menace of fake educational degrees and marksheets, according to reports,.

It is believed creation of a digital database will benefit recruiters who want to get the credentials of applicants. It will also eliminate the need to physically approach the university.

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