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Mumbai university students to get degrees online in a month

PUBLISH DATE 23rd February 2018

MUMBAI: Mumbai University’s students will finally be able to access their degrees online. The long-pending plan to create a digital record of all academic certificates finally took shape this year.
The graduating students of 2017, conferred convocationcertificates on Thursday, will be the first batch to benefit from the academic depository. “The students will be allowed to access their certificates digitally by using their Aadhaar cards and mobile details from the National Academic Repository (NAD),” said a university official. The announcement was made at the convocation ceremony.

While uploading of certificates on NAD has commenced, university students will be allowed to access them in a month. Each will be told to create a permanent account using their Aadhaar and mobile numbers on the NAD portal. Till then, most colleges would have distributed physical copies of degrees to students, said the official. The depository will initially have degree certificates but marksheets will be uploaded later. The university also plans to upload documents of students from batches before 2017.

The online repository is not only a permanent and safe record of documents but can be used at any time and anywhere to access academic awards. Prospective employers can get documents verified online, and from a reliable source. The copies will be authenticated too. Students need not worry about spoiling or damaging their academic records, said an official.

Around 1.87 lakh students graduated in 2017 – 15% more than the previous year. Most graduating students – over a lakh – were girls. Among the 44 medallists, 39 were girls. About 320 candidates were awarded PhD degrees. The gold medallists were felicitated by the chief guest at the event, scientist and former president of ISRO, A S Kiran Kumar. Acting VC Devanand Shinde, acting pro-vice-chancellor V N Magare, and acting director of examinations, Arjun Ghatule were present.

Kiran Kumar said in his convocation address, “Exploiting technology to tackle social issues and to empower disadvantaged groups remains significantly under-explored.” He also discussed the benefits of geospatial technology. “It is just possible that for our immediate and short-term gains we are causing irreparable damage to our environment… It requires implementation of environment-friendly technologies which are efficient and adaptable to local conditions without ignoring traditional wisdom and knowledge,” he said. He stressed that Indian universities should make learning conducive like universities abroad, to restrain students from going there.

In 15 days, affiliated colleges will hold their own degree distribution ceremonies. The convocation was delayed by a month this year due to the unprecedented delays in announcement of results last year.

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