Centre for Archives and Digitization (CAD)

Concept of National Academic Depository (NAD)

The Union Cabinet has approved establishing a digital depository of academic awards to be known as National Academic Depository (NAD) on the pattern of securities depository in its meeting held on 27th October, 2016.Consequent upon the approval of Cabinet, the Government in exercise of powers conferred under section 20(1) of University Grants Commission Act,1956 has designated University Grants Commission (UGC) as an authorised body 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 for the purposes of establishment of NAD comprising of two interoperable digital depositories.

Features of NAD

  • Operate in fully online mode
  • Allow lodging of Academic awards in a digital format, maintaining the integrity of access to the database and of the awards lodged in the database.
  • Allow students to retrieve their lodged academic awards at any time.
  • Allow employers and other person with prior approval of the concerned student to verify the authenticity of any academic award.
  • Maintain the authenticity, integrity and confidentiality of the database.

Benefits of NAD for Academic Institutions

  • Permanent and safe record of keeping all academic awards issued
  • No need for issuing duplicate academic awards, students can get it from NAD
  • Effective deterrence to fake and forged paper certificates
  • All academic awards verification needs can be addressed by NAD
  • Efficient, effective and transparent administration.

Benefits of NAD for Students

  • Immediate availability of academic awards upon upload by Academic Institution
  • Online, permanent record of academic awards
  • No risk of losing, spoiling, damaging the academic awards
  • Anytime, anywhere and convenient access to academic awards

Benefits of NAD for verification Users (Employer Companies, Banks etc.)

  • Online, quick and reliable verification of academic awards (with prior consent of the student concerned)
  • Access to authenticated copy of academic awards
  • No risk of fake and forged Certificates.
  • Reduction in cost, time and efforts for verification

IISER Bhopal Depository System

IISER Bhopal has entered into a Service level agreement(SLA) with Central Depository Services India Ltd.(CDSL), Mumbai. Therefore, all the registered students of IISER Bhopal are requested to get register themselves for NAD under CDSL by providing Aadhar details..

Roles & Responsibilities of Students of IISER Bhopal

  • Register on CDSL depository by providing Aadhar details.
  • Avails Unique NAD ID in case of non-availability of Aadhar
  • Submits Aadhaar / Unique NAD ID to the academic office of IISER Bhopal
  • for verification and seeding into award data
  • Views & accesses all awards online at any time in single account


      Dr. R. K. Mishra
      Dean, Academic Affairs

      Ms. Ruchi Srivastava
      Assistant Librarian
      Centre for Archives and Digitization (CAD)
      Nodal Officer to NAD IISER Bhopal
      Phone: +91 755 269 2305