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Cabinet clears Academic depository Bill

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NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Tuesday cleared a Bill that seeks to create a national database of academic qualifications in DMAT format, which will authenticate and reissue certificates. The National Academic Depository Bill 2011 will now be tabled in Parliament.

The database will be established in an electronic format by an identified registered depository, with all institutes, including school boards, the Indian Institutes of Technology, the National Institutes of Technology and polytechnics from different States having linkages to the depository.

The database will help the administration effectively deal with forged certificates and fake degree rackets, and enable online verification and easy retrieval of particulars of academic qualifications.Students will also benefit for, they need not worry about spoilage of certificates over time and getting their certificates attested, official sources said.

The Cabinet also approved amendments to the National Institutes of Technology Act to include the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) under its purview. It incorporated some suggestions of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill. The NIT Act (Amendment) is aimed at including the five IISERs and 10 new NITs within the ambit of the Act so as to empower them to award degrees.

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