While presenting the Union Budget 2016-17 in the Parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced a digital depository for school leaving certificates. As a part of Digital India initiative, the digital depository will be a one stop shop for keeping all education related certificates of school and colleges. It will allow for easy storage, retrieval and verification of certificates as and when required. Also Read - Government rolls back 29.44% import duty on mobile phone componentsAlso Read - Union Budget 2016-17: TCS and Wipro hail SEZ scheme extension, digital plans
With an estimate fund of Rs 1,000 crore, a higher education financing agency will be setting up the digital depository. FM Jaitley also mentioned that 10 private and 10 public educational institutes will be made world-class. Having a digital depository is a good move as it will also eliminate the need of keeping the physical marksheets safe and secure.
Last year in July, PM Narendra Modi had launched the Digital India project under which Digital Locker facility was also introduced. The portal digilocker.gov.in is linked with Aadhar card letting users store scanned copied of their documents such as passport, PAN card, driving license and more safely and securely. The site is secured and allows users to access their documents from anytime and from anywhere.