The students of Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Indian School Certificate (ISC) from now onwards can have access to the digital versions of their marks sheets and certificates anytime and anywhere. This move comes as part of Digital India campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also, this move will be highly appreciated by the present generation for they are Internet savvy and believes in doing all the things online instead of carrying hard copy of the documents. The service will be introduced from this year itself.
To upload the documents, register the certificates, marks sheets, pass certificates and admit card on the system, the Aadhaar card number of the candidates will be necessary.
Unlike the old practice where the candidates were supposed to download the scanned image of the hard copy of marks sheet / or get it from their respective schools after the Board exams have been declared, all they have to do now is to open an account with ‘http://digilocker.gov.in and give their mobile number and follow the steps thereafter. Also, from this year onwards the council will also make digitally signed copies of the statement of marks and the pass certificates available to candidates via DigiLocker in addition to the traditional hard copies. In addition digitally signed migration certificates will also be made available to ISC candidates.
The signed documents can be mailed in the same way the hard documents are presented for professional/career reasons. The documents will be stored in Digital locker (DigiLocker) of each candidate. CISCE has partnered with the department of electronics and information technology to extend the DigiLocker facility to Class 10(ICSE) and 12(ISC) examinations candidates in affiliated schools.
DIGILOCKER – DigiLocker is a cloud-based platform introduced by the government through which important documents are digitally protected. It is for issue and verification of documents such as marksheets, driving license, domicile certificate and so on. As it is Aadhaar-enabled authentication, hence it is for sure that fake documents are eliminated. DigiLocker ensures privacy and security to the owner of the documents and the person requesting them. However, both the owner and the applicant are required to register on the DigiLocker portal with a unique user ID and password.
In December 2016, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) launched Parinam Manjusha—digital lockers for student documents. With this the students of classes 10 and 12 of schools affiliated to the CBSE can access their academic documents online through its digital repository. It is the central government’s online repository. Students passing the secondary or higher secondary examinations will be able to access marksheets, passing certificates and migration certificates.
The certificates which are downloaded through the repository can be verified using the DigiLocker mobile app by scanning a QR code printed on it. This form of verification can be used by educational institutions and employers to verify an applicant’s academic records by registering on the website with the CBSE.
In the year 2015, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education and the Mumbai University too had launched their online repository where students can get a digital copy of their marksheets. The state board was also in the process of digitalising the data of students who have passed out over the past 10 years and make it available through an online portal.
Also, from this year onwards, Mumbai University has started carrying out the evaluation of the answer scripts digitally, through on screen marking. To implement the same, somewhere around 9,000 teachers were appointed as the in-charge of the evaluation. They were trained at 50 centres across all the seven districts under the jurisdiction of the university.
Computer literacy and Internet availability are essential for this project to be successful.