Now, students of classes X and XII of schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) can access their academic documents online through its digital repository. The board recently launched Parinam Manjusha--digital lockers for student documents.

The initiative has been developed by the CBSE along with DigiLocker, which is the central government's online repository. Students passing the secondary or higher secondary examinations will be able to access mark sheets, 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.

For the CBSE, the online repository will help store student information. “CBSE and its regional offices can store, access and update academic records of students in a central repository” said the programme's website. Earlier this year, the CBSE issued digital mark sheets to its students when the results were announced.

Teachers in the city have welcomed the ideas but are skeptical about its use. “Unless educational institutes or employers sign up, it is not likely to serve the purpose. There needs to be awareness to ease out the processes because currently, getting a duplicate certificate is cumbersome” said Nalini Garg, a former teacher.

Last year, 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 mark sheets. The state board is 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.