The University of Mumbai has thrown open its digital locker facility for students and alumni after a yearlong pilot project. The first alumni digital locker was created for the university’s old boy Mukesh Ambani. The locker holds documents safe and in digital format, relinquishing the need for physical papers.

The Digital Locker system, developed by an IIT-Madras-incubated company, was handed over to the university as part of the R&D and technology transfer plan for powering universities to go digital. It will support requirements of the government’s digital locker programme, academic repository, embassy and foreign qualification recognition plans, and private digital locker service providers, said vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh.

Using the digital locker fa cility, students and alumni can send digital credentials for job applications or higher studies requirements. The facility will comply with the UGC’s new requirements of adding Aadhaar number, photographs and other details of the student on certificates and marksheets.

As part of the programme, verification of degrees, marksheets and other documents will go digital. The online process aims to reduce processing time by over 80%, said Deshmukh.

The university’s verification staff has been provided with a secure and dedicated lo gin ID. Higher officials will review reports of turnaround time, cases of fake degrees and long pending cases.

Details of fake degrees detected will be uploaded on the university site automatically as required by the state information commissioner, said an official. The programme is in line with the government’s efforts to set up a National Academic Repository and Digital Locker Service. The university is taking up key initiatives to turn itself into a centre of excellence with a focus on digital initiatives, said Deshmukh.