The HRD ministry is working to ensure that degrees and certificates are given to students in digital format from the 2017 academic session onwards. “There is a need to take pledge and that pledge is by 2017, all degrees and board certificates, everything will go in digital format,” HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said. He said apart from getting certificates in digital format, every student will get an opportunity to upload their other certificates. According to reports, the HRD ministry has fast-tracked work on setting up a virtual database under which all academic records will be available in digital format, to curb the menace of fake educational degrees and mark-sheets. The creation of a digital database will benefit recruiters who want to get the credentials of applicants and will also eliminate the need to physically approach the university.