The central government will roll out a unique identity system for students in a bid to curb the fake certificate menace.
Anil Sahasrabudhe, the Chairman of the National Educational Technology Forum (NETF), said there is an urgent need for Education Ecosystem Registry. Just like Aadhaar gives a unique identity to a person, students need to be provided with an Aadhaar-based unique identity.”
“This will help a student save all his information in one place. Besides, it will allow students not to fill the admission forms while changing educational institutes in the same state or other. Moreover, the system will help know the authenticity of students.” Sahasrabudhe added.
“We have shared the draft documents of the system on our portals and sought people’s feedback till May 5. Registration will begin in August, and a unique ID will be linked with an Aadhaar card. This digitalization not only brings transparency but also curbs the use of fake certificates to secure a job,” he explained.
The announcement of the NETF chairman came amid crackdowns on major fake educational certificate rackets in several parts of Odisha.
Notably, the Crime Branch, which is probing the fake educational certificate racket case, has reportedly found Uttar Pradesh Board officials’ link in the scam.
The fake education certificate racket having pan-India links was busted in Bolangir, and around 1,000 to 5,000 fake certificates were seized from a coaching center named Reliance Education Institute.
All the certificates looked almost similar to the original ones with properly printed holograms and logos. So far, 19 persons, including the owner of the educational institution, have been arrested in connection with the case.