Thursday, October 28, 2010

IGNOU, UIDAI join hands on Unique Identification Numbers project

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for implementation of the Unique Identification Numbers (UID Numbers) project.

According to the MoU, IGNOU will cooperate and collaborate with the UIDAI in conduction proof of concept (POC) studies; be a pilot to test the working of the technology and process of enrollment into the UID database and subsequently full roll-out of the UID project; be the Registrar for the implementation of the UID project (including POC and pilots) and do all that is necessary and required in order to effectively complete the POCs and pilots; follow the criteria and process for appointment of enrolling agencies prescribed by the UIDAI; and put in place an institutional mechanism to effectively oversee and monitor the implementation of the UID project in general and monitor specifically the enrolling agents appointed.

The MoU was signed by U.S. Tolia, Registrar, IGNOU and Kim Kipgen, ADG, UIDAI, on October 27 in the presence of UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani and Vice Chancellor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai.

The UID numbers will be linked to IGNOU's present and future students data-base so as to provide the facility of 'Anytime, Anywhere, Anyhow learning,' said Nilekani, adding that IGNOU will use this platform not just to cover the rural populace, but also to distribute the benefits of education to its learners.

Source: IGNOU
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