Wednesday, October 27, 2010

MHRD & UIDAI join hands for tracking student mobility

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of Mr. Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Human Resource Development and Mr. Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, UIDAI in New Delhi today. Mr. Amit Khare, Joint Secretary in the MHRD signed the MOU on behalf of his Ministry and Mr. Anil Kachi, Deputy Director General signed on behalf of UIDAI.

The proposed MOU would be helpful in tracking student’s mobility by creating an electronic registry of all students, right from primary/elementary level through secondary and higher education, as also between the institutions. Imprinting of UID number on performance record of individual students (marksheets, merit certificates, migration certificates) will also be helpful to prospective employers and educational institutions. UID number will help in tracking problems of fake degrees. UID can also be utilized while dematting of academic certificates as also education loan and scholarship schemes. It would also be useful in the implementation of Mid-Day Meal Scheme.

The MHRD will co-operate and collaborate with the UIDAI in conducting proof of concept (PoC) studies, pilots to test the working of the technology and process of enrolment into the UID database, identify Registrars for the implementation of the UID project (PoC and pilots). The ministry will help ensure that the Registrar shall do all that is necessary to effectively complete the PoCs and pilots; and put in place an institutional mechanism to effectively oversee and monitor the implementation of the UID project and provide logistic and liaison support to the staff and representatives of UIDAI.

The Government has set up the UIDAI for the issuing of UID number to all the residents of India, based on demographic and biometric data of the individual. UIDAI will develop and prescribe standards for recording data fields, data verification and biometric fields, prescribe a process for enrolment of beneficiaries/students to authenticate the identity of a person with a UID number.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, October 27, 2010
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