The Maharashtra State Skill Development Board has recently taken an initiative to prevent the cases of fake educational certificates which are being shared among the citizens. As per reports, the board has decided to issue a total of 10 lakh digital diploma certificates using blockchain technology. This will be done for a total of 8 academic years and officials expect this move to stop the menace of fake educational certificates. Moreover, using blockchain will also make it easier for sector to verify the authenticity of the candidates’ certificates and will prevent inconvenience faced by genuine candidates. Information regarding this was shared by State Minister for Skill Development, Employment and Entrepreneurship, Nawab Malik.
The department has mentioned the implementation of LegitDoc, an Etherium blockchain technology developed by Crossforge Solutions Pvt, which was presented at the startup meet organized by Maharashtra State Innovation Society. The use of this technology is intended to save the manpower and the time used by the board for handling the certificates.
Also Read: BMC reimagining education through the digital world amidst COVID-19 pandemic
The initiative was recently launched on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day. Present at the event were Manisha Verma, Principal Secretary, Skills Development Department, Dipendrasinh Kushwaha, Skills Development Commissioner, Dr. Anil Jadhav, Board Secretary Krishna Shinde, Director of Vocational Education and Training Digambar Dalvi, Joint Director Yogesh Patil, and the Co-Founders of LegitDoc Startup.
बनावट शैक्षणिक प्रमाणपत्रे रोखण्यासाठी महाराष्ट्र राज्य कौशल्य विकास मंडळाने पुढाकार घेतला असून यासाठी ब्लॉकचेन तंत्रज्ञानाच्या आधारे मंडळाकडील एकूण ८ शैक्षणिक वर्षातील सुमारे १० लाख डिजिटल डिप्लोमा प्रमाणपत्रे जारी करण्यात येत आहेत- कौशल्य विकासमंत्री @nawabmalikncp यांची माहिती pic.twitter.com/IHPaVBikVq
— MAHARASHTRA DGIPR (@MahaDGIPR) July 18, 2021
Sharing more information, Minister Nawab Malik said with this move, Maharashtra has become the first state to implement the world’s largest blockchain technology to tackle the issues related to fake education certificates. To begin the process, approximately 10 lakh digital diploma certificates are being made available for online verification, which cannot be tampered.
Reports reveal that the educational document registration based on blockchain technology has been fully implemented currently in three countries – Malta, Singapore and Bahrain. With this decision taken by the board, Maharashtra has become the fourth largest government body in the world and the first state in the country to implement blockchain technology for educational certificates.
Also Read: Recruitment of 6,100 education workers in Maharashtra to begin soon
Minister Malik added that board is also planning to conduct short term add-on courses for students who have dropped out of education as well as those who are pursuing special education. At present, a total of 301 courses are being run under 28 different groups based on the educational qualifications, of which 156 are for a period of 6 months, 100 are for a period of one year and 45 are for a period of two years (234) and full time (67). These courses are being implemented at district and taluka levels. Besides this, more than 1200 institutions have been approved by the board.
These courses benefit the students in the rural areas of Maharashtra, especially those who cannot afford education. By undertaking these courses, the students complete the training program by getting admission in the recognized institutes of the board, and these serve to be boon for employment and self-employment for students who drop out of schools.
Also Read: Education Department Mulls Revocation of NOCs for Seven Mumbai Schools