The Indian government is gearing up to launch its first official blockchain project with digital certificates of academic degrees. As per reports, the government is aiming to issue tamper-proof degree certificates, starting with students graduating next year.
The initiative, according to sources close to the development, is based on a blockchain solution called IndiaChain that government-run think tank NITI Aayog is currently working on.
Once developed, the technology will be trialed with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay as well as various colleges under the Delhi University, with the Aayog overseeing the implementation.
Commenting on the development, a source said on condition of anonymity, “The pilot trials will begin soon and once that is successfully completed, the full-scale implementation will start. The plan is to start issuing digital certificates on the blockchain (IndiaChain) from the 2019 batch onwards.”
According to a report by FactorDaily, a similar move was made by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) last October when it launched a pilot programme, wherein 111 MIT graduates were given digital certificates of their diplomas.
The blockchain-based technology, developed jointly by MIT and Learning Machine, can create secure digital certificates that need to be verified externally with the help of an app.