Higher education costs a lot of money, and getting it takes time spent on training. All this leads to the fact that in many countries of the world there are fake diplomas. The situation is also complicated by the fact that there is no single base of diplomas. Because of this, both the diploma forms themselves are forged, and the databases are hacked. Soon, India will be able to become one of the first states to introduce blockchain into e-government in higher education.
Thus, the authorities of Maharashtra have officially announced the conclusion of a partnership with the blockchain company LegitDoc. Officials want to leverage Ethereum’s distributed ledger technology to authenticate higher education degrees. That is, the main goal of the implementation of this project is to exclude any fraud with documents on education.
India chooses digitalization
LegitDoc CEO Neil Martis said that from verifying certificates using traditional manual work, the board will move to a digital verification method.
This is due to the fact that earlier in the state there was an increase in the number of cases of forgery of diplomas and certificates issued by educational institutions. Therefore, not afraid to act contrary to the official policy of the central authorities regarding cryptocurrencies; local officials decided to create a public registry of education documents, built on the basis of the Ethereum blockchain.
Organizations such as the National Institute of Technology (Surathkal) and Ashoka University are planning to implement a similar solution to counter document fraud.
Officials believe that it will be difficult to cope with the increased activity of fraudsters without new technologies. It is very important to have a single base of diplomas located on the blockchain, which cannot be faked or changed.
Maharashtra government wants to eradicate diploma certificate hacking incidents. Thus, the authorities want not only to strengthen control in the education sector, but also to minimize incidents of corruption. In India, in connection with this idea, they oppose the ban on cryptocurrencies. Because otherwise, the introduction of blockchain technology will become impossible.
Note that the implementation of this project will allow India to become one of the global leaders in the digitalization of education. Massachusetts University of Technology was the first to work in this direction, and at the state level – Singapore and Malta.
Will blockchain help solve the problem?
The Maharashtra State Board of Education believes that the introduction of a blockchain registry will solve the problem of forgery of official documents. Over the past decade, there have been many more cases of such fraud. They negatively affect the reputation of both educational institutions and the state. Which, in addition, has to bear additional costs to combat this negative phenomenon.
The experience of implementing such a system in Massachusetts has shown that blockchain technology provides a level of protection that allows you to successfully achieve this goal. However, this system also has its drawbacks.
While providing strong encryption, the digital ledger nevertheless has a number of weaknesses. Some of them are common to any technical system, while others are unique to blockchain technology. Therefore, ultimately, the reliability of the new registry will depend on the actions (or inaction) of people.