The Maharashtra State Skill Development Board recently took an initiative to prevent cases of false education certificates being shared among citizens. According to 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 decision to stop the threat of bogus academic certificates. In addition, the use of blockchain will also make it easier for the industry to verify the authenticity of candidates’ certificates and avoid the inconvenience faced by genuine candidates. Information on this subject was shared by the Minister of State in charge of skills development, employment and entrepreneurship, Nawab Malik.
The ministry mentioned the implementation of LegitDoc, an Etherium blockchain technology developed by Crossforge Solutions Pvt, which was presented at the kickoff meeting hosted by the Maharashtra State Innovation Society. The use of this technology is intended to save manpower and time used by the board to manage certificates.
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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, Co-Director Yogesh Patil and co-founders of LegitDoc Startup.
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Sharing more information, Minister Nawab Malik said that with this decision, Maharashtra has become the first state to implement the world’s largest blockchain technology to solve problems with fake education certificates. To start the process, around 10 lakhs of digital diploma certificates are made available for online verification, which cannot be forged.
Reports reveal that the registration of educational materials based on blockchain technology has been fully implemented currently in three countries – Malta, Singapore and Bahrain. With this decision taken by the board of directors, Maharashtra has become the fourth largest government agency in the world and the first state in the country to implement blockchain technology for educational certificates.
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Minister Malik added that the council is also planning to organize short-term complementary courses for students who have dropped out of education as well as for those who pursue special education. Currently, a total of 301 courses are taught in 28 different degree groups, of which 156 are for a 6-month period, 100 for a one-year period and 45 for a two-year period (234) and full-time (67). These courses are implemented at the district and taluka levels. In addition to this, more than 1200 institutions have been approved by the board of directors.
These courses benefit students in rural areas of Maharashtra, especially those who cannot afford an education. By undertaking these courses, students complete the training program by gaining admission to recognized institutes of counseling, and these serve to be a boon for employment and self-employment for students who drop out of schools.
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