The educational system is beginning to see a future in blockchain technology, as the Indian government partners with LegitDoc a blockchain company to implement an e-governance system for higher education.
Maharashtra’s government recently announced a cooperation with Indian blockchain company LegitDoc to build an Ethereum-based credentialing system that will offer tamper-proof diploma certificates.
The Maharashtra State Board of Skill Development (MSBSD) opposes India’s crypto ban story of adopting Ethereum-based public blockchains to combat the growth in document falsification.
While certificates are currently confirmed using traditional manual methods, MSBSD will begin recommending exclusively the digital verification approach for all manual verification requests beginning next year, according to LegitDoc CEO Neil Martis in an exclusive statement to Cointelegraph.
Martis went on to say that additional local government authorities were interested:
“We have an active work order from the Government of Karnataka (Department of Information Technology and Biotechnology). We are in talks with the Government of Telangana (school education department) and the Higher & Technical education department of Maharashtra to implement LegitDoc for their student community.”
According to Martis, mainstream institutions such as the National Institute of Technology (Surathkal) and Ashoka University are in talks to deploy a similar method to combat document fabrication.
With the agreement with LegitDoc, India joins the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Malta, and Singapore as early adopters of an e-governance system for education.
Anil Jadhao, chairman of MSBSD, highlighted blockchain’s ability to combat fraud connected to document forgery:
“In the last 10 years, there has been a rampant increase in forgery of government-issued documents which have caused huge financial and reputational losses to the stakeholders involved.”
Following up on MIT’s development of a tamper-proof blockchain diploma, Stuart Madnick of Cointelegraph stated that blockchain has its own set of issues.
Madnick added a word of caution:
“The bottom line is that while the blockchain system represents advances in encryption and security, it is vulnerable in some of the same ways as other technology, as well as having new vulnerabilities unique to blockchain. In fact, human actions or inactions still have significant consequences for blockchain security.”