The Kerala Blockchain Academy (KBA), an initiative backed by the government of India State, Kerala has rolled out a new solution that allows the issuance of educational certificates using blockchain technology.
Per a report by Times of India, the new solution created by the academy will allow universities and other academic institutions to issue tamper-proof certificates, and thus end the age-long forgery of such academic qualifications.
The solution would according to a statement by the KBA, ensure that the candidate’s privacy remains intact while every certificate issued with it will bear an ‘international identity with a unique timestamp and block number.’
Moving forward, the KBA revealed that it would initially utilize the new platform as a solution for storing certificates issued for courses offered by the academy before eventually adding support for universities and other academic institutions.
Individuals and employees would no longer have to rely solely on paper certificates. Instead, they can obtain academic and personal information that they need on potential employees by scanning a quick response (QR) code available on the document to verify its authenticity.
The latest move by the Kerala blockchain academy arguably makes it the first government-backed blockchain initiative to launch a solution for tamper-proof certificates and comes as a surprise given the yet clarified position of cryptocurrencies in India.
We reported in July that the Indian IT lobby group, Nasscom opposed a proposal by authorities to ban the usage of cryptocurrencies in the country.