The Ethereum blockchain will be used in India to authenticate diploma credentials.

India is one of the first countries to deploy an e-governance system for higher education, thanks to a new cooperation with LegitDoc. 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 now confirmed using traditional manual methods, MSBSD will begin recommending solely the digital verification approach for all manual verification requests beginning next year, according to LegitDoc CEO Neil Martis.

Martis went on to say that additional local government authorities were interested:

“The Government of Karnataka has issued us an active work order,” says the company (Department of Information Technology and Biotechnology). We're in talks with the Telangana government's school education department and Maharashtra's Higher and Technical Education department about implementing LegitDoc for their student population.”

According to Martis, mainstream institutions such as the National Institute of Technology (Surathkal) and Ashoka University are in talks to deploy a similar technique 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:

“Forgery of government-issued papers has increased dramatically in the last ten years, causing substantial financial and reputational costs to the players involved.”

Madnick added a word of caution:

“The basic line is that, while the blockchain system reflects advancements in encryption and security, it is vulnerable in the same ways that other technology is, as well as having new vulnerabilities that are specific to blockchain. Human acts or inactions, in fact, continue to have a huge impact on blockchain security.”


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