Students to get UID numbers

Students to get UID numbers

New Delhi: India will provide all students unique identity numbers that will help monitor their education, facilitate study loans and curb the menace of fake certificates.

The human resource development (HRD) ministry on Wednesday signed an agreement to this effect with the Unique Identification Authority of India, which will also help track the mobility of students from one state to another, catch malpractices in the government’s mid-day meal scheme and create an electronic registry of certificates that the central government wants to set up.

“The memorandum of understanding would be helpful in tracking student’s mobility by creating an electronic registry of all students, right from the elementary level through secondary and higher education," the HRD ministry said in a statement.

HRD minister Kapil Sibal and UID Authority chief Nandan Nilekani were present when the agreement was signed in the capital.

There are around 250 million students in schools and colleges across the country, according to the ministry.

According to HRD ministry data, 9% of 12 million students pursuing higher education have taken study loans. The total outstanding on such loans in the year to March is Rs32,000 crore, according to the Indian Banks Association. The government can use UID to monitor the education system and put a number to parameters such as school dropout rates. The ID programme will include photographs, fingerprints and iris scans.