In collaboration with LegitDoc, the Government of Maharashtra will use Ethereum and its blockchain to verify diploma certificates.
The new partnership with the Indian blockchain startup was announced on the Maharashtra State Board of Skill Development’s website. A credentialing system powered by Ethereum will be implemented to provide inviolable diploma certificates. The government thinks this is the best move against document forgery.
“We have an active work order from the Govt of Karnataka (Dept of Information Technology and Biotechnology). We are in talks with the Government of Telangana (school education dept) and Higher & Technical education dept of Maharashtra to implement LegitDoc for their student community.”Neil Martis, CEO of LegitDoc
With this project, the MSBSD is trying to completely replace the traditional manual method of verification with the digital one. The new system is expected to start next year, and other educational institutions like the National Institute of Technology (Surathkal) and Ashoka University are in talks to implement it.
Talking about blockchain’s potential in fighting frauds related to document forgery, Dr. Anil Jadhao said: “In the last 10 years, there has been a rampant increase in forgery of government-issued documents which have caused huge financial & reputational losses to the stakeholders involved.”
Do you know how Ethereum works?
Ethereum can be used to create systems for managing someone’s property and contracts, social networking and messaging systems that permit you to keep under control your data, and eventually utensils for online voting and distributed governance.
The Ethereum blockchain is comparable to that of Bitcoin, but its programming language authorizes developers to write software through which blockchain transactions manage and automate specific outcomes. This is called a smart contract.
A traditional contract shapes the terms of a relationship, but a smart contract guarantees those terms are carried through by writing it in code. The software accomplishes the agreement, abolishing the delay and cutting costs.