'One Nation, One Student ID': Uniform Student Identification System

'One Nation, One Student ID': Uniform Student Identification System

Last Updated Feb - 08 - 2024, 06:41 PM | Source : NDTV | Visitors : 22

The School Education Department inaugurates the Automated Permanent Academic Account Registry (APAAR) through Common Service Centres (CSCs) nationwide.
'One Nation, One Student ID': Uniform Student Identification System

On Wednesday, the school education department inaugurated the Automated Permanent Academic Account Registry (APAAR) in rural areas around the country using Common Service Centres (CSCs).

The purpose of APAAR is to establish a uniform student identification system known as 'One Nation, One Student ID'.

APAAR is part of the National Education Policy (NEP 2020), which requires all college and university students to register with the Academic Bank of Credits (ABC). Under the new rules, having an ABC ID is required for college or university admission.

Sanjay Kumar, secretary of the Department of School Education and Literacy, launched the scheme by highlighting the country's developing digital services and how they might help school education through CSCs. He emphasized giving interim APAAR IDs to all schoolchildren immediately, verifying them with Aadhaar, and linking them to Digi Locker. 

In an effort to increase openness and accessibility to education, a business plan for this service targeted at village-level entrepreneurs (VLEs) is also being considered.

K Sanjay Murthy, Secretary of Higher Education at the Ministry of Education, emphasized the government's use of digital platforms such as Samarth, Swayam, and Diksha for student benefit, with the goal of covering at least 10,000 institutions through Samarth within the next 1.5 years.

Mr Murthy emphasized the importance of CSCs in APAAR and Samarth, and compared the Academic Bank of Credits to the National Academic Depository (NAD).

Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), said that APAAR ID remains with students for life, enabling future credit accumulation by passing exams without needing certificates. 

What is the Academic Bank of Credit?

The Academic Bank of Credit (ABC) serves as a digital storage platform, allowing students to readily access its benefits without having to visit any other site other than the nearby CSC. This digital credit repository stores students' grades as well as their personal information.

With the use of this identification, students may effortlessly switch between undergraduate and postgraduate universities. Universities may now get student data with a single click using the ABC ID.

It acts as a virtual repository for credits earned by individual students during their educational experience, providing full information about their academic achievement across several schools. These credits can be used in several ways throughout their studies. The proposal to implement the Academic Bank of Credit in education originated from the NEP 2020.

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