The Hon’ble President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu launched blockchain-secured graduation degrees for the 1st time in Haryana at the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Kurukshetra, on November 29, 2022. The guests of honor at the ceremony were Shri Manohar Lal, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana, and Shri Bandaru Dattatraya, Hon’ble Governor of Haryana. The convocation degrees were awarded to two consecutive batches of 2020 and 2021 whose convocation ceremony was deferred due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The technology for awarding blockchain-secured certificates for the students has been provided by CertOnce, a global leader in offering blockchain-based solutions and responsible for implementing India’s 1st ever blockchain secured degree solution at MIT WPU, Pune.
The founders of CertOnce – Mr. Rajesh Ranjan & Mr. Pawan Khurana also happen to be an alumnus of NIT Kurukshetra and said that it was “a proud moment” to assist their alma mater in implementing the technology. Commenting on the recent milestone, Mr. Pawan Khurana, Co-founder & COO, said, “We are extremely proud to bring this disruptive technology to India in March 2021, with MIT World Peace University, Pune becoming the 1st ever Indian university to implement blockchain secured certificates for their students. In fact, they were so happy with the solution that they requested CertOnce to help issue such blockchain-secured certificates for all their former students as well.”
At the launch, the digital copies of the certificates were sent to all the students via email, published on the blockchain, and instantly verifiable on the NIT Kurukshetra website.“The entire process is implemented using the same open standards platform that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Boston uses,” added Mr. Khurana. The technology is considered the worldwide standard for verifiable credentials by w3g.org
The increasing adoption of blockchain technology for academic credentials is also in line with the New Education Policy (NEP) and the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative. CertOnce has been a pioneer in helping institutes across India and US streamline their students’ records management processes by leveraging blockchain technology.
Founded in 2019, the New Jersey-based company is one of the world’s largest digital credentialing platforms, aiming to not just disrupt the $34 billion valuable records issuance and verification market but also offer organizations the ability to put myriad kinds of digital documents on the blockchain, helping reduce forgery, making it instantly verifiable, and instilling trust and transparency in the system on a real-time basis.
CertOnce helps put documents like degrees, diplomas, training certificates, land records, birth certificates, etc. into easily verifiable formats, helping reduce overhead costs and empowering the clients by having true ownership of their documentation for a lifetime. The document once created can be shared by the Issuer or receiver, and verified instantly.