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CBSE Uses Blockchain to Verify Academic Documents

CBSE has launched a new website that uses blockchain to verify academic credentials and also keeps them tamper-proof.

Who Built the Portal/Website and Why?

In India, verifying academic documents is a very tedious exercise.

That’s why the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recently launched a new portal called Academic {BlockChain} Documents(ABCD) for keeping the records on a blockchain.

It has collaborated with National Informatics Centre (NIC) & National E-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to create the portal.

The academic documents are kept in a distributed database with nodes at different locations to create a decentralized private blockchain.

Since the data is recorded in an encrypted chain, any change(s) made will be reflected on the chain along with the identity of the stakeholder(s) involved.

So, any malicious stakeholder can be identified and eliminated without much hassle, resulting in a trustless system.

This will make sure that the credentials are not tampered with, forged, and can be verified easily.

Furthermore, an added benefit is a reduction in the cases of academic credential fraud and misrepresentation.

Who Can Use the Portal?

Anyone including individuals, universities, companies, financial institutions etc., can use the portal to verify an applicant’s documents and process admissions, job applications, loan applications, etc. with ease.

There are two ways to verify the academic documents, for individuals and institutions:

For Individuals

By accessing the portal and entering the basic details of the student like roll number etc. for viewing the academic documents. (for individuals)

For Institutions

The institutes can register with the CBSE and use the bulk verification tool and API-based verification modes.

Currently, CBSE’s academic documents for the academic years 2019, 2020 & 2021 for classes X and XII are hosted on the blockchain. It aims to digitize the older documents too.

Steps to Verify a Document

In just 5 quick steps, an individual can verify documents

The steps to follow are:

Step 1: Log on to – cbse.certchain.nic.in or cbse.gov.in

Step 2: Click on “Verify” menu option on the top menu bar available on the home page. 

Verify button is highlighted on the Menu Bar

Step 3:  Select the class from the pop-up.

Select the class

Step 4: Input basic details like Roll no, Date of Birth (in case of Class X only), Exam Year, Exam Type, and Student Name (partial), and press ‘Go’ to confirm. 

This form has Date of Birth Option which is absent in the form for Class XII

Step 5: Once the details are validated, the statement of marks (available presently) is displayed.

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