Virtual safe spurs rush for Aadhaar

Centre's DigiLocker facility extended to ICSE and ISC candidates

By Our Bureau
  • Published 28.05.17
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Ranchi/Jamshedpur, May 27: The department of electronics and information technology has extended its DigiLocker facility to allow students of Class X and XII under the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) to store and share their academic credentials in a government-owned public cloud storage space.

But, since the virtual safe will be linked to every user's unique identity, schools in Ranchi and Jamshedpur are on their toes to ensure that students, especially ICSE and ISC candidates, have their Aadhaar cards in place.

Results of the ISC and ICSC exams are scheduled to be announced at 3pm on Monday.

The Aadhaar number of a student will be necessary both for uploading documents such as registration certificates, admit cards, mark sheets and pass certificates, as well as for downloading the same and having future access to them.

"The new system uses multiple security protocols to keep documents safe. We want students to benefit from this digitisation drive, but we must first conduct a survey on how many have their Aadhaar numbers. The school shall also issue a circular, making the Aadhaar card mandatory," said Nandini Shukla, principal of Kerala Samajam Model School in Sakchi, Jamshedpur, which has 30 cradles affiliated to CISCE.

Swarna Mishra, principal of Dayanand Public School, also in the steel city, plans to call a meeting to apprise parents of the urgent need to get their children Aadhaar cards although for starters (read in the current academic session), the Council will issue both soft and hard copies of ICSE and ISC mark sheets before switching over to a digital documentation system.

Principal of St Xavier's School in Ranchi Ajit Xess said they had held special camps on the campus for Aadhaar enrolment. "Still, if any student has been left behind, we shall hold another camp once the school reopens after summer holidays next month," he added.

Parents whose wards have Aadhaar are relieved while those whose children do not have their unique ID or have applied for the same are a worried lot.

"My child has an Aadhaar card. The school had asked for it in the past and we have already submitted her details," said Sushil Kumar Verma whose daughter is a Class X student of St Francis School in Ranchi.

"My son has appeared for his ICSE this year. We had applied for Aadhaar a few days ago and are hoping to receive the same within a month. Fortunately, we will be given hard copies too this time," said a parent in Jamshedpur.

In a notice issued to all affiliated institutions, Gerry Arathoon, the chief executive of CISCE, said the digital locker service would be free, secure and user-friendly.

Students will be required to create an account at digilocker.gov.in using their Aadhaar number and choose a username and password. Thereafter, they can log in via web or smartphone app and follow instructions to access documents stored by the Council. They can share the same online instead of physically carrying around documents.

Soubhagya Das, a student of JH Tarapore School who appeared for his ISC this year and is waiting for results, gave a thumbs up to the virtual locker concept.

"Admission forms are completed online these days. If we get digitally signed mark sheets and certificates, we can simply send them as attachments. There are chances of misplacing the documents," she said.