Droupadi Murmu launches Haryana’s 1st blockchain-secured graduation certificates

Droupadi Murmu

Droupadi Murmu, the Honourable President of India, launched the first blockchain-secured graduation degrees in Haryana at the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Kurukshetra on November 29, 2022. Manohar Lal, the honourable Chief Minister of Haryana, and Bandaru Dattatraya, the honourable Governor of Haryana, attended the ceremony as guests of honour. Convocation ceremonies for two successive classes of 2020 and 2021 that had been postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak were given the convocation degrees.

CertOnce, a leader in providing blockchain-based solutions and in charge of establishing India’s first blockchain secured degree solution at MIT WPU, Pune, has given the technology for issuing blockchain-protected certificates for the students.

The founders of CertOnce- Rajesh Ranjan & 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.

“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”, said Pawan Khurana, Co-Founder & COO, commenting on the recent milestone.

Droupadi Murmu, the Hon. President of India, introduced blockchain-secured diplomas for the first time in Haryana at the launch, the certificates’ digital versions were emailed to every student, posted to the blockchain, and immediately verifiable on the NIT Kurukshetra website. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Boston uses the same open standards platform for its whole procedure, Khurana continued. According to w3g.org, the technology is the accepted global standard for credentials that can be verified.

The New Education Policy (NEP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India agenda are both in line with the growing use of blockchain technology for academic credentials.