School Students in Kerala to Get UID Number
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More than 60 lakh students in Kerala from standard One to Twelve would get the Unique Identity Number during the current academic year as part of the Unique Identification Authority (UIDAI) initiative of the Centre.

The scheme being put in practice with the help of IT@ School Project, would pilot this in two schools in the next month, IT@School Project Director K Anvar Sadath told PTI here.

'Kerala will become the first state in the country with all the students having 'Aadhaar' number", he said.

UIDAI was established by the Centre with the developmental mandate of setting up the infrastructure to provide a universal way of uniquely identifying Indian residents, he pointed out.

This is in the form of 'Aadhaar' a 12-digit unique identification number that would be provided to an individual, he said.

Nearly 12,000 schools in the state would be considered either as separate units or as clusters to enroll for getting 'Aadhaar', he said. IT@School project would deploy its own School Management System to capture necessary details, he said.

Even though the 'Aadhaar' demands information on name, gender, date of birth, address as mandatory details, called Know Your Residence (KYR) details, 'we will be collecting other information like class name, admission number from the students', he said.

From this database the KYR fields would be filtered to a separate software, provided by UIDAI. Upon registering for Aadhaar, students will go through a biometric scanning of ten fingerprints and iris, he said. They would since be photographed and given an enrollment number upon completion,he said.

'These data subsequently will be uploaded to the UIDAI central server and then students will recieve the 'Aadhaar' number within 20 to 30 days directly by post, he said.

IT@School plans to complete the enrollment process for all students nearly 60 lakhs before March next.

Besides providing 'Aadhaar' numbers, we are trying to give physical identity cards (with photographs) to all students along with this, even though it was not a part of UIDAI project, he said.
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