The Union government is pushing for a transformative initiative in the education sector with the aim of consolidating academic records through the Academic Performance Assessment and Accreditation Report (APAAR) initiative. This ambitious project seeks to create a comprehensive digital repository encompassing degrees, scholarships, rewards, and various other academic credits, all compiled under a unified student ID.
The primary objective of APAAR is to combat fraud and eliminate the proliferation of duplicate educational certificates. By offering a centralized, trusted reference for educational institutions, the initiative strives to streamline the verification process and enhance the overall integrity of academic records.
The latest development sees the Union government proposing the integration of all education records of school students into the ‘One Nation, One Student ID’ initiative by the academic year 2026-27. This proposal is aligned with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and was presented in a document titled “Schooling: access and quality” during the third national conference of chief secretaries held in Delhi in December 2023 by the Union Ministry of Education.
The ‘One Nation, One Student ID’ initiative marks a significant stride towards creating a standardized and efficient education system. As the government emphasizes accessibility and quality in education, this digital consolidation of student records is expected to revolutionize the way academic achievements are recorded, verified, and referenced across educational institutions nationwide.