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Indian educational department finishing smart card pilot

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Sulthanpet Union in Coimbatore, India, is wrapping up a pilot program that involves issuing smart cards to all students and teachers, regardless of the type of school they’re connected with, reports The Hindu.

The project is part of a state initiative to build a database containing information on all students and teachers. The database will also have information on all types of schools in the state, including government-operated, private, corporation, aided or municipality.


The smart cards will be permanent identity cards that students can use even if they transfer to a different school. The card will contain identifying information such as name, parental details including address and income, caste designation and blood type. Teachers and administrators will be able to use the card to submit attendance records and grades to a dedicated website.

The union is working with Anna University in Chennai for this pilot. The university’s data center will process the information and issue the smart cards.

A software testing pilot is also underway and should be finished in about ten days.

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