In the second week of October, the union Ministry of Education wrote to chief secretaries of the states on a government plan for creating a new student ID on ‘Automated Permanent Academic Account Registry (APAAR)’ for all students with the objective is to create a digilocker or EduLocker for each student and link it to ABC for seamless integration and access of student’s lifetime record as it captures the learning and other progress. This directive comes in accordance with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 goal of easing student mobility and using digital technologies for better governance.
The distinctive 12-digit APAAR number for each student will centralise the digital storage of student information, including learning outcomes, exam results, report cards, health records, and extracurricular accomplishments and will be issued for all students enrolled in public and private institutions or universities throughout India. It will be linked children’s Aadhaar numbers as well.
The letter had asked the schools for conducting special parent teacher meeting to obtain consent from parents to go ahead in this process. Only with the parent’s approval may schools and institutions begin the registration process for APAAR ID cards for their pupils. Additionally, parents have the right to revoke their consent at any moment.
Billed as ‘ ‘One Nation -One Student ID Card’ the APAAR ID will digitally transmit all of their academic information, including awards, degrees, scholarships, etc., and centralize the digital storage of student information, allowing students of all ages to track their academic progress, including in high school, junior college, and after graduation. Since it will have all of the student’s academic information, it will make the transfer process from one institution to another simple. As a result, applying for admission to a new college in any area of the nation will be simple.
The ABC Bank will be immediately connected to the APAAR ID. As a result, when a student completes a semester or course, the credits are immediately recorded in the ABC, which is accepted by all Indian colleges. Students can use the credit score they receive through their APAAR IDs for university entrance examinations or further education. The APAAR card contains all the data necessary to identify a student. It includes details on the student’s name, residence, date of birth, gender, picture, sports participation, educational loans, scholarships, and other honours, among other things. The APAAR ID will be used to create a DigiLocker account for the student. Through APAAR ID cards, the students can immediately get government benefits under government schemes. The Ministry of Education has assured it will keep all the data on the APAAR card secure.
The steps for registering for an APAAR ID online available on the webpage of the Academic Bank of Credits (ABC Bank).
Select the ‘Student’ option under ‘My Account’ after clicking.
To create a DigiLocker account, click “Sign up” and input your phone number, address, and Aadhaar card information. Make use of the credentials to access your DigiLocker account.
Your permission will be requested by DigiLocker before disclosing your Aadhaar card information to ABC for KYC verification. ‘I agree’ should be chosen.
Enter the academic information, including the name of the class or university, the school, and the course. The APAAR ID card will be generated after the form has been submitted.