IIT Bombay Going to be India’s First UID Enabled Campus

The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) is going to be the first educational campus in the country to function through unique identification (UID) numbers. The UID-enabled campus will work towards making a cashless environment where all the campus transactions will be made only based on the UID numbers and biometric (fingerprint) authentication.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is working towards providing a unique 12-digit number called Aadhaar to all Indians. The IIT-B initiative will be a pilot project that will test if a cashless environment, where all transactions are via e-payments with biometric identification, is sustainable.

The project will involve testing micro-ATMs that will be installed on campus where one can transact using the Aadhaar-enabled payment system that will need a thumbprint for biometric identification. Transactions through a credit or debit card are authenticated either by a signature or by a personal identification number (PIN). A thumbprint will make transactions more secure.

Professor Ashish Das, one of the official of IIT B said:

” UIDAI has associated with IIT-B for this pilot project. The first phase of enrollments has just been completed with more than 8,000 of the 16,000 residents on campus having registered. Everyone on campus should get their Aadhaar numbers by the end of the year.”

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