12 Nov KPM smoothly e-Scrol system uses Blockchain to solve fake diploma
PUTRAJAYA – The Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOE) in collaboration with the university consortium launches the University’s Production and Verification System or e-Scrol using Blockchain technology to overcome the problem of fake diploma.
KPM’s Director of Higher Education, Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Tapsir said the creation of e-Scrol aims to preserve and maintain the quality of higher education in Malaysia.
According to him, the number of counterfeit degrees increases because it is easily accessible on the internet and a secure and robust system is needed to overcome it.
International Islamic University Malaysia (UIAM) emerged as the first institution of higher learning to use the e-Scrol system at tomorrow’s convocation ceremonies. The recipient will receive a degree using the system’s special code.
According to the BBC Radio report released in January 2018 (htps: /www.bbc.com/news/uk-42579634), there has been an increase in the trade of fake diplomas internationally. The report further mentions how thousands of UK citizens have purchased a fake diploma from a ‘diploma factory’ in Pakistan.
“Recognizing the need to maintain the reputation and integrity of Malaysian universities, KPM has taken proactive measures to prevent fraudulent fake fraud cases and at the same time not harming students who are truly honest and integral,” said Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah.
He explained that the idea of developing the system was formulated in January 2018 by the Council of ICT Dean (MADICT) of Malaysian universities.
Following the rumor, MADICT and KPM intend to use Blockchain technology to increase efficiency in verifying the original certificate, Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah.
Currently, he said, Malaysian universities received thousands of requests from around the world for the purpose of authenticating the status of their respective graduates.
“Such confirmation is still done by telephone and email that can contribute to inefficiency,” he said.
Recognizing the experts in the technology is actually available at the university, he said, KPM proposes the establishment of a consortium in connection with Blockchain technology to study the use and development of the system.
The initial membership of the consortium comprises six Public Universities (UA), namely. (UUM), UIAM,. (UTM), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).
The main objective behind the formation of a consortium is to spread skills training and technological developments among university and academic students.
“In the long run, the consortium should also offer a standard Blokchain-based solution, potentially generating income to those universities,” he said.
The Ministry has also appointed UIAM as the current Chairman of the Consortium.
“Following its launch, KPM encouraged universities and other institutions of higher learning in Malaysia to immediately join the consortium and use the system,” he said.
** Information about e-Scrol
The current Blokchain-based technology system was developed by a team headed by Prof Dato Dr Norbik Bashah Idris from UIAM. It uses Blockchain NEM which is integrated with a scanned QR code printed on a degree. However, such systems can also be developed using other Blockchain. NEM is chosen because of its unique features in managing the authenticity and validation requirements.
For now, the verification process can be done from anywhere in the world as long as there is an internet network, and the process can be done immediately. In the first phase of its implementation, all PhD students from IIUM who graduated at the Convocation on 10 November 2018 (tomorrow) will get their certified degree of certificates using Blokchain technology. Therefore, the authenticity of their degrees can be instantly verified from any location in the world.
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