In a bid to fight against identity fraud, the Cochin University of Science and Technology is implementing a biometric scanner to check the identity of candidates who are going to sit for the nation-wide Common Admission Test (CAT). Reported in The Hindu Times, these exams are the nationwide entrance exams which every Indian student have to sit through in order to qualify for a place in an Indian University. This is in response to the increasing number of attempts to commit identity fraud having been reported to be increasing in recent times. With a place in university being coveted as â€˜valuable property', the temptation to commit fraud by sending in a better-trained person to sit for the CAT is high.
The expected cost of conducting the simple biometric test would be an extra RS 60 per student. The data collected will be stored in a high security data centre and the information collected can be used in the future for the purpose of authentication in the later stages of the admission process. With this, the university hopes to secure the veracity of their administered entrance examinations.
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