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61 Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2021-22 Awardees Received Digital Certificate By CRUBN

In view of the COVID-19 circumstances in the country, the function was held in an online-mode on the occassion of National Girl Child Day today and furthermore as a component of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav'.

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In an award ceremony held on Tuesday for the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi distributed digital certificates to the 61 winners of PMRBP 2021-22 using a blockchain and self-sovereign identity-driven technology developed by CRUBN, an IIT Kanpur incubated company, under the National Blockchain Project.

In view of the COVID-19 circumstances in the country, the function was held in an online-mode on the occassion of National Girl Child Day today and furthermore as a component of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav'. The awardees, their parents and concerned District Magistrate of their particular area joined the occasion from their district offices.

CRUBN was established by 4 IITians, Nilesh Vasita (IITK), Mukul Verma (IITB), Ras Dwivedi (IITK) and Tanmay Yadav (IITK), under the mentorship of Padma Shri Prof. Manindra Agrawal and Prof. Sandeep K Shukla, both joint organizers of the National Blockchain Task under National Security Council Secretariat.

Director of IIT Kanpur, Prof. Abhay Karandikar said, “We are glad to be part of this historic moment where blockchain and Self-Sovereign Identity are being used by the Ministry of Women and Child Development for the first time for digital certificates. On behalf of the institute, I would like to thank Hon’ble Union Cabinet Minister of Ministry of Women & Child Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani ji for appreciating our efforts and to Indevar Pandey, Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Child Development and his team for working with IIT Kanpur to successfully implement this project.”

This year, 29 out of 623 participants have been given the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, for their remarkable accomplishments in sections like Innovation, Social Service, Scholastic, Sports, Art & Culture and Bravery categories, having a place with 21 States and UTs. Altogether, 61 awardees of 2021 and 2022 got the digital endorsements.

The digital endorsements are saved on advanced wallets introduced on the cell phones of the recipients. The cerifications provided utilizing the SSI-empowered blockchain driven technology are unforgeable, globally verifiable, specifically disclosable, and sensitive to client content.

Prior, IIT Kanpur turned into the principal foundation to launch advanced degrees to 1723 active understudies involving this in-house innovation at its 54th Convocation. Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched the degrees as a component of the 54th Convocation of IIT Kanpur, on December 28, 2021.