Russia’s Rosobrnadzor to Implement Blockchain for University’s Unified State Exam Graduation


The Russian state body concerned with science and education plans to implement blockchain tech in the main graduation exam. This was revealed by the TASS news agency on February 5.

From 2019 onward, the science and education body will implement blockchain tech in the Unified State Exam. It is the only form of graduation exam in schools and it acts as the main preliminary exam in all Russian universities.

What the Announcement Said

The announcement said that the state body had discussed blockchain tech and decided that the tech would be used in the unified state exam. The body plans to use the tech for scanning the exam and printing.

Other Uses of Blockchain in Government Services

A week ago, the Education and Science ministry of Russia introduced a platform powered by blockchain tech. It is designed to track natural diamonds. The new tech will be used to guarantee that all diamond products are genuine from the mine to the final buyer.

This system will use both IT tech and the blockchain to prevent buyers from losing financial assets. It is especially so since the advent of synthetic diamonds in the market. Besides that, there are some very good fakes in the market today.

The blockchain tech was developed by Bitcarat.com, a Russian startup. Graduates from the Russian Technical University and the National Research University created it.

The ministry of education and science said that this new system would assign a digital code to each diamond. The number is recorded on the distributed ledger and shared amongst all participants. It will also allow records of any transfers to be stored here. According to the ministry, it is secure from any data breaches.

The creators emphasize that the blockchain technology will let it trace each transaction. This will include any attempts to alter the code, which would signal records being falsified. The ministry added that the founders plan to find investors over the course of the year.

Other Diamond Tracking Projects

In October 2018, the largest diamond-mining firm in the world, Alrosa, joined the pilot program of a platform created by De Beers. The project uses blockchain technology to track the diamond supply chain. Alrosa and De Beers are amongst the two biggest diamond-mining firms globally.

Together, they mine over half of all diamonds in the world. In Q3 2018, despite the price of diamonds falling, Alrosa’s rough diamond sales rose by 12 percent.

Chow Tai Fook Jewelry Group, based in Hong Kong also introduced a tracking platform that is powered by the blockchain. The platform was created by Everledger and it is was secured by IBM’s blockchain platform.

Other Blockchain Initiatives

In January, Astana, Capital of Kazakhstan, introduced a system based on blockchain tech. It is designed to manage kindergarten waiting lists.

Summary

Russia seems to have taken a keep in interest in the blockchain. It wants to create blockchain legislation and regulation for crypto in the nation. The bill was first passed in the Russian legislature in May 2018 for its first reading. Some major issues were identified and it was sent back for some edits.

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