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NCERT to introduce QR code in textbooks

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has initiated process of introducing QR code (Quick Response code) in their textbooks. It is aimed at helping students understand chapters better by watching film or reading additional content on laptops and digital boards.

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For this enhanced learning feature, NCERT has started process of identifying relevant supplementary material including videos, power point presentations animations, maps and e-content. These will be mapped with content of each textbook from class 1 to 12 and will be linked with QR code, which will be printed in the textbooks. The QR code laden textbooks are likely to be introduced from the 2019 academic.

QR code (Quick Response code)

QR Code is a two-dimensional (matrix) machine-readable bar code consisting of an array of black and white squares, used for storing web-links or other information. This code can be read by camera of smartphone. It is used for storing URLs or other information that link directly to text, emails websites phone numbers. It is capable of 360 degrees (omni-directional), high speed reading. It can store up to 7089 digits as compared to conventional bar codes which can store max 20 digits. It encodes same amount of data in one-tenth the space of a traditional bar code. It carries information both horizontally and vertically. It has error correction capability and data stored in it can be restored even if it is partially damaged or dirty.

Month: Categories: Science and Technology Current Affairs - 2018

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UIDAI launches digitally signed QR code with photo on e-Aadhaar

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has brought in secured digitally-signed QR Code on e-Aadhaar. It will contain photograph of Aadhaar holder in addition to demographic details. The small QR code will be on front side of cutaway portion of e- Aadhaar, with demographic data. It will also have UIDAI digital signature to make this information more secured and tamper-proof.

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QR code is form of barcode label which contains machine-readable information while e-Aadhaar is electronic version of Aadhaar that can be downloaded from official UIDAI website. The digitally signed QR code will contain photo of Aadhaar holder in addition to existing facility of demographic details. It will allow various user agencies like banks to verify the authenticity of Aadhaar card offline. This is a simple offline mechanism to quickly verify the genuineness of the Aadhaar card.

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)

UIDAI is nodal statutory organization behind the Aadhaar, a 12 digit unique number. It was granted statutory status by Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016. Aadhaar is 10 digit number is linked with an individual’s demographic and biometric information, which serves as an authentication tool throughout India. Using Aadhaar, Union and State Governments are trying to link many of their major development and subsidy schemes to reduce leakages and duplication.

Month: Categories: India Current Affairs 2018

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