The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has finalised the list of 15 training agencies empanelled with it for providing training to various personnel working for the enrolment agencies. UIDAI has also enlisted 220 agencies who are qualified for the enrolment process.
The training agencies empanelled include Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) subsidiary CMC, Chennai-based Everonn Education, Aptech, NIIT, CDAC, the All India Punjab Technical University Department Association, Cavalier India, Ecit, Hero Mindmine Institute, IndiaCan Education, Manipal K12 Education, Manipal Education, Tata Interactive Systems, DOEACC Society and Crux Management.
The empanelled agencies can now provide services to registrars and enrolment agencies to develop the skills of their personnel. Meanwhile, UIDAI has appointed a testing and certification agency to conduct online tests to assess the individual’s ability to carry out enrolments according to its prescribed standards.
"Since the enrolment process requires a certain amount of technical as well as soft skill to ensure quality and accuracy of the data, the UIDAI has stipulated mandatory certification for all the personnel involved in the enrolment process," said R S Sharma, director general UIDAI.
UIDAI has empanelled 220 agencies that include small and medium IT firms, advertising and financial trading firms. Some of the names include 4GID Solutions, Comat Technologies, Datasoft, CSS, Glodyne Technoserve, Deep Advertising, Spanco, UTI Technology among others.
"These firms have been empanelled based on their technical qualification. This also means that states can either work with these firms directly for the enrolment process or they can come out with a request for proposal (RFP) for firms who would then have to be shortlisted according to the UIDAI format. If state governments choose from the list of the empanelled firms then the time to get the systems up and running would be much shorter," said Sharma.
Training will allow the enrolment agencies to capture the demographic and biometric information of the residents accurately.
The data will then be sent to UIDAI’s central database to enrol residents for Aadhaar — the UIDAI’s unique 12 digit identification number for Indian citizens.
UIDAI has been announced over 20 states, the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) and the State Bank of India as the registrars.
NIIT Ltd, one of the agencies empanelled by the UIDAI, said this empanelment only meant that a certification for training will be provided and it does not involve any contracts.
"The UIDAI has set standards and the contracts will come individually to every agency," said an official from one of the empanelled agencies.
According to the tender issued by UIDAI, to cover 40 per cent of the country’s population in two years, it would require 155 training centres that would train 31,019 staff. UIDAI will need 4,431 enrolment centres and 22,157 enrolment stations.
Each training centre should be equipped with at least 20 computers (PCs) on LAN with the central server, centralised laser printer, audio/video equipment, UPS, internet connectivity and UIDAI-approved bio-metric devices.