Aadhaar in focus: B-school ISB to do research on world’s largest digital identity system
India has the world’s largest biometric enabled digital identity system which is a fascinating subject for research – the outcomes of which can serve as a good model for other countries to replicate. Keeping this in mind, the Indian School of Business (ISB) has announced the launch of a Digital Identity Research Initiative (DIRI) – a multi-disciplinary study on India’s unique identity system, Aadhaar, and its implications.
To promote an ecosystem of academic research on Aadhaar, ISB, which has campuses in Hyderabad and Mohali, will engage with researchers and academic institutions from India and abroad. It will study the impact of Aadhar on benefit transfers, financial inclusion, healthcare schemes, public distribution systems and public policy.
The project’s $2million funding comes from eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s ‘philanthrophic investment firm’ Omidyar Network for a period of two years.