For security check on staff, an IT database


Tags : National Skills Registry, India

Posted: Sun Nov 09 2008, 02:49 hrs


While the National Skills Registry (NSR) was launched in 2006 to build and maintain a database of details of employees in IT companies and BPOs, itís only after a series of terror attacks that the industry is making it mandatory for all employees to register with the NSR. IT companies that are part of the NSR can also request background checks, conducted by third-party security agencies, on individuals. They have access to the records of each otherís employees, including their photographs and fingerprints.

IT major Infosys began making NSR mandatory for employees following the Jaipur serial blasts on May 13 this year and after police detained Infosys employee Rashid Hussain for questioning. Hussain was given a clean chit later but Infosys fired him after a background check revealed anomalies in his resume. Later in September, Yahoo employee Mansoor Peerbhoy was arrested for sending terror mails and for his alleged links with the Indian Mujahideen.

Raghavendra K, VP and Head, HR, Infosys BPO, said the company has decided to get all its employees registered with the NSR. This also facilitates verification of their educational and professional details.

The NSR was launched in January 2006 under the aegis of NASSCOM and National Database Management Limited. At present, 3.5 lakh IT professionals are registered with the NSR. However, only 66 companies across the country are part of NSR, of which 22 have made registration mandatory for employees.