National Skills Registry is a NASSCOM initiative to have a credible information repository about all persons working in the industry. This develops trusted and permanent fact sheet of information about each professional along-with background check reports. This is a security best practice for the industry and assures identity security, industry acceptance to honest professionals.
National Skills Registry (NSR) is a database of details of the Professionals as entered by them and background check information on the same. It includes personal, academic and employment details of individuals employed / to be employed in the industry. Every professional registered in NSR is identified uniquely by finger-prints. The database also stores the photograph of the registered professional. Some of the important attributes of NSR system are
NSR is a central system which brings the registered professional (providers of information), background checkers (information verifiers) and industry / clients (information users) on the same platform. NSR connects all the entities and provides for seamless information flow to suit respective needs. While doing this NSR ensures privacy of data of registered professional and information requirements of users. By providing for information flows on a central system, NSR also develops common and standard data formats, data interpretation among users and process standards among service providers.
NSR system creates unique, lifetime valid and permanent profile for all registering professionals. Uniqueness of all registering professionals is determined by using proprietary biometric matching software i.e. FACTS. The system works on the basis of established facts that biometrics for each person is unique, permanent and difficult to copy.
Each person can create only one unique profile in NSR, any subsequent profile created is marked as Duplicate. This creates a huge benefit of identity security to the individual and ease of reference to the industry and clients. Professionals can also quote their NSR registration number ITPIN on their resumes and can facilitate companies to refer to them. Companies can incorporate ITPIN for their employees in their HR records and facilitate information reference.
The above two features i.e. Central database of people with unique and permanent profiles work together to create an important security attribute i.e. Deterrence. As against a scenario where there is no database of information and same person can represent in as many ways as desired and each time the information user needs to validate the information, in NSR each person can create only one profile and all industry refers to the same.
Professionals create their own profile and write their own data. The data is not sourced by NSR from HR records or any other source. While creating the profile the professionals are informed that he / she is creating a permanent record which is subjected to background checks and is used for industry / client reference. The professionals are requested to ensure to enter only correct and accurate information.
NSR system ensures that each person is actually he / she whom he / she is claiming to be. Before creating profile of any person on NSR system, an identity check is done to ensure this. NSR has appointed Points of Service across the country for this service. Such centers check the identity details as claimed by the person registering on NSR with an established identity proof and also his / her photograph with the person appearing for registration.
This ensures that each registered person's identity is correct, verified and profile can be trusted.
NSR works on the principle of providing an opportunity to the professionals to represent their correct details. Therefore professionals create their profile themselves and they alone can update it for any changes. Ownership of the information represented and its accuracy lies with the concerned professional.
NSR further provides for unparalleled privacy of information to the professionals. Not only that, professionals create their own profile but they only decide which company can view their profile. Companies can access profile of any professional registered on NSR only on the specific authorization.
NSR system captures personal, educational and employment experience details about each person registered. Only such details are captured as are objective, factual and can be verified. For example in relation to an employment NSR captures only period of employment and designations with the concerned employer. NSR does not captures the skills or performance of a person. Details of all the data captured on NSR is available at https://nationalskillsregistry.com/checklist.htm.
NASSCOM and NDML have empanelled independent, professional background checkers to provide profile verification services to registered professionals and companies. Details of the background checkers empanelled are available on the page EBC.htm
Following measures are expected to improve background check processes and generate uniformity and consistency of results
- Empanelment subject to similar due diligence requirements
- Uniform continued operational requirements
- Process Quality Standards
- Standard Verification Reporting Language
- Adherence to information security norms such as ISO 27001 certification.
By helping in creating a unique and verified profile of each professional NSR makes the background check process and results transparent to all users of the system including the professional himself / herself.
Reports once posted on NSR system for a professional become permanent useful information and can be referred again and again e.g. if educational and experience details of a professional have been verified once the same details need not be verified again at all. Thereby the cost, efforts and time involved in repeat background checks can be eliminated.
NSR provides an online platform using which background process can be handled.
The Professional : can represent his / her information to the desired company sitting on any connected computer. Based on this authorization by the professional the companies can view the profile.
The Company Officials : can view the information along with available background check reports from their computer. If required, the company officials can set-up an online request for verification and they choose
- The details that need to be verified
- The empanelled background checker who should conduct the verification
- Charges for verification can be agreed directly with chosen background checker
The empanelled background checker : will be able to view the background check requests online in its login. The relevant branches of the background checker can start working on their area immediately as information is online. As the information is verified, reports are generated and checked, the same can be posted online against the request. Such reports can now be seen by all authorised users.
Every component of professional's record will have an indication of verification status and the results. An example of a verified profile is presented below
|NAME OF Professional : Swapnil Govind|
|ITPIN : 750000001245|