The Launch of APAAR Card: One Nation, One Student ID
The central government has implemented a system to issue a single ID to all students in the country, similar to the ‘Aadhaar Card’, which serves as a single identity for all citizens of India. This initiative, called the Automated Permanent Academic Account Registry (APAAR Card), has been launched as part of the National Education Policy 2020. It is conceptualized as a ‘one nation, one student ID card.’ With this system, all student-related details, such as complete academic data including degrees, awards, scholarships, and credits, will be digitized. This highly beneficial system for students is known as Edu Locker.
Benefits for Students
The APAAR Card is a digital ID issued to students in private and government schools and colleges across the country. The digitization of academic details allows students to view and download their information online as needed. It facilitates the tracking of student records, making transfers between schools simpler. From pre-primary to postgraduate levels, all schools and colleges will issue this card.
How to Register
Log into the Academic Bank of Credits website, click on ‘My Account’, and select ‘Student’.
Open a Digilocker account and enter mobile, address, and Aadhaar card details.
Complete the KYC verification and input academic details such as school, university name, class, course name, etc.
The APAAR card will be generated after submitting the form.
Mandatory Details for Registration
An account in Digilocker (for KYC purposes).
Parental consent for the issuance of the APAAR card (Note: Parents can withdraw their consent even after initially consenting).
Schools will issue the APAAR ID card only after obtaining parental consent.
How to Download
Students can download the card after APAAR registration. This card includes a 12-digit unique identification number and can contain their academic records. It will be linked with the student’s Aadhaar card. To download:
Log in to the Academic Bank of Credits website.
Click on ‘APAAR Card Download’ on the Dashboard.
The APAAR card will be displayed on the screen.
Download or print the APAAR card by clicking the appropriate button.
Acts as a lifetime identity card for students.
Consolidates academic data in one place.
Simplifies admission processes in new institutions across the country.
Helps identify and re-enroll student dropouts.