About Diri

About DIRI

India has the world’s largest biometric enabled digital identity system in use and in its present form, Aadhaar presents unique challenges as well as represents enormous potential.

DIRI is a targeted and multidisciplinary research initiative to explore key questions around digital identity systems with a focus on making Aadhaar an integral part of welfare programmes & explore private sector applications to achieve growth, efficiency and effectiveness.
“Digital Transformation Of India Is Perhaps The Most Important Development Priority…………Our Work At DIRI Aims To Ensure Digital Identity Benefits All Stakeholders Of The Society And Create The Infrastructure To Make Data A Public Good.”

Professor Bhagwan Chowdhry – Executive Director, DIRI

Our research on digital identity focuses on three interconnected themes — digital identity & the individual, anonymization & aggregation of data and leveraging data & identity for public welfare.


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Research in Action

Below is the demonstration of the cutting-edge work done in mining media, Twitter, and unstructured data across platforms to generate insights for policymakers and researchers alike.

We use state of the art NLP, data visualization, data gathering, and data aggregating tools to develop dashboards and insights as data products. Under these, our ambit is to work on all facets touched by the digitization of individuals' identity in the country.


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Aadhaar in the news

At DIRI, we are using state-of-the-art Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence methods to mine and analyze the large and rich corpus of print media (English language). Our analysis provides powerful insights into the media and public perception of Aadhaar.

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Suno suno: Aadhaar on Twitter

Twitter provides a deep account of what the public perceives when they interface with their digital identity. Our intent is to capture both positive and negative reactions that policymakers could take cognizance of.
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Skill Port

One nation one skill port is one small step in technology but a giant leap in the evolution of resolving the complex problem of matching unskilled and semi-skilled labour force with suitable employers, pan India. Digital identity Research Initiative at ISB, funded by the Omidyar network, is developing India’s first tamper proof, human centric and layerable skill port with its technology partners.

The skill port is powered by state-of-the-art blockchain technology, built on a user-friendly app, that enables workers with both feature phones and smart phones.

World Class Team

Guided by a steering committee of eminent policymakers, academicians, industry leaders, and commentators, the small and tightly-knit but growing team at the DIRI enjoys working on research and policy issues.

Latest News


Press Releases | Diri

Digital Identity Research Initiative (DIRI) at the Indian School of Business (ISB) collaborates with Transerve for its India Pulse Program

Jan 05, 2021



BhagwanKeLiye with Anand Kumar Bajaj, Founder and CEO of PayNearBy


Nov 28, 2020



BhagwanKeLiye with MissCallPay Founder Miitesh Thakkerr


Nov 20, 2020


An army of helpers could be raised to facilitate transactions, complete transformation

Sep 11, 2020

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