Companies will be able to check recruits’ career and educational credentials on the National Skills Registry (NSR). The database will also help police to tackle data theft.
IT skills association Nasscom and the National Securities Depositry have set up the database in response to growing security concerns in India.
Speaking at the launch of the NSR, Nasscom president Kiran Karnik said: "Independent verification of data and biometric identification will not only increase security for companies and customers, but will protect employees from criminal elements seeking to misuse their ID. This will be one more step towards sustaining India's competitive advantage in the global market."
A Nasscom/McKinsey report in December predicted India's IT business services and IT exports would grow by more than 25% a year, reaching £35bn by 2010. The Indian IT sector already employs about one million people directly and a further two million in support services such as transport.