E-Governance: Schools submitting data online but have no computers

E-Governance: Schools submitting data online but have no computers
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SRINAGAR: Under various schemes integrated with information technology, government schools in the state have to regularly submit various data online to the Education department. However, in the absence of computers at most of the schools, the administration and teachers face immense problems in recording, transferring, updating and submitting the data.
In Education sector various flagship programs have been started by the Government of India and state government to compile data about students, schools and their functioning.
School administrations have to send data about a number of parameters on regular basis to their concerned zones.
“For any online work in the school particularly the data which we have to send to the concerned ZEO offices, we have to go outside and get it done from the internet cafes,” said Gulzar Ahmad Owaisi, who teaches at Government School Khanyar. “In the absence of computers it becomes very difficult to record and send the data.”
Among the programs, the GOI’s School District Management Information System (SDMIS) aims to develop student database that would keep record of academic journey of every student studying in the government and private schools throughout the country.
Under this project, a database of all school going children of the state was put online by the Department of Education. It targeted to map all 27.59 lac school going children of the state up to class 12th both under the private and public domain. Details of students like Aadhaar no, social category, mother tongue, habitation, disability status, access to textbooks, transport, escort, hostel and mid-day meal facilities, contact number of guardians and the medical status of the students was to be mapped in the project. With an Adhaar ID to the students it would move towards developing child-tracking system.
Another program, Unified District Information System for Education (U-DISE, gathers necessary data for planning and managing school education. It records information as varied as the level of dropouts and the condition of school toilets. The U-DISE data are used extensively for planning and monitoring development interventions in the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyhan (RMSA). It also serves as the major source of official statistics.
The Centralized Personal Information System (CPIS), a flagship E-Governance application of the state government was started to capture employee profiles as well as office profiles in the CPIS database of all the departments, spread over in the entire state of Jammu & Kashmir. It also envisages keeping up-to-date information of employees, when they are promoted, transferred or retired etc. It also aimed to assign a unique Employee Identification Number to all the employees for future references.
Also, in schemes meant for students like INSPIRE Award Scheme the school needs to submit nominations of eligible children. Before filing nominations on-line, the concerned schools will have to do a one-time registration process and obtain a permanent registration no. from their respective district authority.
Only the schools which have computer labs for teaching students use the lab to send the data.
“There is an immediate need to provide computers to the schools so that they can send the data on time and without any difficulty,” an employee at one of the Zonal Education Office said. “I have to call the schools many times for the data but I know they have limitations and cannot send the data in time”.
Officials at Chief Education Office said that it was an “issue” but they “cannot comment” on it.
“We cannot say what to do in this matter, we have to get it confirmed from the higher officials,” said an official.
Director School Education, Ghulam Nabi Itto, was busy in a meeting and could not be contacted despite several attempts by the reporter.