THE HRD Ministry is set to launch a programme next month that would probably be the world’s largest student tracking system, sources said.
Shala Asmita Yojana (SAY) aims to track the educational journey of close to 25 crore school students from Class I to Class XII across 15 lakh schools in the country. In other words, this online database will carry information about student attendance and enrolment, mid-day meal service, learning outcomes and infrastructural facilities, among other things, on one platform for both private and government schools. Asmita stands for All School Monitoring, Individual Tracing Analysis.
The government will track students through their Aadhaar numbers. According to official estimates, almost 65 per cent of school students in the age group of 5 to 18 years have Aadhaar numbers. Those who don’t will be given a unique identity number for tracking.
Ministry officials are learnt to have made a presentation on SAY at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday. “We have the go-ahead from the PMO and should launch it by mid June,” said a senior ministry official.
The success of the programme hinges on states’ participation as local authorities will have to feed data on a daily basis in the online tracking system. The Centre claims that all states are on board. “This system will, say, help track leakages and corruption in mid-day meals. Which state would not want such a mechanism?” the official added.