Education Deptt rebuked for enrolling just 39 percent students for Aadhar

The Aadhar enrollment of students has been made mandatory by MHRD for it feels it will help the department to keep a track of school children or keep a track of students after graduating.

SYED RIZWAN GEELANI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Apr 21 2018 12:52AM | Updated Date: Apr 21 2018 12:52AM
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The top officials of the state Education Department came in for a sharp rebuke from the secretary of the Central Ministry of Human Resource Development last week when he found out that the department was still far short of completing the registration of all the students for Aadhar in schools run by the state government.

The secretary, Anil Swarup, was taking a meeting with the officials of the Education Department when he came to know that of nearly thirteen lakh students only 39 percent have registered for Aadhar. “While chairing a meeting, secretary MHRD expressed displeasure over poor performance of department and asked department to expedite the process,” an official, who was part of meeting, said.

The official said MHRD under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan has provided 200 Aadhar enrollment machines to the school education department. All of the devices have been kept in schools equipped with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) laboratories.

“We have a total 201 education zones in state and one each Aadhar machine is stationed on a zone. But the process is very slow as education department has not trained all the concerned officials to run the Aadhar machines,” the official said. “In some cases the officials have deliberately shelved the process.”

The Aadhar enrollment of students has been made mandatory by MHRD for it feels it will help the department to keep a track of school children or keep a track of students after graduating.

“Aadhar enrollment will also help in maintaining transparency in running of Mid-Day Meals (MDM) scheme as in some cases teachers show bogus enrollment of students who are served meals under the scheme. It will help to show actual enrollment in schools,” the official said. 

The official further attributed the delay in the completion of the Aadhar enrollment to the failure of the education department to provide training to the officials to operate the machines. “In most of the zones, Aaadhar machines are not used till date which led to delayed enrollment of students on Aadhar," he said.

Following the slow pace of the Aadhar enrollment of students, a video conference was held by state project director (SPD) Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) with chief education officers (CEO) and asked them to make the Aadhar enrollment machines functional and expedite the process.

Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) G N Itoo said the Aadhar enrollment was subject of SSA but there was a delay in the completion of the enrollment due to the non-availability of adequate machines.

"Recently we had convened a meeting with CEOs they said only 50 out of 100 machines have been sent in Kashmir region. Besides, SSA has not given training to officials dealing with it," Itoo said.

He said the department needs laptop facilities for moving the Aadhar machines to schools for which Project director SSA has been asked to take up the matter with the government of India.

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