Mumbai : Schools of the state have been informed to collect data of students from Class 1 to 12 and compile it by April 25. This data will be compiled under Student Data Management Information System (SDMIS) which will be used to track details of every student for the Child Tracking System (CTS) and keep a record of all documents digitally.

This data will include academic information, family details, examination, results, scholarship, achievement, attendance, disability, personal details and general information of every student. SDMIS will be under Unified District Information System for Education (U-DISE) which will cover all schools.

This initiative has been introduced to keep a record of academic journey of every student studying in around 1.5 million government and private schools of India. Students will be tracked with the help of Aadhaar Number. This programme is a part of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan where the central government aims to provide education to all students and improve quality of education.

School authorities stated this move will help keep a track of students to tackle the drop-out rate. Radha Seth, a teacher said, “Large number of students are quitting civic-run schools and there is no track of either the reason or status of those students. This database will help us understand the academic progress and family background of a student. We can then tackle various situations and prevent drop out once we know where the problem lies.”

In addition, this database will help resolve untoward incidents and help students. A senior official of state education department, said, “We can check on the student, financial background, social background and also get personal details of students through this digital database. It will help find the cause and remedy to conduct various measures to help students cope up with their academics and prevent any untoward incidents.”

Teachers claimed this move is basically a simple initiative to know students better. Rajendra Mehta, a teacher said, “We have so many students who pass every year that we do not know students on a personal level. Students face stress due to problems at home or with family and this uniform data will help us to know each and every student on a personal level.” Principals of all schools have been informed to compile all data by April 25 as the final database is expected to be created by May 1 by the state government.

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