The Samagra Shiksha of J&K launches app for OOSC

Samagra Shiksha of Jammu and Kashmir launches an app for OOSC in collaboration with Velocity Software and UNICEF. (Representative image) Source- The Hindustan Times

The School Education Department of J&K launched an app for out-of-school children. This application is for mainstreaming the dropouts or non-enrolled students.

'Talaash' is the name of the app. Samagra Shiksha, Velocity Software, and UNICEF teamed up for designing this app. The app was finished in a span of 2-3months.

The Project Director of Samagra Shiksha J&k, Dr. Arun Manhas, launched the app in a virtual session. The School Education Department has framed an OOSC program. This program aims at tracking the OOSC in a timely and quality manner.

Talaash app has a variety of features that will fast-track the monitoring system. It is a web-based application for data collection and tracking the progress of the OOSC. There is also a dashboard for reporting purposes.

The application is easy-to-use. Teachers can use it on their respective smartphones. Using this app, they can conduct surveys. Data collection and entry of that data are minimized to only one step. So, the entire process is fast and seamless. There is no need for manual data entry and keeping track and compilation of data in one place.

The application also has in-built prompts. It ensures that no critical fields are left blank. Users can view the data after auto-compilation. The collected data is presented in the form of detailed analytical reports. This will allow the administration to take timely action via the dashboard. It will also reduce the existing time lag in the availability of data.

The application will allow teachers to track and track the OOSC.

Jammu and Kashmir have around 27,500 OOSC. There are two primary categories of OOSC- Never enrolled and Dropouts. There are various provisions for mainstreaming of OOSC in the (RTE) Act, 2009.

Dr. Manhas said, "COVID-19 has made the use of technology in education most imminent. EdTech initiatives have grown leaps and bounds in the last year. Mainstreaming of OOSC was one of the Education Ministry's top priorities. The technology could ease everything. "

Field Officer of Samagra Shiksha, Peerzada Mushtaq Ahmed was present during the launch. State Coordinator, Ghulam Rasool Mir, Bal Ji Thaploo were present too. Programmers Sunita Fotedar and Vikas Kahjuria were also present. A team of education specialists from UNICEF was present. This team included Ganesh Nigam, Aurelia Ardito, and Danish Aziz. The developer team of Velocity Software also graced the occasion. The developer team included Harsh Agarwal, Nitin Srivastava, and Ranjan Sharma.

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