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Updated: October 26, 2012 15:52 IST

Permanent identity numbers for students in classes 1 to 10 in Karnataka

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Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri.
Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri.

4,000 primary school teachers to be recruited by November 15

On the lines of Aadhaar number of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UDAI), the government has decided to provide permanent identification numbers to all students from class I to class X to check the dropout rate and ensure the enforcement of Right to Education (RTE) Act in all schools in the State.

A decision has been taken to fill 4,000 teacher posts in government primary schools.

Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Visweshwara Hegde Kageri said that preparations have been made to issue 16digit numbers to students of all government, aided and unaided schools.

The unique code numbers have been given to some students and the process is expected to be completed by December-end, he said.

As part of the drive, every student’s photograph, thumb impression, date of birth, blood group, birthplace, details of parents and address would be collected.

The details of each student would be uploaded on the Education Department’s website before issuing the students permanent identity numbers. Any government department can access the details of the students.

Objective

The main objective of the unique code is to track the progress made by students, check dropouts, and misuse of government schemes such as distribution of free textbooks and uniforms. It would help avoid duplication in admission of students, the Minister said.

“The number code will help us print the exact number of textbooks every year and identify which student left school in which year. We are uploading the details on the website,” the Minister said.

Officials in the department told The Hindu that the data of nearly 1.06 crore children studying I to VIII standards has been collected. The process to collect data of IX and X standards is under way. It would also help the authorities and parents to monitor the performance of students in schools.

Teachers

Mr. Kageri said that the Finance Department has permitted to fill 4,000 teacher posts in primary schools.

Of the 12,000 vacancies, a decision has been taken to recruit 4,000 teachers and the process would be completed by November 15, he said.

Teachers are expected to report for duty before the next academic year, he said.

About vacancies in high schools, he said that guest teachers would be appointed to fill vacancies this academic year.

‘Chess day’

Mr. Kageri said that a “chess day” would be organised in all government and aided high schools in the State on November 30. About 15,000 schools would conduct the programme.

It aimed at creating awareness among students about the game, he said.

Medical college

He said that the government has sanctioned a medical college to Uttara Kannada district.

The college would be established either at Sirsi or Karwar. Minister for Fisheries, Science and Technology Anand Asnotikar was in favour of establishing the college in Karwar, he added.

Library

To help develop book reading habits among schoolchildren and utilisation of library books, the department has directed all government, aided and unaided primary and high schools in the State to organise a “Thegeyiri Pushataka Horage-Hachhiri Jnanada Divige” programme on November 7.

The objective of the programme is to create awareness among schoolchildren about utility of library books. School libraries would be renamed as “Shradha Vachanalaya”, he said.

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