For the first time in the country, the State government has introduced a new system of providing a unique code, on the lines of Aadhaar, to all students at the time of admission to avoid duplication and maintain a record of all students.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri said the work of providing unique code to all students had already begun and its formal inauguration was slated for Wednesday in Bangalore.

The provision for a unique code would also end complaints of duplication of names and admission under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. “There have been some complaints of duplication of names, particularly in the Gulbarga region,” he said.

To a question, the Minister said there was no proposal to outsource the midday meal scheme any further.

The State government has decided to introduce a cost-effective, steam-based cooking system in schools that have more than 500 students. This system would help the administration in cutting down costs while providing clean food, he said.

Karnataka, Mr. Kageri said, was among those States that had fully utilised funds under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. This year, more than Rs. 2,000 crore was spent on various activities to improve infrastructure in schools, he added.