Manisha Jha

Four names short-listed for inviting detailed proposal to provide smart card to each student

To provide integrated e-governance services

To be implemented in three phases

NEW DELHI: A smart card to each student to provide a complete electronic record of his or her academic, medical, psychological profile, dissemination of accurate and current data on schooling and shifting of the entire admission procedure and administrative works online could soon become a reality if all goes as per the plans of the New Delhi Municipal Council to provide a complete information technology overhaul to its schools.

The expression of interest document for this entire programme titled Educational Integration Project (EIP) for the NDMC schools was floated by the civic body in January and four names have also been short-listed for inviting a formal and detailed proposal on it.

According to the civic body, the project is aimed at transforming the NDMC school environment by providing efficient, convenient, transparent and integrated e-governance services for all participants in the schooling process including students, parents, teachers and the school management.

The software developed would incorporate admissions, examination, library attendance, billing, supplies and purchases, inventory and human resource management among other things.

An NDMC official said: “The core value of educational integration lies in a radical shift by us in our service approach from being department-centric to student-centric in providing services to the school community and ensuring that all academic and administrative functions are covered under EIP.”

“The key features of this approach include creation of a common interface for all functions within the school and an integrated platform for easy and convenient access to information and services for all. Once the entire school database is centralised online, parents, students and the school will be able to access any kind of data related to them online from the convenience of their homes,” he added.

According to the civic body, the ambitious project would be implemented as per a three-phased model comprising information capturing study, Phase I of EIP and expansion of Phase I of EIP.

While the study would include capturing the minimum data to start the platform along with school’s business rules for daily transaction, Phase I of EIP would include identification of around 10 schools including two to three Navyug Schools to start the project. This would be followed by expansion of the EIP to all the remaining schools under the third phase.

Though the implementation of the first two phases of the model was scheduled between March and April followed by the implementation of the third phase of EIP expansion from May to March, the Lok Sabha polls and the model code of conduct are proving to be a roadblock in fast-tracking the project, according to civic body officials.

“We plan to approach the Election Commission and inform them of our plan to ensure there is no violation of the rules before proceeding ahead with it. As it is delay is inevitable in government related projects and a further delay of about two months due to the elections adds up to a long time.”