TAMIL NADU

School-mapping project under way

ENTERING DATA: Block Resource Teachers feeding details collected for the school-mapping project into a handheld device in Nagercoil on Friday. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

ENTERING DATA: Block Resource Teachers feeding details collected for the school-mapping project into a handheld device in Nagercoil on Friday. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen  



P.S. Suresh Kumar

To enumerate hamlets without access to schools

Nagercoil: A State-level school-mapping project got under way in the district here on Friday with a one-day training programme for Block Resource Teachers. The project is being implemented under an initiative of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development through the Tamil Nadu State Mission for Education-for-All (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan).

The Department of Future Studies of Madurai Kamaraj University in Madurai and the Department of Geology of Bharathidasan University in Tiruchi have been entrusted with the implementation of the Rs.93-lakh project, using Global Positioning System.

Professor Sundaram of Madurai Kamaraj University and Professor Vasudevan of Bharathidasan University jointly inaugurated the training programme.

Objective

According to Mr. Sundaram, the aim of the project was to enumerate hamlets without access to primary schools in a specified area in relation to the general population and those in the school-going age as per SSA indicators.

The Block Resource Teachers, two for each block, would collect details and send them through a hand-held device linked to a Global Positioning System. In Kanyakumari district, 1,967 hamlets and 1,115 schools in nine blocks Agastheeswaram, Thovalai, Rajakkamangalam, Munchirai, Thuckalay, Kurumthancode, Killiyur, Thiruvattar and Melpuram will be covered.

Mapping had been completed in the districts of Pudukottai, Tiruchi, Karur, Erode, The Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Theni, Dindigul, Madurai and Tirunelveli, covering 17,535 schools in 23,900 hamlets.

Details of taluk, village, panchayat and block boundaries, major water bodies and road network, extracted from existing map sources, would be incorporated.

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