Odisha: Making Education More Inclusive Through Technology

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Odisha has put a lot of effort on making education more accessible and inclusive with the use of modern technology. With eight SKOCH Orders-of-Merit and five awards, Odisha is a PERFORMER state. It has won one award in Platinum, three Gold and one Silver category. The focus area of the state has been education sector. The state bagged six SKOCH Orders-of-Merit and four awards in Education and Skill category. These awards were in one Platinum, two Gold and one Silver category.

Key Achievements
Odisha has done commendable work in promoting education among the vulnerable sections of the society through effective implementation of the Mid-Day Meal scheme. School and Mass Education Department has launched a unique e-Governance initiative “Child Tracking System” (CTS) to maintain a comprehensive database of children of 0-14 years of age throughout the state with their social and educational details for identifying the exact list of child beneficiaries to provide benefits under SSA and MDM schemes. It helps in implementing the child centric activities. Aadhaar number of the students and their parents are integrated in CTS for strengthening the system. CTS data being updated every year helps in tracking the progress of the education of each child till completion of his/her elementary education.

With a view to provide timely and comprehensive eye care facilities to children, the Government has introduced a programme named Bal Jyoti. This is an innovative programme for comprehensive eye screening and distribution of spectacles to the school students through ophthalmic team conducted under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. The objective of the programme is to provide eye care facilities like vision screening, on-the-spot spectacles distribution and to provide need-based eye surgery for the children with vision problem at cluster/block level in a mission mode.

Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education programme is operational in 1,485 schools offering primary level multilingual education in 21 tribal languages with the objectives of ensuring equitable quality education, empowering literacy and developing academic and cognitive skills in children’s mother tongues to foster multilingual competence with positive cultural identity and self-confidence. It became operational from 2007-08 following the decision taken by the State Tribes Advisory Council. As many as 62 tribes are residing in Odisha and majority of them use their distinct language and dialects. The languages used by the tribes in Odisha belong to three major language families – Indo- Aryan; Austro-Asiatic and Dravidian with distinct language structure different from the State’s official language, Odia.

In a bid to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of services to citizen, Odisha Government has implemented electronic receipt and disbursement facilities through Integrated Financial Management System. It is a comprehensive electronic system to facilitate capture of all financial activities of the State Government.

Pension reform has assured timely processing and disbursement of pensions for more than seven lakh Government employees.

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