VISHWAS-Visiting Information of Schools Handled With Attendance System

Android mobile-based application Visiting Information on Schools Handled with Attendance System (VISHWAS) helps to reduce the corruption at the school level and helps the government to accurately estimate the midday meal budget for the district, thus saving money.
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Year launched: 
2012
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CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
Primary Approach: 
Implementer: 
Soft Systems

Location Data

State/Province: 
Maharashtra
City: 
Nagpur
Geography type: 
Program Description: 

The VISHWAS program brings in help to enhance the academic level of the school's students and performance of the school staff through its reporting system. This is an Android-based application divided into two parts. The first part, called the "Employee Feedback System," is installed on the mobiles of on-field employees, and the other part, called the "Manager Reporting System," is installed on the manager's mobile. 

The program facilitates the online reporting about Zilla Parishad schools by the school inspectors. The concept is simple: The government on-field employee visits the schools and collects school-related data to send to the manager in real time using the online mobile application. The reported data include school attendance, the midday meal, surprise test results, regular exam results, school infrastructure details, accounting information details, school photos, latitude and longitude details, and audio and video recordings. 

It gives every minute detail (including the start and end time of visit and the total time spent at the school) on the visit paid by the on-field employee, or school inspector, to the school. The system could also accurately verify the correct location (latitude and longitude) of the employee's visit using the satellite communication technology known as global positioning system (GPS) and will be able to highlight the targets that are not achieved by the on-field employee. Using their mobiles, employees will be able to send the real time information on the status of the visited schools along with the photo. At the same time, the manager will be in a position to identify the falsely claimed targets whereas he could also identify the employees who are not attending the targets regularly. This application also helps to reduce the corruption at the school level and helps the government to accurately estimate the midday meal budget for the district, thus saving money. 

Highlighting Innovation: 
Innovative tool to verify the accuracy of data in government education system. Ideally meant for school inspectors visiting schools and collecting correct data to submit to education officer.
Key Challenges: 
Managing the application to run in rural areas without a network, convincing center head that application is not an attack on privacy, and training users on use of hi-tech mobiles as well as VISHWAS.