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.
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Details regarding about 1,650 schools were sent online using the VISHWAS application. More than 1,800 reports were produced on schools in 13 Talukas of Nagpur District. 1,600 school toilets have been maintained clean as a result of VISHWAS.
When the program was first implemented, it had only 30 fields on which information could be collected. Now, with continuous improvement, the application has grown to 170 fields, so the kind of information the government is able to extract using this application is huge.
For the future, there are plans to expand this program pan-India. Right now, talks are on with various states, and the program is about to be implemented in two other states. The plan is to take it to each district and sector helping the government.
Monitoring & Evaluation
More than 1,800 reports were produced on schools in 13 Talukas of Nagpur District. Twelve school inspectors were caught sending incorrect information from incorrect locations. About 40% of students have improved their academic skills due to regular teaching from subject teachers. About 180 teachers were given a verbal warning for not providing daily notes. In the visited schools, school inspectors conducted 1,200 examinations. Meal attendance was verified by the school inspectors in more than 1,200 schools, helping the education department to properly allocate the midday meal fund across the district schools.