Gujarat government yesterday awarded Rs. 110 crore contract to HCL Infosystems to take Information Technology (IT) to around 7,000 schools in the state in collaboration with the Tribal and education departments of Gujarat. “HCL has been chosen to implement this project under a transparent model based on public private partnership (PPP),” the company said in a release.
The project will focus on Ashram Shala, Adarsh Nivasi Shala, Eklavaya, primary and upper primary schools,” the release added.
As part of the contract, the IT major will supply PCs with biometric finger print scanner for biometric based attendance system and UPS to over 6,000 schools under education department and 1,000 schools under tribal department.
HCL would offer facility management and run teacher training programs to supply and implement education software at the schools. HCL would facilitate capturing of online attendance data for both students and teachers in schools.
Under the existing programmes, schools in tribal areas get government grants based on the attendence of the students. New system is expected to provide real time data and therefore proper utilization of grants in the state. The system will also provide information of education patterns and dropout rates across regions to the government.
The implementation process would initially take place in two teibal area districts out of eight notified tribal districts, comprising of 150 schools each. Once carried out for 2 months, it will then be extended to all remaining schools.
HCL will also setup helpdesk at each district and a project management unit at Gandhinagar, for effective delivery. Beside this, HCL would also be deploying its specialist workforce of engineers in each school, responsible for periodical visits for on ground system support.