ICT and Digital initiative Scheme

Summary of Progress under ICT Scheme

Sl No. Year of Approval Number of School Implementation Status
1 2014-15 465 Implemented
2 2017-18 449 Implemented
3 2018-19 61 Implemented
  Total 975  

There is a growing awareness amongst the policy makers globally as well as across India on the emerging and pivotal role of ICTs in the education sector. There is a wide recognition for addressing digital divide issues. The integration of ICT at the school and classroom, warrant significant changes in the educational delivery mechanism, both at the school and classroom level. The Govt of India lauched ICT @School Scheme to enable Schools to use various ICT tools in Education and to provide digital literacy to students and teachers of government schools.

The Government of Jharkhand has been implementing the Central Govt. sponsored Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan and Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan ever since its inception and has further focused on improving the universalization of the primary and secondary education by combining it with the ICT Tools for Education Programme.

Implementation of Scheme in 465 Govt Schools (approved in 2014-15)

Under Centrally sponsored scheme Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan, ICT@School Scheme is being implemented from April 2017 in selected 465 Govt. Secondary/Sr. Secondary Schools of Jharkhand. The scheme is being implemented in BOOT model. Two agencies –1. IL&FS Education and Technology Services Limited, Mumbai and 2. Ricoh India Ltd, New Delhi were selected through transparent e-procurement method and agreement with them signed in the month of December 2016 for establishment of ICT labs in Schools and required services (including Manpower services such as School Coordinator for each School and District coordinator for each District) for imparting ICT enabled educations. 208 schools are assigned to Ricoh India Limited and rest 257 schools are assigned to IL&FS Education Ltd.

Implementation of Scheme in 510 Govt Schools (approved in 2017-18 and 2018-19)

To implement the scheme in BOOT model two agencies have been selected through online transparent e-tendering process-

  1. Bennett Coleman and Company Limited, Times of India Building Mumbai. To implement the scheme in 252 Schools spread across 12 Districts
  2. Extramarks Education India Private Limited, Noida, U.P.To implement the scheme in 258 Schools spread across 12 Districts

In this scheme a Computer Lab in selected schools is being established each with following Hardware and Software component:-

Computer Lab

Site Preparation: One Class room of the school was selected and necessary wiring/cabling/networking was done by the agency. The required furnishing of classroom such as white washing, flooring, safety provisions is made by School itself using School development funds/fund contributed by community/MLS/MP/Local Bodies etc. and available with them.

Hardware Component :Desktop Server-1, Thin Client-10, Projector-1, whiteboard-1, UPS with required Battery for one hour power backup -1, Networking equipments, required furniture's-30 chair, 13 tables, Multifunctional Printer-1, Salient Genset-1, Electric meter reader, Fire Extinguisher, etc.

Software Component-Ubuntu Linux, Open Office Libra, Multimedia e-content, etc.

Multimedia E-contentof subjects of Class VI-XII. Development of Multimedia E-content is done by the above agencies in consultation with JCERT.

The e-content is planned to be upgraded on every 3 months based on the feedback received from the subject teachers of schools. A online feedback module is being developed to track the feedback.

Manpower and other Educational resource services

School coordinator for each school-1 who is responsible for computer education to Students an teachers, provide all technical support to teachers in using ICT tools and multimedia content, Computer Lab maintenances and provide computer and other consumables as per requirment,

District coordinator for each district -1, who is responsible for visit schools and District Offices on regular intervals for required technical and operational support to Schools, Impart Training to Teachers on ICT in education, Computer Education consumables such as Cartridge, paper, etc. Genset consumables, Electricity Consumption services, etc. In the first phase of implementation Establishment of computer Lab took around 3 months. ICT Enables Education and Computer Education started from April 2017 in 465 schools and continuing. In the Second Phase of implementation ICT in selected 510 Schools , Implementing agency will deploy Cluster coordinator for every 30 Schools for providing onsite technical support to School teachers on ICT in Education.

The ICT lab is being used by subject teachers for teaching their subject using various ICT tools and through multimedia e-content. In 2019-20 the schools proposed under ICT scheme will have separate Smart Classroom (at least one in each school). The cost of which is proposed to be covered by State Govt. plan budget.

Provision of Computer Lab with internet enabled teachers of the schools for performing various non academic work requiring Computer and Internet easily at Schools. There are number of non academic works in schools such as Registration of Student for Board Exam, Scholarship, Entry /Updation of Student Database Management Information System (SDMIS)……. These tasks are being done at schools only. School Coordinators and District Coordinators are providing full technical support for completing the task on time. Students are also encouraged to use the internet facility to get their Marks/ result/ download question papers, prepare project reports; download and print admit cards etc. Enabled teachers to save time on non academic works as a result teachers are giving quality time for teaching students.

  1. ICT lab as Smart Classroom
  2. Schools as Resource Center for performing day to day computer related work (put some photographs)

School is prioritized on Enrolment, available infrastructure and Safety and security. Composite schools with secondary/hr Secondary Section with enrolment greater than equal to 300 enrolment and have additional classroom/other room/Computer room is priotized first.

Monitoring of the scheme is key to success of the scheme. The use of technologies are being tried to incorporate in the monitoring of implementation of ICT scheme along with traditional offline mechanism. The monitoring is done in 4 different ways. Each Monitoring mechanism has its own benefits and effectiveness.

Agencies have deployed technical person responsible for day to day activity monitoring and support at schools. Districts coordinators visit each school of their district at least once and they provide onsite technical and operational support to Schools/Teachers/Students. They are required to send reports of their daily activity to District ICT nodal officer and State ICT component in charge. All District coordinators and district nodal officers are connected to State office via social media (whatsapp group).
From State office a group of school is connected via Skype etc for video conferencing where students and teachers can directly connect with State project office and raise their concerns on implementation of the scheme.

An independent agency have been selected through e-tender process. The scope of the agency is as follows- The third party is responsible for the following covering 50% of the schools having ICT scheme from every district selected on random basis of each academic year. The year wise expected allotment of school for third party evaluation-

Sl.No Year of allotment Academic Year for evaluation No. of Schools where ICT Scheme is implemented Additional No. of Schools where ICT Scheme may be implemented Expected number of School to be allotted for Evaluation Minimum number of Schools to be allotted for Evaluation
1 2019-20 2018-19 465 510 232 232
2 2020-21 2019-20 465 510 487 232
3 2021-22 2020-21 465 510 487 232
4 2022-23 2021-22 465 510 487 232
  1. Through Various monitoring registers maintained at Schools and Districts

    Following registers/document are maintained at School duly certified by School Principal and the nodal Teacher of the School.

    • Copy of Installation Certificate issued jointly by Agency and School Principal.
    • Copy of Quarterly performance Report issued by School Principal.
    • Copy of Quarterly Performance Report for Manpower and Other services issued by School Principal.
    • Attested copies of Educational Qualification of all the School coordinator deployed by the agency along with the copy of letter of appointment issued by the agency.
    • School Co-coordinator daily attendance register
    • District co-coordinator /Project Manager Visit Register.
    • Daily ICT Lab Utilization log Register.
    • Hardware Maintenance Log Book
    • Computer Education Consumable Register.
    • Genset Consumable Register.
    • Electricity Consumption in ICT Lab and Bill Payment received register.
    • Register for keeping track of alternative arrangement of School coordinator if the school coordinator is absent for more than two days in a month.
    • E-Content : Uses and Feedback form
    • Quarterly performance Report for hardware maintenance and Quarterly Performance Report for Manpower and Other services duly certified by School Principal and District Education officer is analyzed at State office to take further actions with regard to effective implementation of the Scheme. 
  2. Through District Co-ordinators and District officials
  3. Through Third Party Evaluation and Monitoring

In order to monitor the implementation effectively a web based on line real time MIS software/application is under development. The agencies which have been selected to implement the scheme in 510 selected schools are developing the application. Hosting, implementation and maintenance (throughout the project period) of the web based on line real time MIS software/application is the responsibility of the agency. The system will will have following features-

  1. Through web based on line real time MIS software/application :
  2. Assessments of hardware and software installed in the ICT Lab and Manpower deployed by the implementing agencies as per MoU.
  3. Class wise (Class VIII-XII or as per availability of classes in the selected school) assessment of student enrolled in schools with respect to
    • % Use of ICT Lab in learning regular subject by students enrolled in the school after introduction of ICT in education and
    • Improvement in the computer literacy of the students of the school after introduction of ICT in education.
  4. Assessment of Subject Teacher with respect to improvement in computer literacy of teachers of the school after introduction of ICT in education.
  5. Appropriate research methods to assess the impact of the scheme through a high end statistical method. The method will be mutually agreed at the time of agreement and/or renewal of agreement.
  6. Various Analysis and fact report after completion of each year’s evaluation. It must also include comparative improvement/dis-improvement of the scheme over the year and with respect to each aspect and objective of the ICT scheme.
  7. Online web based real time assessment and evaluation portal which should have facility to generate the analysis and impact reports in various form. The hosting (preferly cloud based) of the portal will be responsibility of the selected agency. However the agency is free to choose open source platform for development of Webportal.
  8. Providing overall thought leadership to the project by using potential of eminent pedagogical experts.
  9. Assessment of Manpower’s deployed by the agencies in the project with respect to educational and professional qualification, experience, troubleshooting capability, training and learning capabilities, maintenance and upkeep of the hardware and software installed in the ICT Lab, support to Schools, coordination with district and state officials for running the project in a smooth way.
  10. Development of various formats of third party evaluation, assessment schedule, and assessment formats tools, Data capture formats, etc. in consultation of JEPC and get it approved from JEPC before starting the evaluation process each year for the above tasks
  11. Through web based on line real time MIS software/application :
    • Facility management, Infrastructure and Inventory/asset management (Inventory of each maintained and the concerned school principal/in-charge is made responsible for ensuring that all hardware and software has been marked as inventory item. The record of ICT inventory, school wise has to be maintained online also and to be made available to State Govt and Central Govt. as and when required) ,
    • Monitoring of the IT education delivery, track the maintenance and upkeeping of ICT Lab equipments,
    • monitoring of ICT lab uses,
    • track uses and consumables,
    • Manpower deployment details etc
    • In order to ensure the computers/equipments installed in the Schools are being used, softwares which can keep track of when the system turned on/off, how long it is used, linked to Central Server/State server is proposed to be put in place.
    • The MIS software will have provision of Biometric attendance/Geo tagged attendance/MAC address identified OTP based of ICT instructor, Cluster coordinators etc at school level. The attendance of ICT instructor, Cluster coordinators to be closely monitored by JEPC (State level and District Level office) through the above MIS software.
    • The MIS software will have the provision for generating various periodic reports/performance reports as per requirement..
    • MIS software will have online facility (Dash board) for monitoring of functioning, usage, lodging complaints, raising issues, feedback etc of the ICT@School Scheme at District and State level.
    • Feedback Module for e-content development, deployment and up gradation.
    • Module for raising issues, tracking the issues raised by Student/Teacher/School/District/State level officials etc.
    • All related modules required to maintain online registers mentioned above under “Through Various monitoring registers maintained at Schools and Districts”