To check bogus enrollment and duplication in ascertaining the total number of students enrolled in its primary schools, the state's education department has begun a computerised tracking system in which each child will be provided a unique identification number to help track his movement in case he changes his school.
The exercise will also help in an effective implementation of the Right to Education Act, which comes into effect from the academic session next year, said Manoj Aggarwal, state's project director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Commissioner of Primary Education.
The education department aims to cover more than 62 lakh students in over 40,000 primary schools run by the government.
Later, the department also plans to link and replace this child tracking system with the central unique identification number ADHAR.
"For a variety of reasons, children often change schools, sometimes without even intimating authorities of their former schools. This leads to duplication. Also, bogus names or manipulated enrollment is another area of concern which will be checked by these ID numbers," Aggarwal said.
The tracking system will also analyse reasons behind this mobility of students and identify drop-outs and gap years among children.
A separate budget of about Rs 20 crore has been earmarked for the scheme, which will be implemented by DISE (District Information System of Education). Distribution of forms for the scheme has already started in some and the entire process, to the point of uploading data, is expected to be complete by December this year.
Aggarwal said these unique ID numbers will be without photographs of the students. The computerised data base of each ID number will reveal comprehensive information about the student and his past education records, he added.