HRD Minister launches school education portal ‘Shagun’

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New Delhi: Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ during the launch of 'School Education Shagun Integrated Online Junction', in New Delhi, Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019. MoS for Human Resource Development, Communications and Information Technology Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao and the Secretary (Department of School & Literacy) Rina Ray are also seen. (PIB/PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ during the launch of ‘School Education Shagun Integrated Online Junction’, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019. MoS for Human Resource Development, Communications and Information Technology Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao and the Secretary (Department of School & Literacy) Rina Ray are also seen. (PIB/PTI Photo)

Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Wednesday launched a web portal ‘Shagun’, which links over 15 lakh schools across the country, to provide all information on school education.

The schools have been geo-tagged and all the data provided by them can be accessed through this portal.

“The progress of the country is dependent on education and the foundation of education needs to be solid. Shagun is an important initiative and through this portal, more than 2.3 lakh educational websites can be integrated,” the minister said.

According to HRD officials, there will also be a third-party verification of the information provided by schools and websites of 1,200 Kendriya Vidyalayas, 600 Navodaya Vidyalayas, 18,000 CBSE-affiliated schools, 30 SCERTs, 19,000 organisations affiliated with NCTE among others are integrated with the portal.

“Report cards of 15 lakh schools all over the country will be available on the newly created junction. The portal seeks to connect approximately 92 lakh teachers and 26 crore students. The website provides a very robust feedback mechanism. Common people can directly give their feedback about schools which will further increase the public participation and will ensure accountability and transparency,” the official said.

“The single source of information will immensely benefit all the stakeholders, including parents and the general public, heads of schools, teachers, students, the policymakers, the officials and the researchers. The website also provides vital information relating to the availability of nearby schools, navigable distance vis-a-vis aerial distance between schools,” the official said.

The minister also announced setting up of the Integrated National School Education Treasury (INSET), which envisages a fully integrated, instantly accessible and seamless information network for all parameters relating to the students, teachers, and schools in the country.

(PTI)