The National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, is a premier organization dealing with capacity building and research in planning and management of education not only in India but also in South Asia.
It was seen that the educational statistics collected by the states were not only inadequate to meet the growing needs of the decentralized planning but were characterized by inordinate delays, highly aggregative and were not amenable to validation and reliability tests. Since school statistics formed the core of educational statistics, it was rightly recognized that major reforms in school statistics both in terms of their scope and coverage as well as availability and use have to be carried out. To solve this pain point, the District Information System for Education (DISE) was created.
However, the data available on these websites and agencies isn’t easily accessible and have not contributed to the public debate on education in India, or spread awareness in individual districts about their district’s performance. We also don’t know how far each district and school is from fulfilling the goals of the right to education program, and what particular indicators are lacking, and thus, finally, what is needed to bridge the gap.
The Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University wants the hackathon attendees to attempt to develop a planning tool that can solve the pain points mentioned above. This can be through visualizations based on the data on the websites above as applets or mobile apps, and district based reporting mechanisms which help the citizens get involved with their district’s metrics, and demand better results! This planning tool can also be used to compare actual data from these districts with the expected performance and criteria listed in the Right to Education bill, and evaluate the best methods to improve and build compliance into the system.