Orissa (India) based firm Cybertech Software Multimedia Pvt Ltd ( CSM) has created a single data base of 10.68 million children in the entire Orissa state for sharing with other departments in a first of its kind of e-governance project, e-Shishu.
A new site, www.opepa.in which includes the entire data base has also been created for the purpose. The state is taking this movement under the Sarva Sikhsya Abhiyan (SSA) in the state and the Orissa Primary Education Programme Authority (OPEPA) has been selected as primary implementing agency. E-Shishu project includes codified household, school, teacher, child information in the state. The database also includes geographic, demographic and educational details of the age between 0 and 14 years. The main objective of the project is to collect information of children from each house in all the villages across the state. The project is mainly time-bounded project and OPEPA, being the monitoring agency, required a weekly progress report which was realised to be a necessity for an effective communication system under E-Sishu. The government has established an intranet system across Orissa in Gajapati, Rayagada, Nawramgpur, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Sonepur, Boudh, Khandamal, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Angul and Deogarh. The state government has also developed a real-time web based project monitoring system to keep tabs on the weekly progress in terms of financial and physical achievement, civil work and disbursement of different progress reports. The school data was mapped with the help of existing data based for future update through web-based solutions, generating reports required for planning and budgeting field surveys from different data base.