Implementing IT for Education
June 2015

Implementing IT for Quality Education

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Subhas Chandra Goel Director General, Haryana Technical Education department

Subhas Chandra Goel Director General, Haryana Technical Education department

The Haryana Technical Education department has taken various steps towards implementation of IT in the day to day working. As many as 650 technical institutions of the department are being successfully monitored and consulted for various activities through online softwares, says Subhas Chandra Goel, Director General, Haryana Technical Education department to Gautam Debroy of Elets News Network (ENN)

How do you define the term of Technical Education?

‘Minimum Government Maximum Governance’ is the need of the hour. In order to achieve the benchmark set forth by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the focus on the quality of technical education will have to be taken into account. While digitising the government functioning and at the same time minimising the physical interface, the use of information technology becomes explicitly important. It is there then comes the role of technical education.

Technical education is the supreme component of human resource development with infinite potential for supplementing greater values to products and services and for improving the quality of life of the people. The department of technical education provides technically trained manpower in various fields of engineering and technology encompassing diploma, post diploma, degree and post-degree level courses conducted through technical institutions and thereby meeting the requirements of industries, departments and organisations.

What is the way out to have proper and accurate technical education system?

The Universities of Science and Technology will have to be given a free hand for the establishment of ‘Centre of Excellence’ so that the bench mark goal set up by the Prime Minister could be achieved. The Centre of Excellence is supposed to deliver the best so as to replicate the same in the industry and thus be useful to the society. In my personal opinion, the government should provide an edge to the institutions involved in the research and development activities and optimum utilisation of ICT. In other words, when we use the information technology we are also contributing to the environment and balancing the ecology

How is eGovernance working in Haryana?

With the fast pace of technological change, it is becoming important for the government to review existing structure of secretariat, hierarchies, policies and procedures. The entire paradigm of the secretariat will necessarily be different from what is at present. Consequently, a large scale retooling and restructuring in the secretariat will be called for. Secretariat and governance will inevitably be very different from what is today. Digital government will entail flatter organisational hierarchies and more personalised delivery of citizens’ services.

The ‘Electronic Governance’ in the secretariat aims at the IT driven system of governance that works better, costs less and is capable of servicing the decisionmaking machinery and citizens’ needs as never before. An urgent need was felt to have a central mechanism, like Secretariat for Information Technology (SIT), so that the electronic feedback system is operationalised.

How is your department using IT?

The Haryana Technical Education department has taken various steps towards implementation of IT in the day to day working. We have granted ‘Golden Icon Award’ for implementing paperless online off campus admissions to various admission seekers approximately 1.5 lakh every year for various disciplines all across the State. We started this in 2007 as a pilot project and since then we have not only been successfully making admissions in various technical education, but have also provided assistance to various other State Technical Education departments to replicate our online off campus admission system.

In which other sectors you are utilising online system?

As many as 650 technical institutions of my department are being successfully monitored and consulted for various activities through online softwares viz-a-viz (i) Adhar enabled biometric attendance system. (ii) MIS system for monitoring various activities (iii) e-salary system for disbursement of salary to the staff (iv) e-procurement (v) online financial monitoring and budgeting (vi) online generation of mark sheets to the diploma students.

I am of the opinion that the use of IT not only enthuse confidence amongst the stakeholders but it provides transparency, accountability, speedy disposal, record keeping and also increases the satisfaction level.

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