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India: e-Shishu project receives Prime Minister Award for Excellence in Public Administration

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The Orissa (India) Primary Education Project Authority's project has come out with a comprehensive database of all children between newborn and 14 years of age in Orissa complete with details including name, age, education and their family's financial status. The project e-Shishu has received the prestigious Prime Minister Award for Excellence in Public Administration award for the best e-governance practice for the year 2006-07.

Project e-Shishu has been designed to meet the goals of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and would track 10.8-million children between newborn and 14 years and map around 70,000 schools and identify 1.48 lakh teachers. The project was completed through a door-to-door survey of nearly 75 lakh families. As many as 52,000 enumerators collected information from every village in 30 districts of Orissa. e-Shishu also involves a 'child tracking system' wherein each child's name and guardian's name is registered. District programmers would from now on update information about the child, school and important details at the district office while the data would be consolidated at the centralised server in the state office.

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