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Digital Initiative: Jammu and Kashmir launches Internet-based School Management Information System (SMIS)

SMIS is a digital initiative which includes both e-management of schools and e-learning of students

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Jammu, Dec 31, 2016: To create a single source of readily available database for policy-making, evaluation and distribution of resources, the state education department on Saturday launched the internet-based School Management Information System (SMIS).

Launched by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, the SMIS developed by the Education Department is an integrated technology framework that automates the entire end-to-end management of school education and its related information in the state.

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SMIS is a digital initiative which includes both e-management of schools and e-learning of students.

Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said here on Saturday that SMIS is a repository for data collection, processing, analysing and reporting of educational information including schools, students, teachers and staff of each and every school in the state.

“It will provide administrators and teachers with the information required for informed planning, policy-making and evaluation. It will also empower the local communities to get involved in their children’s education,” he said.

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“SMIS will be the largest e-governance initiative in J&K with a huge base of stakeholders involving 33% of total employees of the state and around 26 lakh students,” the minister said.

“SMIS provides readily available digital details of all the 28,000 schools in the state, their location, type of school, number of classrooms, toilets, library, science labs, boundary wall, number of teachers, number of students, teacher-student ratio,” Akhtar said.

“SMIS will help in scientific rationalisation of staff and space in schools, helping deployment of subject and qualification wise teachers. It also keep track of the academic performance of the schools, students, enrolment and dropout rate,” he added.

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The minister said given its large school system spread across length and breadth of the state the absence of a reliable database had resulted in poor decision-making, lack of transparency and accountability, uneven infrastructure and non-reliable teacher and student records, which compromise the larger goal of quality education. (IANS)

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An open database in China contains the personal information of more than 1.8 million women, including their phone numbers, addresses and a “BreedReady” status which could describe whether a woman has children or was of child-bearing age, according to a researcher.

Victor Gevers, a Dutch Internet expert from the non-profit group GDI.Foundation, found the insecure data cache while searching for open databases in China, the Guardian reported on Monday.

The database included fields labelled in English for sex, age, education, marital status, as well as a column titled “BreedReady”.

It is not clear whether the database is related to a dating app, government registry or another organisation or company.

Gevers, who also identified a database maintained by a surveillance company tracking at least 2.5 million residents in Xinjiang, said he was still taking samples and working on verifying the data.

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“More than this, we don’t have at the moment. Our primary concern is that it gets secured ASAP,” he told the Guardian.

The average age of women in the database was 32, with the youngest being 15, he said. Almost 90 per cent of included entries were described single and 82 per cent were listed as living in Beijing.

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The database also included fields labelled “political” as well as links to what appear to be Facebook profile pages.

Facebook is blocked in China and can only be accessed through virtual private networks. (IANS)