A GPS-based Android mobile phone application has been introduced by the Madhya Pradesh Government in order to keep track of the attendance of teachers in schools across the state.
Sanjay Dube, the Division Commissioner of Indore said to a national daily, “The state government has implemented the novel experiment of taking e-attendance. Now the attendance of teachers will be taken through the phone application.”
This concept comes from a previously done successful experiment carried out in government schools in Indore division in 2014. Nearly 95 per cent teachers in Indore division are covered in this application. Even in other districts like Dhar and Burhampur, almost all teachers have been found to be registering their attendance through this app.
Teachers can also send and get approval of their leave application through this app. Reports suggest that this app has already shown improvements in the quality of education. The app will be made mandatory for all government teachers from July 1.
"At least 73 per cent Indians are optimistic that as a nation we are headed in the right direction. The global average paints a dismal image, where the majority (58 per cent) feels that they are headed in the wrong direction," the findings showed.
As the country entered the seven-phase voting from April 11, a new survey said on Monday that Indians are most worried about terrorism, followed by unemployment and corruption.
The “What Worries the World Global Survey” by global market research firm Ipsos showed that 45 per cent of Indians are most worried about terrorism, 44 per cent about unemployment and jobs and 42 per cent about financial and political corruption.
Apart from these issues, a significant number of Indians are also concerned about crime and violence (33 per cent) and poverty and social inequality (29 per cent).
“Pulwama terror strike has propelled terrorism to the fore. It was way down in the pecking order in the past waves. Terrorism is bothering Indians most. Likewise, lack of jobs is weighing on the minds of Indians and government,” said Parijat Chakraborty, Service Line Leader, Ipsos Public Affairs, Customer Experience and Corporate Reputation.
“Similarly, more concrete steps are needed for tackling corruption. While strategies are being formulated by the government to address them, our survey shows that Indians are preoccupied with concerns around these macro issues and will like them to be mitigated,” Chakraborty added.
India, however, bucked the global trend of pessimism where 22 countries out of the total of the 28 markets covered in the survey felt their country is on the wrong track.
“At least 73 per cent Indians are optimistic that as a nation we are headed in the right direction. The global average paints a dismal image, where the majority (58 per cent) feels that they are headed in the wrong direction,” the findings showed.
Meanwhile China (94 per cent) inspires the most confidence about its national direction as 9 in 10 Chinese citizens say that the country is moving in the right direction.