School education department goes online

Now private schools which want to get affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) can get no objection certificate from the state government online.

Chief minister Raghubar Das inaugurated the website and online services of school education and literacy (SEAL) department on Tuesday. Now one can visit to apply for NOC for affiliation with CBSE or ICSE board and also apply for getting grants and aides from the government.

Das said, “With the new system, people will not have to run from one officer to another to get their work done. We will use information technology in each department to bring transparency.”

Explaining the procedure of applying and functioning of the online services, department secretary Aradhana Patnaik said, “Earlier getting an NOC was a timeconsuming procedure and people had to run from pillar to post to get the NOC. Now one just has to apply on the website and they would receive a message on their mobile as soon as their application is accepted. Likewise, as their application moves from one official to another, they will keep getting updates on their phone. At the same time, the officials to whom the application reaches will also get a message on phone.”

She added, “The whole process including verification of the school will not take more than a month and NOC will also be generated online and sent to the mail id of the applicant.”

Similarly, the schools which want grant or aide from the government can also apply online.

Education minister Neera Yadav said, “This is a historical step taken to bring transparency in the department. Now people from far-flung areas of the state will not have to visit the headquarters every time to get their files moved from one table to another.”

On the occasion, IT secretary Sunil Kumar Burnwal said that gradually all the manual processes of the government would be stopped and everything would be made online and transparent.