Banglar Uchchashiksha – Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal


SKOCH Award Nominee

Category: e-Governance – State
Sub-Category: sube-Governance – State
Project: Banglar Uchchashiksha
Start Date: 2020-07-01
Organisation: Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal
Respondent: Mr Jaydip Mukhopadhyay, Special Secretary, Higher Education, Govt. of West Bengal
https://banglaruchchashiksha.wb.gov.in/
Level: Club Plus


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Case Study

West Bengal Introduces Digital Data Management for Higher Education

The Department of Higher Education, West Bengal, decided to adopt a digital strategy for data management to improve the monitoring and administration of Higher Education Institutions in the state.

Problems

The department struggled with poor maintenance of academic and administrative data related to higher education. The data was not easy to access, which meant it was not useful when the department needed to evaluate the different Higher Education Institutions in the state. 10+2 students did not have easy access to information about UG and PG programmes in state-aided institutions. The administration struggled with tracking and assessing the various grants given to the HEIs.

Initiating the process to collect, collate, categorise and upload data from several institutions and schemes was very challenge.

Solutions

A portal has been developed dedicated to collecting and maintaining data related to Higher Education Institutions in West Bengal. The data is updated frequently so that each individual HEI can be accurately monitored and assessed. The Student Admission Module incorporated category-wise data related to admissions. Students can also use the portal to obtain information about their preferred subjects and state-aided institutions. The system allows the administration to track and evaluate a variety of grants.

Outcomes

Communication between different stakeholders has improved. Information is now properly catalogued in a centralised web database. The data is validated and sanitised to ensure the integrity of the Data Repository. The Student Admission Module keeps track of seat availability and makes modifications at the UG/ PG levels. The data maintained in the system can be used to get insights for making expansion and development plans for higher education in the state.

The data offers insights into the strong suits of the HEIs as well as facets that need more work. Student enrolment can be tracked according to parameters like subjects and categories etc. This gives an important inside into student needs and course preferences. Over 12.5 Lakh students have made use of the portal over a single year.

The portal was also instrumental in developing strategies for grant disbursal under the HED.

Challenges

Creating a digital database that is both dynamic and structured and able to process several kinds of variables, as is inherent to the higher education landscape, requires technical and technological expertise. Higher Education Institutions involve several different kinds of processes and people categorisations in the form of positions, programmes, courses, vacancies etc. The database needed to be able to incorporate these intelligently.

It was vital to enhance communication channels between the Higher Education Department and the Higher Education Institutions and stakeholders in order to build a complete data repository.

The various stakeholders had to be trained to be able to use the new system and grasps the workflow of the modules incorporated into the same.

One of the bigger challenges is to be able to develop a map-based services for students integrated their preferred institutions on the system.

Innovation

12 functional modules have been built into this e-governance platform serving as a data repository. Modern technology has been used to incorporate efficient data sanitisation and data validation functions to ensure proper data management. There is an emphasis on data analytics to ensure actionable information is used in decision-making. Communication systems for stakeholders include SMS and email-based setups.

Opportunities

The department intends to expand the programme to eventually cater to all the private universities and colleges in the state in coming times. There is a plan to integrate a transfer system for state-aided colleges. Plans to establish other modules, like a cultural module, RUSA module and a sports module are already underway.

Using current digital technology to overhaul a traditional landscape is a compelling example of how e-Governance can improve everyday lives and experiences.


For more information, please contact:
Mr Jaydip Mukhopadhyay, Special Secretary, Higher Education, Govt. of West Bengal at jaydip.edu@gmail.com


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434 Comments

  1. I am Somen Banerjee nt staff of Basirhat college.(GB) member.I think these step is very good , I hope it will be a very useful for us in future.

  2. It is indeed a very helpful portal where a large volume of data related to academic and administrative courses of different Higher education institutes can be stored .

  3. It is indeed a very helpful portal where a large volume of data on academic and administrative courses of different Higher education institutes can be stored systematically and can be accessed easily whenever needed .

    1. It is indeed a very helpful portal where a large volume of data on academic and administrative courses of different Higher education institutes can be stored systematically and can be accessed easily whenever needed .

  4. Banglar Uchchhashiksha is an great endeavour by West Bengal Higher Education Department embarked e-Governrnce in Higher Education of West Bengal. It is great for me to be a part of this initiative as Nodal officer of my college. Thank you for giving us such a platform.

  5. Highly appreciate this uchhasikha portal of the West Bengal State government portal. It enables to run the online admission process smoothly. It also helps in maintaining transpirancy 8n the whole procedure.

  6. It is a very good project in the field of higher education to maintain an academic excellence and a good data library of students, teachers and staff of the higher education institutes in West Bengal.

  7. Proper checking of students should be made for temperature and sanitization issue all the days in the institution. the institution should be ready by proper sanitization for students. The institution should be open.

  8. Banglar Uchchasiksha portal is an informative, helpful, easily accessible and stake holder friendly portal in the field of Higher Education in West Bengal as well as in India.

  9. Overwhelming activity. The present State Government has worked par excellence. However, being a teacher belonging to SACT-I category, my only request is to issue a proper guidance regarding the work load so that the good will of our Chief Minister is put to action. Once the load is declared as just 15 hours, it remains totally in the hands of the respective college administration as to how to implement it according to their will , which results in disparity. Hope this earnest request would be delivered to our Chief Minister as really the State Government is working so proficiently under her leadership in every sector, specially in the sector of Higher education which is our concern.
    I really thank the Chief Minister as well as the Education Minister for the excellent advancement in the field of Higher Education.

  10. Banglar ucchashiksha is helpful for teachers,students and also higher education department. This data capturing system is essential in this pandemic situation. It also help us to know that the actual number of students in various streams. At last, it must say that, the project is very nice. And the exhibition is excellent.

  11. It has become easier for us to assess ourselevs on regular basis. College and University authorities are now in position to compare themselves with their counterparts. Banglar Uchhasiksha Portal has enabled the HEIs of West Bengal to face NAAC assessment with more cofidence than ever before.

  12. According to me there is some lack of opportunities for married young woman.there should be some facilities towards them because they are trying to educate themselves.the credit card from our state government is very helpful but I think this problem needs to be addressed.

  13. According to me there is some lack of opportunities for married young woman.there should be some facilities towards them because they are trying to educate themselves.the credit card from our state government is very helpful but I think this problem needs to be addressed.thank you

  14. I am a college student’s in few back years we all are face covid pandemic . That’s why all institutes are shuted down so we try to attend online classes . But i have many friends who have not the affordability of online classes metrial so they can not attempt the clses.

  15. Thank you for the great initiative. This is indeed helpful for all imvolved in higher studies in West Bengal. It would be great if application of leave, pay fixation etc. can be also done through this portal.

  16. Presently on inspiration of CM Mamata Banerjee WB higher education have lanch E-Gov system which is no doubtless becoming one of best system if it can be applicable in Every work of Higher education Department activity.

  17. Banglar Uchhashiksha Portal created and maintained by Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal. This site has some excellent information about the education.sustemnof College and University of West Bengal. I wish every success of this portal.

  18. As the ‘outcome’ section says, “The Student Admission Module keeps track of seat availability and makes modifications at the UG/ PG levels in the state’. But, as we know so many students wish to pursue higher education from universities, out of the state too. Can we not get these information and datas about the out of state universities too?

  19. The idea for solution is excellent.It will help for communication between the stakeholder and centralised web portal helps UG and PG admission system. I supports this portal

  20. The idea for solution is excellent.It will help for communication between the stakeholder and centralised web portal helps UG and PG admission system.

  21. Nice initiative by the state government and the honorable CM Mamta Banerjee. Your good works will really boost up the working environment in the state as it always did so far. Thank you so much.

  22. Excellent effort. Students, teachers gurdians and all the interested persons are getting higher education related informations at one place .

  23. Yes, Banglar Uchchashiksha Portal is very helpful in the field of education, to collect and maintain data relating to higher education.

  24. With this system each and every student can easily track their progress and development in education and can have and various techniques in order to deal with every problems related to education

    1. Government has taken this move very wisely and I think it’s our duty to co operate with them and try to interact in every ways as much as possible

  25. Attention is solicited to be given to the followings:
    1. Drop out rate and the reasons lay behind the problem.
    2. A significant per cent of students left behind to get the required teaching-learning procedure what they actually deserved to, since their families could not afford to purchase data for online classes.
    This problem is acute for general category students coming from weaker financial background.
    3. Care should be given to create more job opportunities for graduates, in public and private sectors. Otherwise, purpose of education becomes meaningless.
    4. In case of colleges, a stock taking has become very essential about the class taking report from individual teachers through the Principal Or directly by the Higher Education Department during the ongoing pandemic and may be in future.
    5. Active initiative is expected to curb full-time faculty members (specifically Assistant and Associate Professors) from giving private tution. Besides additional income (with the doubt, how many show this additional income while submitting income tax return!), this has been creating another serious offence of making discrimination among students regarding allotment of marks in internal assessment examination.

  26. VERY GOOD INITIATIVE. IT MAY BE HELPFUL TO DEVELOP A DATABASE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. WE CAN GET TRUE INFORMATION ON THE PART OF HIGHER EDUCATION. TRUE PICTURE OF THE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS MAY BE CLEAR TO THE HIGHER EDUCATION DEPTT., GOVT. OF WEST BENGAL

  27. Respected Sir/ Madam,
    I would like to cast my vote in favour of these initiatives of West Bengal Higher Education Departmenr.
    Kindly register my name and E- mail .
    Regerds
    Dr. Ananya Mitra

  28. Excellent initiative. We need to encourage students to use this portal. Their should be orientation programme for teachers and students about know-how of using this portal.

  29. Higher Education system of our West Bengal is so good. But there are some difficulties occured by COVID 19 since last two years,for example lockdown, schools, colleges and universities closed. So that online classes started for students and all necessary official works were done by online.
    There is a good talk for us that all works were worked slowly or lengthy but all works were not stopped in our state. Education is not stopped in our state.

  30. Feeling very proud to be a part of this great venture. A proud moment of being alumnus of both University of Calcutta and Jadavpur University. All the learners of next generations are cordially welcome to Banglar Uchcha Shiksha⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. I am an ardent , enthusiastic and curious aspirant of Higher Education Department of West Bengal✨💫. Hope for the very best 🌻. Die hard Love🌍 and strength for future🌠.

  31. Student credit card scheme is fully flops.. Bank is not giving loan amount for semesters fees… It is big failure of west Bengal. Please focus on it.

  32. Very Good initiative by Govt of West Bengal, Recently the credit card scheme introduced is really noteworthy for promoting Higher education among students who cannot pursue higher studies due to financial problems previously.

  33. VERY GOOD INITIATIVE,INFACT THE CREDIT CARD SYSTEM INTRODUCED BY THE GOVERNMENT WILL HELP THOUSANDS OF WILLING STUDENTS TO PURSUE THEIR CAREER IN A BETTER WAY.

  34. Well, I am very grateful to this idea of online classes. So, it is very crucial time for all of us. But , thanks for this arrangement and it is working properly from my side. Thank you for supporting all the students.

  35. I think the system should try to provide smart phone to every student from different corner of the state to continue with the recent online trend as Many families won’t be able to afford smart phones for their online education

  36. West Bengal higher education department is better than others stat higher education department….still now we need more improvement verious parts of this department….like Teachers education

  37. Initiatve taken by Govt. of West Bengal under e Governence for the betterment of educational institutions , teachers , staff and students is a milestone in achieveing the overall development of higher education.

  38. পূর্বতন পার্ট টাইম টীচারদের মাইনে সংক্রান্ত বিষয়টি ভাবুন।।।

  39. Banglar Uchchashiksha- Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal is doing very well for digitalization of databases related to higher education. It is a very appreciable initiative. It will help all the stakeholders and administrators associated with Higher Education Sector.
    …..Dr. Sk Rezaul Hoque, Assistant Professor & Head, Department of Education, Shirakole Mahavidyalaya, South 24 Parganas, W. B.- 743513.

  40. Its a grand endeavour to improve the quality of online teaching specially during this pandemic situation. This is indeed a great step which shall continue to grow with the time.

  41. I wish West Bengal were more advanced in the field of higher education. Of course, students need be more motivated for that, and that can’t be possible without more job scope in the field of higher education

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