Despite being home to the third largest education system globally, India only spends approximately 4 percent of its total Gross Domestics Product (GDP) for development of its human resources through education. According to the provisional data of the 2011 census, the effective literacy rate stands at 74.04 percent in the country, indicating that alot remains to be done in the education sector.
While the national and state governments have initiated various schemes and policies for betterment of the school education system in the country, these have often met with failures owing to the size of the beneficiary population and absence of effective monitoring mechanisms. Madhya Pradesh (M.P) is the second largest state in the country in terms of geographical area and the sixth largest in terms of population size. Concomitantly, the number of children in the age group 6-14 years stands at 1.10 crore and the sector is managed by nearly 3.5 lakh employees. To streamline the functioning of all staff members, make them aware of recent developments in the sector and assess the performance of each and every student in the state, the Government of MP and the National Informatics Centre (NIC), Bhopal Division introduced the MP State Education Portal in 2008.
The education portal employs technology developed in house to integrate various path-breaking features like the Learning Enhancement Programme, Financial and Accounts Management System, Student Benefit Management System, Integrated Human Resource Management System and such like to provide a sustainable and economical solution to the challenge of effective implementation as well as monitoring of the school education policies/schemes in the state.
For its far-reaching impact and voluminous outreach, the project has been awarded various national and state level recognitions. It was adjudged as one of the Best IT Implementations of the Year 2010 by PCQuest, awarded the Gold Icon National e-Governance Award of the Government of India 2009, the Manthan South Asia e-Governance Award 2009, the Award of Excellence under the CSI Nihilent e-Governance Awards 2008-2009, and the Best IT Project under IT for Masses Category in the Madhya Pradesh State Government e-Governance Awards 2008-2009.