Gyanarjan project given new national identity to Mandla district

MP’s Gyanarjan Project among 10 innovations presented before PM

pm11.2.16Bhopal, February 11, 2016 (Abdul Ahad Farhan):   Innovation Gyanarjan Project adopted in Mandla district for academic improvement has carved a new identity at national level. On last Monday February 8, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi chaired a programme for discussions with Prime Minister Rural Development Fellows. During the programme, a booklet containing 24 best practices’ success stories from all over the country was released.

On the basis of this booklet, 10 best practices including only entry from Madhya Pradesh i.e. Gyanarjan Project adopted in Mandla district were presented before the Prime Minister. Of these, Gyanarajan turned out to be lone exhibit of Madhya Pradesh to be included in discussions with Prime Minister Rural Development Fellows. Presentation of the project was made by PMRD Mrs. Neha Gupta. Mrs. Gupta informed that tribal district Mandla is among least developed 20 districts in the country.

There are problems of teachers’ absence, non-completion of syllabus within time-limit and less attendance of students in schools in the remote areas. Under the leadership of collector Mr. Lokesh Jatav, Gyanarjan Project was evolved through partnership of PMRDF, Tribal Development Department, enthusiastic teachers and students. Its main object was to ensure better education in 167 high and higher secondary schools in the district. Beginning the project for regular monitoring was made through GPS-based tablets and web-based application to maintain teacher’s e-diary, e-attendance and their leaves and disposal of dues.

For the first time, community participation was ensured by eliciting parents’ views through call centres in classrooms. For inculcating competitive spirit among children, modern libraries, labs and smart class rooms were set up while teachers are payment more attention to teaching of difficult subjects like science, maths and English. As a result of these efforts, 17 tribal students were selected in engineering entrance exam JEE for the first time in year 2014-15 from Mandla district.

Number of students securing over 80 percent marks increased to 138 and Board exam results improved by 15 percent. Earlier, students rarely filled up forms for various entrance tests like JEE and AIPMT. But now 580 students have filled forms of JEE and 1900 for AIPMT. As a result, Gyanarjan Project was included in 31 best practices in the country and presented made by Union Rural Development Ministry.