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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to make the education system more transparent, Union Human Resources and Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Wednesday launched 'Shagun,' an online integrated junction of various education portals.

Shagun is an over-arching initiative to improve school education system by creating a junction for all online portals and websites relating to various activities of the Department of School Education and Literacy in the Government of India and all States and Union Territories.

Coined from two different words- ‘Shala’ meaning Schools and ‘Gunvatta’ meaning Quality, Shagun will act as the online junction of different websites and portals into a single platform will enhance the accessibility of information relating to schools and will ensure a holistic approach to transform education sector.

The Minister informed that websites of 1200 Kendriya Vidyalayas, 600 Navodaya Vidyalayas, 18000 other CBSE affiliated schools, 30 SCERTs, 19000 organisations affiliated with NTCE among others are integrated with Shagun.

Report cards of 15 lakh schools all over the country will be available on the newly created junction.

The portal seeks to connect approximately 92 lakh teachers and 26 crore students. The Minister added that the website provides a very robust feedback mechanism. People can directly give their feedback about schools which will further increase the public participation and will ensure accountability and transparency.

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