UP to track re-enrolled dropouts with Aadhaar

Allahabad : Buoyed by the good academic performance of re-enrolled female students across Uttar Pradesh, the state government will now use Aadhaar cards to track all girls who had dropped-out after class 8 in the past six years.

These students would then be admitted to government schools under the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV)scheme.

Before their admission, the girls would be counselled and tutored by experts so that they can keep up with academic activities, even after a gap of a few years.

State project director, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSS), GS Priyadarshi said, “There are 746 KGBVs in the state, where 74,000 girls can complete their studies.”

“It has been observed that most of the girls are usually forced to leave their studies midway by their family or relatives, so the re-enrollment drive will give them a chance to complete their studies.” he added.

The 14-digit Aadhaar number is used for registration of students of class 6, by the state basic education department.

A detailed report on dropouts, which was released recently by SSS, revealed that in most cases, girls discontinued their studies as they were married off at an early age.
Priyadarshi said schools across the state have been asked to record the academic profile of each student in their school, based on Aadhaar number so that droppouts could be easily tracked and re-enrolled.
Rajmani Shastri, who is the principal of a city-based government school, said, “The use of Aadhaar number to empower female students is a unique idea and it should be implemented for boys also till class 12.”