In a digital reform-oriented initiative, Assam has undertaken artificial intelligence-based attendance system in 48,000 government schools in the state.
The project was implemented by RailTel, a railway public sector undertaking (PSU), at an estimated cost of Rs 19.20 crore, of which Rs 12 crore is a one-time cost being released after completion of the project.
The cost of maintenance of the project is Rs 3.96 crore per year with scope of an annual maintenance contract for two years in the current scope of work.
RailTel has completed the work of deploying the artificial intelligence-based Identification System for Capturing Attendance and Management of Student Database Management Information System for government schools in Assam.
The PSU has configured, customised, and deployed this AI-based identification system for capturing attendance across elementary, secondary, and higher secondary schools in all 33 districts of Assam.
According to RailTel, it has successfully completed this project in four months.
Assam has been undertaking several reform initiatives for modernising the education department through user-friendly digital reforms and extensive adoption of information and communication technology tools under Axom Sarba Shiksha Abhijan Mission.
Talking about the project, RailTel chairman and managing director Puneet Chawla said, “With a global pandemic rapidly changing the world around us, all important sectors like health and education are leaning towards cutting-edge digital technologies to adapt to the new normal."
Chawla further said RailTel has provided this AI-based solution to schools in Assam and has also provided end-user training for smooth implementation.
RailTel is also capable of rolling out a number of technology-based services like an AI-based cloud platform solution for smart classrooms and a learning management system, which are the need of the hour.
With a strong, reliable network of over 60,000 route kilometres of optic fibre, RailTel is working towards creating a knowledge society at various fronts and has been selected for implementation of various mission-mode projects for the Government of India in the telecommunications field.
RailTel is also working with the Indian Railways to transform railway stations into digital hubs by providing public Wi-Fi at railway stations across the country. Over 6,050 stations are live with RailTel’s RailWire Wi-Fi.
Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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