The Maharashtra government has announced the launch of PAVITRA, a new portal to recruit teachers through the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET). The portal would create an online database of 3 to 5 lakh teachers which would be linked with the Aadhar Card and SHALARTH.
Commenting upon the digitization, Nand Kumar, state education department’s principal secretary, stated that, “The state’s aim is to get a hundred percent success rate in the Pragat Shaikshanik Maharashtra Abhiyan in the next five years. In order to retain the quality of primary and secondary education, the department is working hard to develop infrastructure and recruit well-qualified teaching staff. We have already seen the success rate of SARAL and SHALARTH database portals. Now, in order to get the exact data of teachers in the state, we will be launching PAVITRA.”
He further added that, “We have a total of three to four lakh vacant seats for teachers in state schools. The TET will be held twice a year and the results will be published on PAVITRA. We will be unveiling the project next month.”
This portal’s software is designed by the National Information Centre (NIC). The portal, according to the state education commissioner Dheeraj Kumar, would help check corruption relating to appointment of bogus teachers. He said that the state government only monitored municipal corporation and zilla parishad schools. But after complaints received in 2012, it was decided to take the entire recruitment mechanism online. Through PAVITRA, he added, “we can see district-wise and school-wise vacant seats of teachers at a single click.”
Currently, there are 86,412 primary schools and 21,600 secondary schools in the state spread across 33 districts in 44,000 villages with a meagre 2500 teachers.
The entire process of recruitment of teachers in zilla parishad, muncipal and private-aided institutions including examination, results and recruitment through on the basis of merit list would be undertaken through the portal, including the conduction of TET.
The step to go totally online comes as no surprise as the government had already tasted success after meddling with a similar idea when it launched Systematic Administrative Reforms for Achieving Learning (SARAL), which saves every detail of a school such as its students, teaching and non-teaching staff with the database also covering records attendance of pupils. The government seeks to repeat its success with PAVITRA now.