Observations on UDISE+ Report 2021-22

Observations on UDISE+ Report 2021-22, Flash Statistics : Quick Analysis by Prof. Arun C Mehta


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Benefits of Obtaining a Cisco Certification

Know the Benefits of Obtaining a Cisco Certification

Cisco is the leading provider of networking and communications tools and services in the US. The commercial routing and switching solutions from Cisco, transport data, phone, and video traffic across global networks, are among its best-known products. Cisco offers many services, from simple product support to a full-fledged data center and cloud management solutions, storage networking solutions, unified communications applications (WebEx), telepresence, and collaboration (WebEx).

Whether you are new to Cisco or need to upgrade your present skills, there is a Cisco certification path for you. There are many Cisco online courses. Since February 24, 2020, Cisco has added certification alternatives designed to give you the freedom to rethink who you are and how you can contribute to your positions at work.

The Importance of CISCO Certification

For businesses, they signify the possibility of greater productivity and evidence of your skills, but for aspiring and seasoned IT professionals, they mean much more. To become certified is to advance professionally, feed your drive for success, and grow.

Stay Competitive

New Cisco certifications are evidence of expertise, ability, and a commitment to lifelong learning, which puts you ahead of the competition and helps you stay competitive. Therefore, hiring managers place a high value on certified personnel.

Develop and Specify

More alternatives are available in the certification portfolio today, enabling you to create a learning strategy that helps you achieve your professional goals. Every milestone you achieve opens a new chapter in your journey because every Cisco exam you pass results in a certification.

Raising Your Paycheck

Your earning potential gets increased by your Cisco certification. The 2018 IT Skills and Salary Report states that certified IT workers in North America make $15,913 more than their non-certified counterparts, a difference of 22%. IT professionals with certification make 45% more money in Asia-Pacific. Additionally, many companies give generous awards and recognition to staff members who obtain Cisco certifications.

The only person who can prevent you from obtaining a Cisco certification is you. Cisco Certifications make it easier and more effective than ever. Whether you are just starting at an entry-level, progressing through to expert levels of certification, choose your technology path and advance your career today.

Popular Cisco Courses and Cisco training

Entry-level certifications for Cisco

  • The Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) and the Cisco Certified Technician are two entry-level certifications (CCT).
  • Professionals with the CCENT certification can set up, maintain, debug, and secure small networks or a portion of an enterprise network.
  • CCTs perform on-site work at clients’ locations, troubleshooting problems and fixing or replacing network-related hardware.
  • In addition, a CCT can select from several specialty Cisco courses, including Data Center and Routing and Switching at the moment.

Associate-level certifications from Cisco

The Cisco Certified Network Associate and the Cisco Certified Design Associate are associate-level qualifications from Cisco (CCDA). Depending on the course you select, passing one or two certification tests is required to obtain a CCNA or CCDA credential. The CCNA validates fundamental abilities in setting up, maintaining, and troubleshooting wired or wireless networks.

Available tracks

  • Cloud
  • Cyber Ops
  • Collaboration
  • Data Center
  • Routing and Switching
  • Industrial
  • Security
  • Service Provider
  • Wireless

A requirement for the professional-level CCNP certification is the CCNA.

To find people who can build fundamentally wired and wireless networks and include voice and security solutions, Cisco developed the CCDA. The CCDA certification is a requirement for the CCDP certification. Therefore, candidates need to pass one more exam in addition to having either a current CCENT, CCNA Routing, and Switching (or any other CCIE certification) certification.

Professional-level certificates from Cisco

The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and the Cisco Certified Design Professional are the two main professional-level certifications offered by Cisco (CCDP). The CCDA and CCNA Routing and Switching credentials, as well as any CCDE certification, is required to obtain the CCDP.

Expert-level certifications from Cisco

The coveted CCIE and the Cisco Certified Design Expert comprise Cisco expert-level credentials (CCDE). For these courses, one must pass a practical and a written exam.

Architect-level certifications from Cisco

Getting the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) certification is a wise decision for people looking for jobs as network architects or data center architects. The CCAr is the highest level of certification that Cisco offers and is akin to the Ph.D. of the Cisco Career Certification program. A senior network infrastructure architect who can plan and create IT infrastructures based on a business strategy would benefit from earning this degree. In addition, the CCAr is frequently cited as the most challenging tech certification to obtain.


A Cisco certification is a helpful program for IT professionals. It helps them to stay competitive and increase their paycheck. In addition, more alternatives are available in the certification portfolio today, enabling you to tailor your learning strategy to your professional goals.

Advertisement for the Post of Vice-Chancellor, NIEPA, New Delhi

Advertisement for the Post of Vive-Chancellor, NIEPA, New Delhi

National Institute of Educational Planning & Administration (NIEPA), New Delhi is one of the premier institutions of the Government of India in the area of educational planning and administration come under the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education which is popularly known as NIEPA. More about NIEPA can be read at NIEPA-NUEPA. The term of NIEPA’s present V-C is soon coming to an end in December 2022 given which the Department of Higher Education has come out with an Advertisement under the caption Application for the Post of Vice Chancellor, National Institute of Educational Planning & Administration (NIEPA), New Delhi last date of which is 5th September 2022. It may be recalled that the VC of NIEPA is selected by a Search-cum-Selection Committee consisting of eminent educationists who are constituted by the Ministry of Education. The shortlisted candidates are generally asked to appear before the committee for an interview.

In the past NIEPA/NUEPA was headed by eminent educationists as its Director and VC such as Prof. M. V. Mathur, Prof. Munis Raza, Prof. Satya Bhushan, Prof. Kuldeep Mathur,  Prof. B. P. Khandelwal, Prof. Pradeep Kumar Joshi, Prof. Ved Prakash, and Prof. R. Govinda. Prof. N. V. Varghese is the outgoing Vice-Chancellor of NIEPA, before becoming VC of NIEPA,
Prof. Varghese was the Director of one of the Centres of NIEPA, namely the Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education. Barring two times, the internal faculty members were never been selected as the Director/VC of  NIEPA/NUEPA, New Delhi.

The Advertisement can be seen on the website of the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of   Education. The completed application must reach to Ministry by 5th September 2022 details of which can be seen below.

Application for the Post of Vice Chancellor, National Institute of Educational Planning & Administration (NIEPA), New Delhi

Applications are invited from eminent academics for filling up the post of Vice[1]Chancellor in the National Institute of Educational Planning & Administration (NIEPA), New Delhi on a transfer/deputation/contract basis. The post carries pay of Rs.2,10,000/- p.m. (fixed) and a special allowance of Rs.11,250/- per month along with other allowances as per the 7th CPC. The Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed by the Government on terms & conditions similar to those of the Vice-Chancellor of Central Universities. The period of deputation/contract shall ordinarily be for five years or till the age of 70 years whichever is earlier.

The National Institute of Educational Planning & Administration (NIEPA) is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Education, Department of Higher Education. It is the apex training Institute in India for education planners and administrators. Its main functions cover the fields of training, research advisory and consultancy services, knowledge dissemination, and networking with other institutions and international agencies. The Vice-Chancellor is the Principal Academic and Executive Officer of the Institute and should have experience in any of these fields. He/she must have impressive academic credentials as he/she is expected to spearhead the major initiatives towards achieving the objectives of NIEPA and administrative records for the efficient administration of the affairs of NIEPA.


  • A person possessing the highest level of competence, integrity, morals, and institutional commitment is to be appointed as Vice-Chancellor. The person to be appointed as a Vice-Chancellor should be a distinguished academician, with a minimum of ten years of experience as Professor in a University or ten years of experience in a reputed research and/or academic administrative organization with proof of having demonstrated academic leadership. Experience in the area of educational planning and administration at the National and International levels. (b) She/he should not be more than 65 years of age as of the closing date of receipt of applications for this advertisement.

Procedure for appointment

(a) Appointment will be made from panel names recommended by the Search[1]cum-Selection Committee.

(b) The advertisement and the format of the application are available on the websites http://www.education.gov.in and www.niepa.ac.in

(c) Applications of eligible individuals received by post through candidates/nominations shall be considered. The applications in the prescribed proforma should reach on or before 5th September 2022, by Registered/Speed Post to:

Deputy Secretary (PN-I & EBSB)

Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education

Room No. 212-C, ‘C’ Wing, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi

 Applications for the post of Vice-Chancellor should be subscribed to on the envelope. This department is not responsible for postal delays.

The prescribed format can be downloaded from the Ministry website.

NOTE: Please refer to official communication in this regard.

e-Book by Arun C Mehta released: FORTY YEARS OF ARUN C MEHTA at NIEPA

e-Book by Arun C Mehta: FORTY YEARS OF ARUN C MEHTA at NIEPA, New Delhi

Professor Arun C. Mehta
Professor & Head (Formerly)
Department of Educational Management Information System
NIEPA, New Delhi

Ph.D. (Demographic Projections) from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur; specialist in EMIS, Quantitative Techniques and Projections and Forecasting of Educational Data; authored books on Education for All in India, Enrolment Projections, Population Projections and Upper Primary Education and contributed a number of research articles in journals and in NUEPA Occasional Paper Series; published a number of reports annually based on DISE data; presented papers both at the Oxford and Cambridge Universities,

Consulted by World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO and ACCU (Japan), Trained at UNESCO Regional Office at Bangkok and Harvard Institute of International Development, USA. Was actively engaged in strengthening of Educational Management Information System in India during 2001 to 2017 (January) at the national level and managed one of the World’s largest information systems i.e. District Information System for Education (DISE/U-DISE).

http://schoolreportcards.in & www.udise.in developed under the guidance of Prof. Mehta is the recipient of e-Governance 2010 & eINDIA 2010 National Awards & Manthan Award South Asia 2010 & EMPI Indian Express Indian Innovation Award 2012.


e-Book Released: 15th February 2022

The  e-Book, entitled Forty Years of Arun C Mehta at NIEPA: 1980 to 2019 was released  on 15th February 2022 by Prof. N. V. Varghese, Vice-Chancellor, NIEPA, New Delhi. Prof. Varghese highlighted importance of research work done by Prof. Mehta, specially his contributions towards strengthening Educational Management Information System (EMIS) in India through Unified District Information System for Education (U-DISE) in his address.

Prof. Mehta presented details of e-Book in the release function. Prof. G. D. Sharma, Former Head of the Higher Education Department, NIEPA and Prof. Sridhar Srivastava, Joint Director, NCERT, New Delhi reflected on research work  carried out by Prof. Mehta over almost four decades and highlighted importance of self accountability in the academic field.  Shri A. N. Reddy, Assistant Professor, NIEPA made the introductory observations and welcome the guests and briefly introduced the speakers.

Video Recording of Release Function

The Foreword of e-Book  is written  by Prof. Kuldeep Mathur, Former Director, NIEPA.

Late Prof. B. P. Khandelwal (Former Director NIEPA), Prof. P. K. Joshi (Former Director NIEPA & presently Chairman of UPSC), Prof. R. Govinda (Former Vice-Chancellor, NIEPA), Shri Baldev Mahajan (Former Joint Director NIEPA), Prof. Marmar Mukhopadhyay (Former Joint Director, NIEPA), Prof. G. D. Sharma (Former Head of the Higher Education Department, NIEPA), Prof. Najma Akhtar (Former Professor NIEPA & presently Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Milia Islamia University), Mr. Simon Ellis (Former Regional Director UNESCO Institute for Statistics) and Prof. Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Chair of Education and International Development, University College London have extensively commented on the research undertaken by Prof. Arun C Mehta.

Foreword & Observations on Research  by Prof. Arun C Mehta

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Video Recording of Release Function

NAS Results Released (25th May 2022)

National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021  Results Released on 25th May 2022

The @EduMinOfIndia has released the report on National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021, held on 12.11.2021. Approx. 34 lakh students from government, government-aided and private schools participated in this survey. The report is available on: http://nas.gov.in

National Achievement Survey 2021, National Report, Grades 3, 5, 8, and 10

National Achievement Survey 2021, State Report, Grades 3, 5, 8, and 10

National Achievement Survey 2021, District Report, Grades 3, 5, 8, and 10

  • National, state and district report cards are made available for Class 3, 5, 8 and 10 in language, Social Science, science and mathematics which is not an easy task to analyse.
  • Report cards reveals that many states has lower average marks in 2021 than in 2017, true for all the subjects.
  • 1,18,274 schools, 5,26,824 teachers and 34,01,158 students participated in NAS 21 across grades 3, 5,8 and 10.
  • NAS was conducted on 12 November 2021 across the Country.
  • Out of scaled scores of 500, class 3 has an average score of 323 in language, 306 in mathematics and 307 in EVS
  • Out of scaled scores of 500, class 3 has an average score of 323 in language, 306 in mathematics and 307 in EVS
  • Out of scaled scores of 500, class 8 has an average score of 302 in language, 255 in mathematics, 250 in science and 255 in social science.
  • Out of scaled scores of 500, class 10 has an average score of 260 in MIL, 220 in mathematics, 206 in science, 231 in social science and 277 in English.
  • Many states have lower average scores than the overall average scores
  • 38 percent students faced difficulty in learning at home during COVID, 78 percent it was burdensome, lot of assignments.
  • 24 percent sample students didn’t have digital device at home, 80 percent found learning better in school with peers help.
  • average achievement score in Class 3 in mathematics is 306. In Bihar, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, UP, UKD, the same is significantly below that of the overall achievement score.
  • Average achievement score in Class 5 in mathematics is 284. In Bihar, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, UP, UKD etc, the same is significantly below that of the overall achievement score. Against which, Assam, Gujarat, Haryana, MP, Punjab, Rajasthan, WB etc have significantly above the overall achievement score.
  • Average achievement score in Class 8 in mathematics is 255. In Andhra, Delhi, Gujarat, Kerala, UP, UKD, the same is significantly below than the overall achievement score. Against which, Bihar, Chandigarh, Haryana, MP, Punjab, Rajasthan etc have significantly above the overall achievement score.
  • Average achievement score in Class 8 in mathematics is 255. In Andhra, Delhi, Gujarat, Kerala, UP, UKD, the same is significantly below than the overall achievement score. Against which, Bihar, Chandigarh, Haryana, MP, Punjab, Rajasthan etc have scores significantly above the overall achievement score


NEW DELHI: The National Achievement Survey 2021 was successfully conducted on Thursday. Nearly 96% of the sampled schools and 92% of the targeted sampled children of Classes 3, 5, 8 and 10 from 24 states/UTs participated in the survey.

The results of NAS 2021 will be prepared in the form of district report cards, state/UT reports and national reports. “These NAS report cards will enable states and the Union Territories to identify gaps in learning outcomes and take remedial steps,” as per the ministry of education.

The government conducts the survey every three years. Last NAS was held on November 13, 2017, for assessing the competencies developed by the children of Classes 3, 5 and 8.

This year, NAS 2021 was conducted in 22 mediumsof instruction as available in the sampled schools. There are 3 phases of NAS exercise, namely instrument development, sampling design and actual administration of the test.

NAS 2021 is the first achievement survey after the release of National Education Policy 2020 (NEP). NAS 2021 will infuse the competency-based assessment system over the content and memory-based assessment as envisaged by NEP 2020, as per the official statement.

The Covid-19 pandemic forced closure of schools has interrupted the learning in different levels and “there is an urgent need to evaluate children’s progress and learning competencies to analyze and examine the health of the education sector for taking necessary action at the district, state and national level.”

“The assessment focuses not only on cognitive learning but also other skills that children may have picked up, while being at home during the pandemic such as painting, cooking, photography, reading, gardening etc.” it added.

“NCERT, being the nodal academic body, has done the instrument development, testing, finalization of the test items.”

To maintain impartiality, actual administration of the test in the sampled schools was conducted by CBSE in collaboration with states and UTs.

Besides student achievement tests, pupil questionnaires, teachers questionnaires and school questionnaires were also obtained to understand the various settings and perspectives of students, teachers and schools.

These questionnaires were conducted to understand the background, teacher training, rural-urban, effectiveness of online education etc to comprehend the education system.

“It will also help in the capacity building for teachers and officials involved in the delivery of education in the country. The result from the assessment would also provide a rich repository of evidence and data points furthering the scope of research and development,” the official statement read.

Source: News.Careers360

NAS to be Launched Soon by NCERT

Education For All in India wholeheartedly welcome statement of Union Education Minister informing Parliament that National Council of Educational Research and Training will soon conduct the next NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT SUVRVEY (NAS).

Unlhttp://ncert.ac.inike 2017 NAS, the next NAS will cover both the Private as well as Government schools which is a step in the right direction.

We have been demanding the same for long time to extend the coverage to Private schools.

Most likely the next NAS will be conducted by NCERT in November 2021, the last such survey was conducted  on 13th November 2018 for classes III, V and VIII and for Class X in 2018. It is expected that NAS 2021 will be based on a sample of about 4 million students from across the Country.

50% GER at Higher Education Level in India 2035 Achievable?

50 percent GER at Higher Education in India in 2035 possible?
By Arun C Mehta

Unlike school education level at which enrolment based indicators such as Gross & Net enrolment ratio as well as Age-specific and Adjusted-NER are frequently computed and use in plan formulation, at the higher education level only Gross Enrolment Ratio is being used to examine the participation of a relevant age-specific population i.e. 18 to 23 years in the higher education programmes. In this article, we have examinsed whether  50 percent GER at higher education in India in 2035 is possible?

For calculating GER at any level of education, information on total enrolment in a year and the corresponding age-specific population in that year is required. While total enrolment and its male and female bifurcation, as well as enrolment by the social category i.e. Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes, is available from the All-India Survey on Higher Education (AISHS, latest for 2019-20) but the same is not true for the corresponding age-specific population the main source of which is the Census & Registrar General of India, the latest Census figures being available for the year 2011.

In the absence of an official projected population based on the 2011 Census, earlier projections based on population up to 2001 are being used by the Ministry of Education to estimate the age-specific population in a year which is adjusted given the total 2011 Census population (details can be seen under the Statistics Section of the Official Website of Department of School Education & Literacy).

Because of the limitations in the projected population, GER and other enrolment-based indicators have been seen off the mark in the past decade which is true for all levels of education. Therefore, the latest GER for 2019-20 and also in the past years, the same must be analyzed in light of these limitations.

With 50 percent GER at the higher education level, the quantum increase of enrolment in absolute terms cannot be known unless the reliable estimate of the population between the age-group  18 to 23 years is known in the year 2035. The GER for the year 2021 based on the actual Census 2021 population when available may reveal the real situation concerning the participation of 18 to 23 years population in higher education programmes; it is likely to show a declining trend because of the ongoing pandemic across the country.

Is 50% GER at Higher Education in 2035 Possible (Detailed Analysis by Prof. Arun C Mehta)

NEP 2020

Selected Publications of Prof. Mona Khare on different Aspects of Higher Education in India

Planning under Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan 2022

Planning under Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan

Since the inception of the District Primary Education Programme in 1994, there is a provision of developing district plans initially for the primary level of education which was later extended to the entire elementary level of education when Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan programme was launched in 2000-01. At the end of DPEP in 2000, the development of district primary education plans could reach 272 districts across 18 States of the Country but still confined to DPEP states and districts only. Special planning modules developed were extensively been used in developing district plans and the whole exercise is termed as rigorous.

Intensive capacity building programmes were conducted by the apex institutions, such as NIEPA, New Delhi on planning methodology with a focus on hands-on training and data analysis, and use of indicators. There was also a provision of pre-plan activities each of the districts covered under DPEP was supposed to carry out each of the activities proposed in the DPEP framework most of which were followed rigorously. District, as well as State planning teams with representations from all the main streams departments, were constituted both of which used to have intensive discussions on each of the plan components.

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Education Sector in the Union Budget 2022-23

Education Sector in the Union Budget 2022-23, Analysis by Arun C Mehta

Based on the information made available in the Union Budget 2022, an effort has been made to have a look at the budget, actual and revised estimates in case of the allocation made to the Ministry of Education. Needless to mention that the ministry has two departments namely the Department of School Education & Literacy and the Department of Higher Education all the activities of the ministry fall under these two departments.

However, the focus of the present note is more on the School Education Department which plays a pivotal role in ensuring that it sends an adequate number of secondary graduates to the higher education without which the goal of 50 per cent GER as envisaged in NEP 2020 is not likely to be realized by 2030.

Without improving the efficiency of the school education, the higher education sector is not expected to receive an adequate number of secondary graduates because of which the school education department must receive adequate funds to initiate activities as adopted in the NEP 2020.

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Panel meets with some shortlisted candidates for next NCERT chief
Indian Express, January 15, 2022

The committee to select the next director of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) held interactions with a few shortlisted candidates on Thursday, sources said. The autonomous body, which assists and advises the government on policies for improvement in school education, has not had a full-time director for more than a year now.

The five-year term of the previous full-time director of the autonomous body, Prof Hrushikesh Senapaty’s, ended in November, 2020. Since then, Prof Sridhar Srivastava has been holding the position as director in-charge.

Sources said Prof Srivastava was among the candidates with whom the search-cum-selection committee held interactions on Thursday. The other candidates include head of the NCERT’s Department of Education in Social Sciences, Dr Gouri Srivastava, and the principal of the Bhubaneswar Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Prof PC Agarwal. The RIE is a constituent unit of the NCERT.

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Review of EMIS in Ghana, Cambodia, Iraq, Nepal & Southern-Sudan 2022

Review of EMIS in Ghana, Cambodia, Iraq, Nepal & Southern-Sudan

In view of progress made in India towards strengthening Educational Management Information System in India, a number of countries including Ghana, Sothern Sudan and Cambodia invited Prof. Arun C Mehta, Formally Professor & Head of the Department of EMIS, NIEPA, New Delhi to review their EMIS. Prof. Mehta while at NIEPA, New Delhi visited these countries, had intensive discussions on different aspects of EMIS and presented Mission Report to authorities many  recommendations of which were implemented.

Read  Complete Mission Report here

Under the leadership of Prof. Mehta, DISE-UDISE were developed in India which significantly addressed limitations in the EMIS which later awarded numerous national and regional awards including  e-Governance, eINDIA, Manthan Shttp://www.udise.inouth Asia and EMPI Indian Express Innovation Awards.

Strengthening Educational Management Information System in India through U-DISE(A Story of its Evolution)