Members of the staff of Educational Survey Division deserve appreciation for fulfilling their role in a national-level task with commitment, despite many obstacles and difficulties which inevitably beset an exercise of this magnitude. The NCERT also records a deep appreciation for the cooperation extended by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the Departments of Education/SCERT/ SIERT/SIE in all the States/UTs. We take this opportunity to thank our colleagues in the Ministry of Human Resource Development for providing administrative and financial th support to the 8 Survey. We earnestly hope that the publication of this report will be positively received in the community of educational researchers, administrators and planners. We will be grateful for responses and suggestions. These will enable us to improve the ensuing Educational Surveys to be initiated shortly. It is an established fact of educational planning that the quality of data influence every aspect of policy and design of institutional reforms. The NCERT stands committed for providing a reliable picture of the school education system so that India's attempts to reform the system can succeed. New Delhi December, 2015 H. K. Senapaty Director National Council of Educational Research and Training iv
Preface th The Eighth All India School Education Survey (8 AISES) was initiated by the National Council of Educational Research and Training with reference date as 30 September 2009 with the objective of creating an extensive school database for the country and making the data available in print and magnetic media for educational planning and other purposes. The Educational Survey Division (ESD), NCERT undertook the task of designing of tools in collaboration with the National Informatics Centre (NIC). The feedback received from various government departments, users, researchers and our past experience led to the development of tools having several data items. Subsequently, guidelines for State Survey Officers (SSOs) were prepared and a training programme for them for conducting the survey was organised. The printing and distribution of tools for collecting information from schools/blocks/ districts/states and organising training of a large number of officials and other functionaries was a mammoth task. The training was organised at different administrative units for explaining concepts, definitions, collection of data, procedures for manual scrutiny and handling of filled-in tools. As per the advise of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the data entry work had been given to the MIS unit of SSA in the States/UTs. Many States/UTs have given high priority to this survey work and initiated steps for collection of data as per time schedule. However, few States undertook the survey activities much beyond the prescribed time scheduled due to various reasons. Further, under-estimation of quantum of work by MIS units of SSA in most of the states/UTs resulted in the discontinuation of work half-way. However, some states have completed the work at their own level. Other cause for delay is late initiation level in designing of the various modules of software such as data entry modules, data analysis modules, report generation modules; very slow data uploading from states/UTs at central server, processing of data, etc. also delayed the process. The generation of reports crucial activity, which involved a good amount of thinking and work within Division. The first report for 'Provisional (Flash) Statistics' was generated in January 2013 on the basis of the data collected through a flash sheet attached with some of the tools. The reconciliation of this data with other sources of information involved a good deal of correspondence with State/UT governments. The Provisional (Flash) Statistics was made available to the nation on AISES's web portal www.aises.nic.in.