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The HRD ministry has launched a web-based digital gender atlas, a tool designed to map the progress on girl education throughout the country.

School education secretary Vrinda Sarup, released the gender atlas on March 9, said, “it is a tool used for education planning and administration and helps us target a plan of action for effective implementation of programmes.”

Gender Atlas visualizes the vulnerability status of an area based on composite index of parameters such as rural female literacy and percentage of boys and girls with disabilities, particularly girls. The performance status of individual indicators can be visualized at the state and district level, differentiated by colour coding.

The HRD Ministry mentioned in a statement, “the atlas provides comparative analysis of individual gender-related indicators over three years and that enables a visual assessment of the change and an understanding of whether some intervention introduced in a geography at a particular point of time has worked or not and can be used by states, districts, block education administrators or any other interested group including NGOs.”

While, India has achieved high enrollment for girls at primary and upper primary levels, the enrollment levels, however, remain low at the secondary level. The representation of girls in total enrollment is 48.66% at the upper primary level and 47.29% at the secondary level.

The map has been formulated with data collected from the unified district information system for education data, census 2011 and the district-level health survey.

Source: InToday

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