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The outcome of a three-year remote-monitoring project run by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in 18 study centres called Amrita Rural Education Centres and their corresponding Government schools in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi districts was that the implementation of two simple, accessible technologies – Android tablets and monitoring apps such as eAttendance and WhatsApp – can not only reduce absenteeism in schools in rural areas, but also increase teachers’ effectiveness and improve student performance. “Monitoring schoolteachers is challenging, particularly in remote, rural areas that lack infrastructure and resources. Methods like maintaining attendance registers or physical inspections have not proven to be very effective, and teacher and student absenteeism remains high in the Indian hinterland. Android tablets, loaded with apps to gather and send data, along with WhatsApp, form a user-friendly platform to get real-time data about the teachers’ activity and eliminate both teacher and student absenteeism”, shared Dr. Prema Nedungadi, Director, Amrita Center of Research in Analytics & Technologies for Education (CREATE).