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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. “Teacher and student absenteeism is a big challenge in public schooling. Studies show that in many places in India, there is a high teacher-absenteeism rate, estimated to be as high as 42% in places like Jharkhand. Our remote monitoring project in Uttarakhand gives us an innovative way to solve this problem. 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 at the study centre and eliminate both teacher and student absenteeism. These inexpensive, readily available tools can help remotely monitor teachers and classrooms, substantially improving outcomes”, shared Dr. Prema Nedungadi, Director, Amrita Center of Research in Analytics & Technologies for Education (CREATE).