The latest entrants to the digital bandwagon are schools,
with CBSE mandating the payment of school fees and teacher’s salaries, online.
This facility will be administered by net banking, debit or credit cards.
Moreover E wallets like SBI Buddy and PayTm will be used to facilitate
competitive fee payment.
To take it a notch further CBSE has urged schools to promote
digitalization among its students and encourage them to go cashless. Schools
have been advised to organize activity weeks to educate the children in this
regard and thereby enable children to take this learning further to their homes
and spread awareness to outsiders.
To help children get a firsthand experience, it is suggested
that schools introduce smart cards in their canteen and tuck shops. This will
give them an experience to use preloaded cards instead of cash and encourage
them to promote the same in their homes.
This welcoming move was implemented after a brainstorming
session of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
with 350 nodal schools, conducted on December 7th, where ways to adapt and contribute
to digital reform were discussed. The meeting also stressed the need to
enlighten students on the same. “Students involvement will make promoting
cashless transaction easier”, a CBSE official was quoted saying.
Taking a first step to embrace this change Kendriya Vidyalaya
Sangathan has decided to impart training to its teaching fraternity and
students of class IX and above on cashless modes of payment by taking the help
of subject experts and teachers in commerce and computers and utilizing the
services of Scouts and Guides to cascade this learning to various sections of
With every school participating in this drive, a dream of a
new digital India is not far away.