India: The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has decided to use satellite imagery to identify remote hamlets where no schools have been set up so far. The state”s remote-sensing department has been tasked to map the existing primary, middle and higher secondary schools in the state using GIS. The geo-maps produced will be compared with another map that would have the number of schools required to be set up, thus helping the government find the deficiency in numbers.
The move is expected to reduce the gap between the literacy rates in rural and urban areas of the state. While the urban areas have a literacy rate of 68.7%, it is 53.6% in rural areas. Compared to the national literacy rate of 74.04%, the state continues to lag behind when it comes to education.
Source: Hindustan Times