Educational Analytics

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The genesis of this section is a session for the FICCI annual Higher Education Summit, 2012. The brief for the session, titled Powering the Higher Education System through Information and Analytics, at FICCI on November 6, 2012 (3.15 PM-4.30 PM) is as follows:

Information about the education system can benefit many stakeholders. For students and parents it would offer the ability to make informed choices. For government and other sponsors, it would provide the basis for effective evaluation and decision-making. For employers, it would act as an indicator of excellence or relevance. For institutions it will provide a way to publicise their advancement and learn from benchmarks.

International practices in this area have also recognized the power of information to promote greater open-ness, accountability and informed choice. Furthermore, existing regulations as well as new proposed legislation like the Prohibition of Unfair Practices Bill and the National Academic Depositories Bill, among others, need a comprehensive information ecosystem to function effectively.

In this session we shall review the various facets of information in the Higher Education system, the sources of this information, implementation of capture & validation mechanisms, our specific challenges/requirements and the applications of this information for decision-making, evaluation and other purposes.

We shall also review some of the existing national and international practices for such information capture and dissemination. Finally, we shall deliberate specific measures that can be suggested in the context of the Indian Education system.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. H A Ranganath (Director, NAAC) – Chairperson
  • Dr. Dinesh Paliwal (Member Secretary, NBA)
  • Prof. Pankaj Jalote (Director, IIT-Delhi)
  • Prof. Sudhanshu Bhushan (NUEPA)
  • Ms. Deepti Dutt (Senior Manager – Process & Operations,Unique Identification Authority of India, UIDA)
  • Mr. Ambrish Singh (Vice President and Head-Sales,
  • Mr. Milind Kamat (Vice-President & Country Head, India, Ellucian)
  • Dr. Trey Miller (Associate Economist at the RAND Corporation)

The specific areas that we are discussing are:

  1. review of the various facets of information in the Higher Education system (student, teacher, performance, demographic etc categories)
  2. identifying the sources of this information
  3. implementation of capture & validation mechanisms
  4. applications of this information for decision making, evaluation and other purposes

We are trying to highlight specific challenges/requirements in the context of:

  • regulation (current and proposed) led requirements for information
  • international best practices
  • emerging needs of students and decision makers in a rapidly expanding education space in India

Discussion is also expected on points such as:

  • Identify the key challenges or gaps in the current information identification, gathering and collection process
  • Identify potential solutions that can be discussed, including potentially role of private sector agencies working in PPP mode and any best practices that you are aware of
  • Identifying any prior research/report that exists on this topic
  • Information could be for research, for policy making and for actionable use by end users
  • We must worry about the political economy within which the information is expected to be made available and used/consumed
  • If information is made available, then what action must be taken on its basis (and why is action-taking deficient)?
  • Must we educate all stakeholders including policy makers on how to use the information already available? Are there formal techniques here? How do we build capability?
  • Are PPP models the panacea if regulation that mandates data submission by public and private players is the key bottleneck?
  • Can a few national players actually execute the processes required?
  • Do we need standards like ISCED by UNESCO? What can we learn from initiatives elsewhere?
  • Possible solutions include investing in Ed Statistics in a focused manner and developing capabilities in this area. Also need strong leadership.
  • Use of Aadhar for a better integrated view of data that can help a variety of end users
  • Providing Aadhar as a means of accessing services and data seamlessly
  • Learning from processes followed by UIDAI for large scale data collection

Resource List

Sathyam Committee Report



Higher Education Information Management

Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) Version 2 Data Model Guide


Concepts and terms in educational planning

Please feel free to raise questions, contribute resources and respond to discussions on this page.

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  1. Hi Viplav,

    Great to read your blog, much to learn from here. In terms of Educational Analytics, do you have any thoughts on what can be done at the Elementary school level? We’re working with govt elementary schools on a large scale and would like to hear from you on how analytics can improve our efforts. Would also like to hear more on the “meet scale with scale” idea, how would you operationalise this?



    1. Thanks for your kind comments, Ravi!

      Analytics starts with data (classification, identification of sources), moves on to deal with capture (or acquisition) and validation process and finally data is ready to be presented and analysed for a variety of stakeholders.

      For each segment of the target audience, we would need to find appropriate indicators such as performance, well-being and attendance. These indicators will depend upon what we are trying to analyze, so there must be an overall charter. Each of the analytics stages have their own challenges – for example, how would you collect/validate data? The technology portion is not very complicated.

      If you want to read more about analytics, please do look at the work Knewton, Khan Academy and Wireless Generation have done and perhaps you will find something of value there. If you have specific questions, I can try and help research them for you.

      Scale with scale – very close to my heart. I dont believe centralized top down capacity building initiatives will go anywhere for our scale and diversity. Instead we must divest control, facilitate a network – and really create capability, not capacity. I have done some operational thinking for this here.

      Look forward to interacting with you and learning more about your efforts.



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