CHENNAI: Over 1.20 crore students of government, aided and private schools across the State will be given smart cards with data on students soon, according to the Minister for School Education K A Sengottaiyan.
The smart cards will have data of names of students, their parents, address, annual income, date of birth, admission details, pass percentage, community certificate and others.
The smart card scheme was launched by the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa as a pilot project in Tiruchy in 2012, the minister said.
Sengoittayan was speaking at the career guidance counselling on Wednesday for school students organised by the Tamil Nadu School Education Department here.
“This will be handy when the students migrate to other schools where this information can be used during admissions. It will also help arrive at the statistics of dropout in the State and help identify student beneficiaries of various Government schemes,” Sengottaiyan added.
The Class X and XII students will be offered counselling on education loans, self-employment, skill development, competitive examinations, polytechnic, diploma and ITI courses at the career guidance counselling. The minister also launched the career guidance counselling handbook for students.
The Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar also took part.
The two-day counselling was attended by over 10,000 students from 200 schools.