case study laksh career academy

Case Study: How Laksh Career Academy Reduces Loopholes & Manpower Cost effectively?

About Laksh Career Academy: 

LAKSH Career Academy is one of the prominent institutes which provide coaching for competitive exams like prestigious UPSC Civil Services exams, Gujarat’s state PCS – GPSC exams among others. The institute was established on May 1, 2011(Gujarat Din) with the aim of providing quality coaching to the students for competitive exams. They have trained 1000s of aspirants from all corners of Gujarat. Many successful bright officers have LAKSH as their alma mater! 100s of successful Government servants in most of all govt. exams belong to their renowned institute. They also provide teaching to the candidates who are in preparation for various exams of the central government like Staff Selection Commission, Bank, Railway among others.

Candidates of LAKSH Academy

Executive Summary: In this case study, we take a deeper look at how the Fedena Pro solution helped Laksh Career Academy in centralizing the whole fragmented system without increasing their labor cost.

Challenges & Requirements:
  • The most common issue they were facing was regarding Fees Installment Collection. On a day to day basis, they receive multiple applications for batches admission and sometimes if they fail to collect timely installments, it used to affect them dearly! Therefore, they hire additional resources for their timely fees collection & used to issue hand-written fee receipts. Result in their operation cost started inflating, they discovered that the whole process was sometimes prone to errors and full of loopholes. So they wanted a fully automated solution.
  • The second issue was tracking the overall development of each candidate. Their existing system couldn’t provide a meaningful holistic view for them, as their data was fragmented among various systems. In that scenario, Laksh Academy couldn’t track the entire performance of any candidate. Thus management couldn’t take timely actions in any scenario. For example, for them, it is unable to view attendance records, fee payment history, installment details & candidate test progress at a single place to drive a meaningful output, as the whole data remains fragmented among multiple record systems. Resulting in no real-time tracking on any single candidate. These loopholes and lacunae disabled them from being effective and transformation management.
  • They were also facing issues in timely and orderly communication of various details to the candidates. For example, they used to manage timetables on a weekly basis for all batches. They generate a timetable using google sheet. From there to communicate to faculties they used to send time-tables in the calendar and thus faculties will get an idea along with phone follow-ups. Besides students, they created various Whatsapp groups batch-wise. But it was very difficult as with every admission they need to update WhatsApp groups. It was a labor-intensive operation. Thus they faced difficulties in mass communication which shall be targeted and effective.

Laksh Career Academy Case Study

The Solution:

Laksh Career Academy was suffering from so many administrative issues, so they tried to study various available options in the market. It was a very sensitive decision for them to select the suitable Institute Management System for their organization. But as a reputed institute who is committed to providing quality education and services, they studied more than 10+ software. 

After talking to their counselor’s suggestion in detail and taking a demo they finalized Fedena’s Pro Solution.

Key Highlights:

As we all know, starting with new software is not always. But as the Laksh Academy went on the Support page and kept on reading, they found out that the configuration of the whole system according to their need is much simpler and easily doable. Slowly it changed the whole scenario. Videos were also very helpful in understanding every feature in detail. One by one they were able to start operating various features. It was like a silent revolution for them. 

Now they are able to solve all the above-discussed problems. And with less man-power and cost inputs, Laksh Academy is able to manage the aspirant’s needs better. They got centralized control over the whole system. Students also liked it as they will be able to see everything online. The whole process becomes digitized as they issue printed receipts, installment collection and tracking is also very effective and agile. 

Tracking students’ data on a single place becomes possible after using Finance, Admission, Messaging features of Fedena. 

Reasons for choosing Fedena were not one but many: 

  • Fedena is able to solve the fundamental needs of automation. As it provides an adequate depth of knowledge that is needed to run their academic system efficiently. 
  • It is a cloud-based solution that empowers them to monitor the day to day of your institution from anywhere at any time. 
  • It is an easily customizable solution. And it expands and connects to various apps and services in the real-time work environment, which helps them in evolving, growing and altering their dynamic needs. 
  • Before buying such a large system, we also studied lots of reviews. In global platforms of CIMS like Gradelink, Schoology, Xplor, Igradplus, Class365, the only recognized and noted Indian system was FEDENA. 
  • Thus we settled for Fedena as a holistic cloud-based solution to run premiere institutions. We also like team members talk and adequate. So we found that very professional.
The Success:

After implementing Fedena, we noticed enormous changes. 

  • It brought a smile on the faces of students. As they are able to monitor everything on phones. Time and resources are saved like anything. 
  • It helped them financially too. The cost of manpower decreases tremendously. With less manpower, they were able to supervise large operations. Installment collection became timely thus reducing the chances of default. 
  • It reduced errors, bugs, loopholes from the system and at large scale operations seamless productivity became possible. 

Fedena is a trusted and most reliable platform in the education field. It is successful not only in India but also across the globe. LAKSH CAREER ACADEMY can only provide effective, more meaningful and relevant service through Fedena. 

Testimonial 
This system is a great boon for us. Thank you Team Foradian for making us successful! In terms of administrative reforms, we were able to run in no time that in brick and mortar way may have taken so many years. Fedena is a true disruption in the education world.”

Laksh Career Academy Case Study

sunshine schools case study

Case Study: Learn how Fedena helped Sunshine Schools in saving 20% of their time, money & space?

About Sunshine Schools:

Sunshine Schools was started by alumni of Teach For India in 2015 is to provide high-quality school education to the lower-income population for an affordable fee.  Currently, we run two schools in the NCR area and plan to start many more.

sunshine schools case study

Executive Summary: In this case study, we take a deeper look at how Fedena the paperless solution helped all the stakeholders in saving 20% of their time, money & space. Also, it assisted in boosting their productivity & enhanced digital literacy skills.

Challenges & Requirements:

  • Automating student’s admission process was one of the key reasons that Sunshine Schools was looking for the school ERP solution. From issuing admission form to collecting students’ data manually was a tiresome task for administrators. Hence, it was impacting their productivity. 
  • They have a manual attendance process which makes it difficult for them to keep track of students’ attendance when they are moving from one section to another, also calculating attendance manually for report cards was a time-consuming task for teachers.
  • To capture the student’s grades for each assessment & calculating the GPA for analyzing the student’s performance they were using google sheets, which left ample opportunity for errors and made the process more tedious and challenging for the staff members.
  • Manually collecting fees, writing a fee receipt and entering data into the cashbook required lots of paperwork which was not only easy to maintain but also increased their administration cost day by day.
  • To manage the admission enquiry, their sales team was using google sheets, which led to lead duplicity and made it difficult for them to analyze the lead’s journey through-out the sales funnel.

The Solution:

Sunshine Schools was looking for a SaaS system that could be easily customized according to their diverse needs. After in-depth research, they finalized Fedena’s – Pro Plus Solution.

According to Vikas, the CEO & Founder of Sunshine Schools  “We looked at various solutions including My Classboard, NextERP and well as some open-source ones such as OpenEducat.  As I have a strong background in ERP sales and implementation, I knew that I wanted a SaaS system and a vendor who had the right philosophy.  By that, I mean that the vendor was thinking deeply about the architecture of the system (maintaining a single master version and not individual versions for each customer) but at the same time was open to making it as flexible/configurable as possible to meet the diverse needs of the various customers. I really liked the usability of Fedena, the simple clean user interface and the fact that the system did not lag and it was responsive.”

Key Highlights:

  • With the Fee module, they were able to enter fees directly into the system and generate fee receipts from the system itself. This eliminates the processes of writing receipts manually and entering them later in the system.
  • The whole admission process has become digitized, now admin can seamlessly track the admission related information & new applicant enquiries on a real-time. 
  • Fee collection process becomes digitized with Fee Management feature, admin can maintain fee receipt and payment records in digital format and on real-time keep a track on fee defaulters.
  • Overall, Fedena helped in saving the precious time of admin, teacher, and principal as well as made our organization structure more robust & secure.

The Success:

  • Going paperless has enhanced digital literacy among all the key stakeholders and helped them in saving 20% of their time, space & money.
  • Admin & Principal are much happier as there burden has reduced and they have to spend less time during the EOD process.
  • The admission process becomes more simplified, faster, error-free and more secure.
  • Improved their decision making as in a click they can generate multiple customized reports.

Testimonial 

Fedena is best due to its strong product focus and their focus on just providing School ERP solutions. During the implementation phase, they were open to looking at my specific requirements and adding them as configurable options to the core product. I enjoyed talking to Gary, the product lead, as he quickly and completely understood my use cases and provided options for how we could implement them in the solution.”

sunshine schools case study

HEC Group of Institution Case Study

Case Study: How HEC Group Of Institution Saves 20% of their Time & Cost?

About HEC Group of Institutions:

HEC college is one of the oldest & self-financed colleges in Haridwar (Uttarakhand). HEC College provides undergraduates, Postgraduate, PG diploma courses. The courses are in the field of commerce, Management, Science, Lib. Science and Arts.

HEC Group of Institution Case StudyAffiliated to HNB Garhwal University, Sri Nagar, Garhwal, and Sri Dev Suman Uttarakhand University, Badshahithol, Tehri Garhwal. It was established in the year 2002. HEC Group of Institutions is a reputed organization and running successfully two campuses: One in Kanya Gurukul Campus, Chhoti Nahar, Kankhal, Haridwar and others in Laksar Road, Jagjeetpur, Kankhal, Haridwar.

Executive Summary: Fedena the one-stop solution helped HEC in reducing the paper consumption, accelerate staff efficiency & minimize the risk of misplacing the physical files/records. After Fedena’s implementation, the HEC Group of Institution saved 20% of their employee’s time and reduce the management cost.

Challenges & Requirements:

  • HEC institution has multiple branches in Uttarakhand, and maintaining the raw data of various branches on paper was not only a time-consuming task for school staff but there was always a risk of getting records damaged or lost.
  • Every day they were facing difficulty to keep all the records in one place, result, the staff members were unable to retrieve the documents/files during the time of their needs.
  • In both the institution of HEC, initially, the collection of the student’s fee was done manually due to which admin was unable to keep track of all the paid and unpaid transactions.
  • To maintain a record of each transaction, they have to manually retain the report which was indirectly impacting the performance of the staff members.
  • Manually converting unprocessed data into an actionable insightful report requires a dedicated employee, which was increasing their management cost.

The Solution:

HEC Group of Institution Case StudyReducing the paper cost and proper data management was the key issue they facing before the implementation of Fedena Pro Plus Solution. Fedena enables HEC to manage entire institute data from one single platform. During the implementation phase, Fedena experts helped HEC core member’s in setting up all the data from scratch.

Key Highlights:

  • With data management features, now HEC can store the records or documents on a single place & authorized staff members can easily retrieve any records from anywhere at any time, this enhances the data security and prevents the accidental data breach.
  • After Fedena’s implementation, it becomes easy for HEC to keep tracking and analyzing the performance of their institute and overall business health of their brand.
  • The Finance feature helped in streamlining the fee collection process by scheduling the fees, adding discounts & fine, creating student’s fee structure, option to add the refunds and more. 
  • Admin can keep a track on fee defaulter and sent timely reminders to complete the fee payment. Apart from this, in a click, they can easily multiple reports such as particular-wise students transaction reports, tax reports, advance fees report, other transaction reports and more. Thus, enhnace their day to day productivity.
  • The Customised Report feature helped the school administration to critically analyze various reports, functions, and areas to get a better understanding of which department of the school is doing well or poorly. Also, it aids in eliminating the turmoil to reach the various goals and improve the performance of the school. 

The Success:

  1. Less paper consumption and minimize the complexity of daily operation.
  2. Helped staff members in saving their precious time.
  3. Bring transparency in the organization structure.
  4. Helped in saving 20% of their employee’s time and reduce the management cost.

Testimonial 

“Fedena is one of the most useful ERP software in which   institutes, schools or colleges can fulfill their need as they required. We have been using Fedena since last two years. Fedena has so many features that make it different from all among the software. ” HEC Group of Institutions

HEC Group of Institution Case Study

Vidya Vikas Academy Case Study

How Vidya Vikas Academy reduced 40% of its administration cost with Fedena Subscription?

About Vidya Vikas Academy:

Vidya Vikas Academy(VVA) is an English medium school affiliated by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi, and recognized by the Directorate of Education, Government of Goa. The school was established in the year 1994, it has become one of the most reputed schools in the state of Goa.

School has 43 classrooms and offers classes from Nursery to 12th standard. The school had humble beginnings housed in the same rented premises that had earlier used by Shree Damodar College of Commerce & Economics and Govind Ramnath Kare College of Law. 

Today the school occupies a spacious building in the Vidya Vikas Mandal Campus and offers its pupils state of art facilities. The school does its best to impart education rather than mere knowledge.

Executive Summary: In this case study, we take a deeper look at how Fedena the paperless solution helped in reducing the 40% of their administration cost. Also, it helped in saving a lot of time by automating the day to day operations of the Vidya Vikas Academy Institution.
Challenges & Requirements:
  1. Vidya Vikas Academy is the finest school in the State of Goa and hence the total number of applications for admission received every year is huge. Therefore it was a difficult and time-consuming task to compile the details of the respective students efficiently in real-time.
  2. Daily attendance of teachers and students was maintained/marked manually in the attendance registers. Hence monthly/annual attendance details had to be re-entered and compiled in excel, which again was time-consuming.
  3. Student’s results were handwritten and this involved hours of work. Class teachers/ subject teachers had to design and maintain excel files, displaying marks, calculations, etc. Hardcopies of the marks lists had to maintained, along with other respective records.
  4. A lot of our work was either done manually or through using excel. This involved a greater possibility of errors being made. Besides, it was not easy to recover past records.
  5. Hardcopies of the circulars, notices, notes were given to the student which involved large paper consumption.
The Solution:

There are multiple ERP solutions available in the market but Vidya Vikas Academy was looking for a fully-baked solution that not only digitized their whole operations but also provides real-time access to their data.

That’s why we suggested Fedena – Pro Plus Solution, which is a holistic platform to manage the highly cumbersome process hassle-free and with Fedena Mobile App support and an individual can access any information in a single tab.

Key Highlights:

  1. The Admission features, automated the admission application process. Effortlessly admins can manage the student’s details at a granular level and keep a real-time track on each application status.
  2. Fedena has made teachers work more efficient and helped them in mitigating their daily workload so that they can focus on the most important thing i.e imparting the best knowledge to the students. 
  3. With the grade-book module, results are automatically generated through the system hence teachers just need to enter the students’ subject marks and the system generates/calculates the results, which has reduced the burden of the class teachers.
  4. Acquiring the previous records and documents is no longer an issue. With the document management module, admin can easily save the records, edit it at any time and instantly share it with anyone. So that the decision-maker can take real-time. 
  5. The communication module has opened entirely new dimensions for both the teacher-parent as well as teacher-student to interact on a daily basis, thus enriching all of them with current updates happening in school.
  6. Digital messages can be forwarded in real-time. This process is eco-friendly too. Everybody is informed about important notices, information, etc all at the same time and instantly.

The Success:

  1. Paper consumption got reduced by 40%.
  2. Fedena has helped reduce the communication gap, not just between the students and the teachers, but also among parents and teachers. Students and parents can be kept in the loop of every event, schedule change or announcements, etc.
  3. The online admission feature is highly reliable, efficient and eliminated the possibility of human errors.
“Fedena has simplified our admission procedures, data management process, data accessibility and communication between the stakeholders thereby saving our valuable time as well as paper.”

Joble Bijoy, Principal

“Paperless messages can be forwarded. Thus the process is environmentally friendly too. Everybody is informed at the same time. Easy maintenance and calculation of attendance.”

Tr. Nilanjana Chakraborty

“I compliment the team at Vidya Vikas Academy for implementing Fedena. It has helped us to connect to the faculty and track the progress of our ward. The event notifications, fee reminders(SMS), attendance alerts, worksheets, etc have been very helpful.”

Ekta Agarwal, Parent

Aparna World School Case Study

Case Study: How Fedena helped in managing bulk data effectively & enhanced data security?

About Aparna World School:

Aparna World School is a CBSE pattern school established in 2014, situated in Jharsuguda, Odisha. It is a K-12 Learning School started in 2014-15 and also an Indian Boarding School. As of 2016, the school has enrolled 350 students, with a teacher-student ratio of 1:15. The school occupies an 18-acre campus.

Aparna World School Case Study

The founder of Aparna World School Sri Om Prakash Poddar believes that the school aspires not simply to adapt to the constant changes in the needs of its learners and the society they will create, but to harness and accelerate that change in all ways it can. 

Executive Summary: In this case study, we take a deeper look into how Fedena helped in managing the bulk data effectively and enhance the data security for Aparna World School.

Challenges & Requirements:

  • In Aparna World School, the standardized process to handle the data from a single platform was missing which has increased the data discrepancies.
  • Every department was managing the student’s data separately, this was making it difficult for their admins to update and maintain the consistent data across all the department which eventually escalating the possibility of data redundancy.
  • Instant access to student’s scholastic and personal data details was not easily obtainable, which not only restrain the stakeholders in making a quick decision but also impeding the smooth operations.
  • Managing manually all school data was the time-killing task for the admin’s which was impacting their other tasks productivity.
  • Creating reports such as student’s attendance reports, transport records, teacher’s performance reports, financial reports and more from unorganized data was painstaking tasks for admins. Therefore Aparna World School was looking for a solution which can provide the data insight at their fingertips.

The Solution:

Data management & handling was the key issue they were facing day by day and when our experts analyze their situation they suggested that Fedena SaaS Pro Plan is the best solution for them. During the phase implementation, Fedena provided 3 days of on-site training to the institute’s core team.

Key Highlights of Solution:

  • Now accessing any academic and administrative data related to a particular student/employee has become simple and easy. In a single click, stakeholders can view any information at any time from anywhere.
  • With Fedena solution data tracking, data sharing, customizing and editing of the data become super easy. 
  • To create reports, excel sheet got replaced by Fedena, now in a tap user can generate customized reports, analyze it and make the best decision for their institute growth, thus saving time and effort.
  • The centralized platform of Fedena helped in storing & collating the information of students/employees across the various departments in a single place.

The Success:

  1. Simplifies the whole data management process which helps them in saving 70% of their time.
  2. Data redundancy and data inconsistency across all the database got reduced.
  3. Enhance data security & simplifies the data accessibility for all the stakeholders.
  4. The customized reports helped in understanding the financial health and organization stability of the institute.
“The platform took care of all the data management tasks, saving us a valuable amount of time. This in turn saved time for more important tasks like student development.”

Aparna World School

Aparna World School Case Study
SSRVM Case Study

Case Study: How Fedena helped 70+ Institute of SSRVM in automating their daily school operations?

About SSRVM:

SSRVM is one of the prestigious Group of Institutions in India. It was established in 1999,  to provide a world-class, holistic education to students across various age groups and multiple fields of study. So far, SSRVM Trust has established about 98 educational institutes, ranging from Pre Primary to P.G. Studies in diverse areas – viz: Management, Computer Study, Ayurveda medicine, etc. and has more than 40,000 students.

The founder of SSRVM Trust, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar Ji believes that just information is not education. It is culturing our behavior and attitude. We can perceive things better. The purpose of education is to increase awareness. Only a school that can nourish inbuilt virtues can impart real intelligence.

Executive Summary: In this case study, we take a more in-depth look into how Fedena helped 70+ institute of SSRVM in automating their daily school operations. Also, helped in saving approximately 71% of staff time.

Challenges & Requirements:
  • SSRVM has institutions across major cities and also in remote parts of the country. They needed a Software which is easy to use even for the novice users. And which provide a common platform for all the stakeholders to connect with each other.
  • SSRVM was looking for a SaaS solution which would eliminate the need of dedicated hardware and save time in installation, maintaining, & upgrading of the software.
  • SSRVM already had a well-trained team of software professionals and domain experts (SSRVM Techsupport) who needed a ‘stable’ software with the potential to integrate multiple aspects of their schools’ day to day work with single-click report generation platform. 
  • SSRVM needed software with ‘complete’ set of basic functionalities and enhanced features to support schools operational needs. 
  • SSRVM Techsupport team wanted to implement and train the SSRVM schools staff by themselves and needed premium backend support from the software provider.
  • Every day all the schools were getting hundreds of admission inquiries. SSRVM looked for a platform which can collect, sort, and manage all the data at a single system and thus save time and labor cost.
  • With an increasing number of students, the fees collection process become time-consuming.  With their existing solution, SSRVM schools were not able to track fee defaulters and also not able to generate e-receipt in a real-time.
  • Schools were following the conventional method to manage attendance and timetable. And wanted to adopt an automated solution that will save time. This would help the Teachers to focus more on teaching and other productive tasks. 
  • Managing employees records and payslip for thousands of employees on an excel sheet were getting complicated day by day. SSRVM looked or a solution which can make this process flawless.
  • 70+ Schools under SSRVM trust had diverse grade book and examination requirements. Ex: CBSE, ICSE, STATE . and SSRVM Techsupport wanted a configurable solution to achieve this requirement.

The Solution:

After doing an in-depth analysis and evaluating the challenges, we understood that the Fedena Pro SaaS with Multi-School Dashboard is the right solution for SSRVM Trust. With SSRVM Techsupport Team leading the charge for implementation & training, Fedena was successfully implemented in all 70 institutions. Sooner all the stakeholders started driving immediate benefit out of the software.

Key Highlights of Solution:

  • Maintaining reports up-to-date is one of the uphill tasks for the admins. With Report feature in Fedena, the complete process became effortless as they can generate outstanding and customized reports in a fraction of seconds. 
  • With the HR module, all the information related to employees can be easily accessed from anywhere. For example: Easy generation of payslips. Availability of full information about employees, including payroll details in Fedena.
  • It automated the student admission and examination process and helped in saving a lot of paperwork, improving the collection of information at the time of admission.
  • Now maintaining student attendance has become simple and easy. In a single click, the teacher can mark the attendance of the students. The whole process becomes digital. 
  • Finance & Fees feature helped the admin in identifying the fees defaulters. The excel sheets got replaced by Fedena, where the user can keep track of all pending fees that are available at a time, can quickly generate reports on outstanding fees helping in easy management of all the financial records. 
  • Timetable feature helped in setting up various timetables and instant access to classroom and subject information is available to teachers, students, and parents. 

The Success:

Now, after consistently using Fedena Pro Module for more than 5 years, SSRVM employees are saving approximately 71% of their time, which they were loosing while managing all the tasks manually. With Fedena, most of SSRVM  administrative tasks have become automated, and it has become easy for the stakeholders to keep a realtime track on all the activities.

“SSRVM Trust appreciates Foradian Technologies Pvt Ltd. for their highly skilled consultants and excellent project management capabilities demonstrated during the implementation of this project. They continue to provide us with excellent operations and post-implementation services through their engineers, which ensures continued support for the Fedena ERP. We are highly impressed by the quality of documentation, commitment to adhere to high standards, and ability to provide the required training and support to our staff.”

Siva Kanchibotla
SSRVM Trust

Rajagiri College Case Study

Case Study : Rajagiri College of Social Science (RCSS)

Learn how the prestigious group of Institutions in India – RCSS uses
Fedena solutions to automate their higher education departments with
thousands of students and millions of dollars in online fee transactions.

About Rajagiri Group:

Drawing inspiration from the founder, St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, a great visionary, reformer and religious leader of the 19th century, the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), the first indigenous religious congregation for men in India, dedicated themselves to education at all levels. At present, their mission of education comprises a vast network of 448 institutions – including over 200 schools, 14 university-affiliated colleges, 1 engineering college, 12 technical institutes, 1 university, 2 medical colleges, 3 B.Ed. colleges, 5 special schools, 18 non-formal educational institutions, and 17 cultural centers spread all over India and beyond.

Rajagiri College of Social Sciences (Rajagiri) was established as a result of
the indefatigable industry and foresight of the CMI. The School of
Social Work is one of the pioneering institutions in South India, establishing
programs and setting the standards for the field.

The School of Management is nationally ranked and recognized. The School of Computer Science and the School of Library and Information Science maintain the axiomatic spirit of Rajagiri – ‘Relentlessly Towards Excellence’.

Challenges Faced:

Rajagiri College of Social Sciences was on the lookout for a state-of-the-art ERP that would act as a complete package to automate various processes like Academic, Fees, Examination, Library, HR & Payroll, Accounts, Transport, et al. Among others, the following are some of the important customer pain points that were identified.

  1. Support and handle multischool operations in a single ERP.
  2. Customizable to institute’s specific requirements.
  3. Easy implementation and reliable support post-sales.

The management formed a subcommittee within the sta, who was entrusted with the task of identifying the best-suited company to take up the job. The committee contacted Fedena as one of the prospective vendors. Fedena ranked number one on their list and decided to take up Fedena to be implemented on their campus.

The Solution: Fedena Enterprise

Fedena has undertaken a very professional approach of phased implementation at Rajagiri College of Social Sciences which was delivered over a period of 6 months. At the end of 6th month, Fedena was installed on the servers of Rajagiri and the hands-on training was provided to the core team who acted as the Alpha team for the implementation.

Fedena has been proved to be a solution that can grow with Rajagiri College of Social Sciences and continuously transform the way they did business. The implementation and training method can be replicated across geography. Fedena can make institutes in the similar field ready for accreditation, autonomous status, and a tech-ready campus.

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Project Sampoorna – The School Management System Every Indian Student Deserves

Proven results in scale and effectiveness for our nation

 
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In 2011, the Government of Kerala took on the ambitious challenge of better serving its students by more efficiently managing their school record details. The end-goal was to make previously tiresome processes more hassle-free for all administrators, from the Headmaster at the very top of the institution management to the classroom level teachers interacting directly with students.
 
From this vision was born Project Sampoorna, a school management system that would track the details of every student in order to enable institutions to better empower them. Sampoorna was built on Fedena’s open source database and server software and was launched under the aegis of the IT@School Project in Kerala, whose aim was to leverage technology to bring about school level transformations. The numbers involved in this project only speak to its ambitiousness – over 300, 000 teachers benefited in Kerala had the opportunity to use this system to better track and manage their students’ schooling. 70 lakh student records in 15, 000 schools across the State were tracked using the Sampoorna system.
 
But why was this project so important to begin with? While the processes of yore might have seemed cumbersome, they certainly were not entirely dysfunctional. Things had been carrying on without too many major mishaps. Was this yet another effort to fix something that was not entirely broken?
 
Sampoorna in the media
 
Let’s start with a deeper than surface level look at a phenomenon most people are familiar with – the skyrocketing of school fees. This is not only a subject of popular debate at dinner table conversations, or an electoral promise made by anyone running for office, but a a primary factor in people’s individual economic decision making. The refrain from a disgruntled parent about how much he/she is spending on school for his child whose marks are not quite up to par is practically a trope now. Educational loans are one of the most utilised types of funding banks offer. Every parent aspires for their child to join a brand name school, get into a brand name college, and secure a brand name job. So it makes sense why school fees are rising and will continue to do so. There are a multitude of factors that influence this trajectory. In addition to the usual suspects – such as rising cost of living, the demand for more specialised competencies from our teachers, and the increased competitiveness students are facing with each passing day – there is a hidden cost that is not often factored into increased school fees.
 
School administration fees are often overlooked when considering why school fees are so high nowadays. In addition to property costs, schools are dealing with a greater number of administrative processes, from issuance of certificates to catering to the real-time information demands of increasingly involved parents. The sheer scale of these processes is hard to keep pace with, especially without the help of technological support. Anything that helps mitigate this cost is a win for everyone – from institutions who seem to be perennially struggling with budgetary budgetary concerns to parents who are making heartbreaking compromises for their child’s educational future.
 
This is where ambitious initiatives like Project Sampoorna come in. The robust engineering upon which the platform is built and its comprehensive technical capabilities allow schools to focus on their primary goals of educating India’s future thinkers.
 
What started off as a 100 day pilot programme in 2011 was found to be so effective, leaders in the Government of Kerala have now mandated the compulsory use of the Sampoorna school management software across the entire State going forward in 2017.
 
Educational technology initiatives are rarely this successful, especially when one factors in the massive requirement in terms of scale. Especially of note here is that this has been accomplished not by a private entity with billions of dollars of investment, but by the Government of Kerala, ensuring its democratic implementation. This is not an elitist program accessible to only a few financially blessed institutions and their equally privileged wards. Students from all walks of life in Kerala have benefited from this project and will continue to do so.
 
A second point of commendation is that Project Sampoorna has led to stellar financial outcomes – data shows that over $10 million dollars a year has been saved every thanks to the cost-cutting in labour and resources that the platform has allowed. Every dollar earned through this type of frugality at scale is a dollar that can be put towards resources that directly improve student learning and thus, student outcomes.
 
So what are the administrative functions that the State of Kerala has saved on in the last few years?
 
The processes the system can manage are comprehensive. Administrators can use the Sampoorna school management system to streamline previously burdensome processes like preparation of Transfer Certificates, copying of Admission Register, generation of a variety of student reports, generation of lists for numerous scholarships, preparation of SSLC examination database, preparation of student progress report, student class promotion lists and even entry forms for sporting and cultural events. Students and parents can keep a better track of their progress in school through the easily generated reports for parents, teachers and non-teaching staff who support student activity The system has become a necessary facet of everyday school functioning – teachers utilise the time table management feature that has been integrated into the software.
 
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And what can we look forward to from Sampoorna in 2017 and beyond?
 
Now that some existing processes have been tested in the system, the possibilities are endless. The potential of the system must be utilised at its fullest in order to ensure complete effectiveness. Whether it is ensuring its existing features to better track government spending at individual schools, or expanding the scope of the system to track more than student details, the sky’s the limit.
 
In a country like India, where various out of school factors like number of siblings, gender of the student, parent’s income, parent’s education, distance to school, nutrition(body mass index) etc. play a critical role than the quality of schools and teachers, Sampoorna has the capability to track student data that directly affects our ability to understand issues that truly affect educational outcomes for students. This data collection is the first step to implementing highly effective and personalised students. Sampoorna is also ready to manage the implementation of these students. For instance, tracking the implementation of a government scheme like the Mid-day Meal program utilises features that already exist in Sampoorna and have a proven track record of success.
 
Research shows us that education is one of the key factors in social mobility – a marker of success, especially in a country as diverse as India. For most people, education is their one route to improving their social conditions, especially for those struggling with abject poverty. Detractors might argue that spending on educational technology when students go hungry is a frivolous and foolhardy act. This is an outmoded way of thinking. Education technology helps effect real change that can transform people’s lives. It is not just a student that benefits, but their entire family, and consequently their communities. Investing in educational technology initiatives like the Government of Kerala has can make or break this country’s future.
 
Sampoorna’s robust technical capabilities and cost effectiveness at scale make it a highly reliable educational partner, especially for Governments that already have the reach that private entities struggle to match. Its success is not just limited to the State of Kerala, and visionary leaders from across the country must recognise that there is no reason to not expand it to the rest of India. This future ready platform is what students from across our country deserve.

Project Sampoorna

Project Sampoorna: Case Study

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Project Sampoorna is an implementation of Fedena by the Government of Kerala, in the state of Kerala, India, to automate the systems and processes of 7 million students in 15,000 schools with students ranging from Standard 1 to Standard 12.

Challenges Faced:

Efficient management of certain processes like generating and preparation of reports, creating promotion list, examination database, admission registers and a whole lot of other tasks required a comprehensive mechanism.

Solution by Foradian:

Fedena Enterprise Solution

The Result:

Fedena’s enterprise solution could give them the results to their problems. Fedena was customized based on their requirements that helped them with tracking and monitoring the activities of the students and also the school itself.

Project Sampoorna: 15000+ schools. 7 million+ students

A school management system project by the Education Department of Government of Kerala, in the state of Kerala, India, Sampoorna is implemented to automate the systems and processes of more than 15,000 schools in the state. Developed by IT @School Project, Sampoorna made the accessibility of more than 7 million students from Standard 1 to 12 easier to school authorities. The main objective of the project is to facilitate principals, headmasters and teachers to easily implement the software and monitor all the students and the school itself.

Problems Faced

1. Managing the vast array of processes and systems of the schools requires a comprehensive mechanism.
2. Customized ERP software solution based on requirements of the education system.
3. The systems and management involved to monitor students, teachers and the schools required automation for easy management and in less expense.
4. This kind of education format has multi-layer approval system and different hierarchical roles and hence, required role based dashboards for all, at each of the layers.

The solution: Fedena enterprise solution

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Fedena’s enterprise solution offered easy implementation and monitoring of all the activities of students and the schools as well. Important processes like preparation of transfer certificate, generating reports related to students, teachers, parents and staff made easy, creating promotion lists, copying of admission register and a whole lot of other tasks are carried efficiently.
2. A customized version of the software was offered to help manage systems and processes unique to the education system.
3. Complete automation of the order has helped the customer save some 10 million dollars every year.
4. Fedena multi school and different layers of dashboard control mechanism was used to manage various role-based responsibilities in addition to the single school dashboard and control.

“Sampoorna has been visualized as a comprehensive mechanism to facilitate academic activities such as progress tracking and even determining the aptitude of a student right from when he/she is admitted to the 1st standard itself.” – K Anvar Sadath Executive Director, IT@School Project Kerala

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Fedena UI Redesign: Case Study

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Overview

Fedena is used by thousands of schools and millions of users worldwide, and it is considered a really user-friendly app. The simplicity in design and easy to use interface, makes Fedena stand out from similar tools.

But the increasing number of features in Fedena and the changes in worldwide design trends, made us think that the time had come for a facelift.

Problems with the Earlier Design

  • Too many features, Uncategorized:

Like any other app, features in Fedena have been increasing since we started our journey. The market study, research, and innovations from our team and also the interactions with clients,  give us a better understanding of what additional features are required to make Fedena more efficient.

Currently, Fedena has more than 50 modules and external plugins. For a user, it is a tedious task to browse through all of them in the dashboard and find what he/she is looking for. We were also not happy about the very long ‘More’ menu where the rest of the features were shown due to space issues.

  • Submenus are not easily accessible:

Most of the entries in the dashboard had submenus, and some of them were further divided. In order to access them, the user had to click the icon and go inside the module.

  • No options to monitor day to day activities and data:

This was more like a requirement than a problem. The easiest way to know what is happening in the institution today is the one place where we show all the daily activities and statuses like examinations, fee due, online meetings, discussions, etc, without browsing each module. Fedena had no such feature.

  • Outdated design:

Despite being simple and easy to use, the main design pattern we followed was a little old, and tried & tested in several apps. The days of big colorful skeuomorphic icons and background patterns are long gone. So a user who is aware of the internet standards and current UI design trends might have felt Fedena design outdated.

Key Focus while Designing

Efficiency over features:  Priority should be on ‘how it works’, rather than ‘how it looks’.
Aesthetic and meaningful data presentation: Give the user relevant data from time to time.
Giving control to the user: User should be able to decide what he/she wants to see.
Minimal design: Design should be light, simple and to the point.

Keeping these things in mind we started planning. Studied several apps, from Amazon API, Salesforce and desk.com to even e-commercial websites, to get the best possible options to solve these problems. So many designs were tried, tested and scrapped. And finally, we came up with new design
and it turned out to be a never before seen menu and dashboard view.

  • Navigation Bar

The revamped navigation bar now consists of a menu button, link with institution name which acts as a backlink to the dashboard, search area, messages, and a user preferences icon. Everything is arranged in such a way to make the best use of the space.

  • Menu button: One click to get them all

All the module menus have been stacked neatly under one single button. Wherever you are in the app, you can access any other module by just a click in the menu button.

  • Categorising the Modules

We have grouped them according to their nature under different tabs. For example, if a user wants to access the Examination module, he/she just needs to go to the Academics tab. No longer scrolling through the big list of modules.

  • Easily accessible submenus

Place the mouse over a module and the submenus will appear. This has reduced the number of clicks required to reach a feature the user wants.

  • User Controlled Quick Links

The quick links tab gives the user the freedom of bringing favorite modules under one tab. By clicking ‘Manage quick links’ user can control what all features need to be there in the quick link tab. He/she even can control the sub-menus that appear on quick links.

  • Wide Range of Clean Monochrome Icons

The big colorful icons were the face of Fedena. But as the part of bidding adieu to the old school design, we had to chuck the ‘iconic dashboard’.

The new set of icons are modern, pixel perfect, more precise, and go along with the updated user interface.

  • The Consolidated Dashboard

The idea is to give the user the most possible data relevant to him when he/she enters Fedena. This reduces the time taken for daily monitoring and makes sure the user never misses any important data.

There are several ‘dashlets’ and from which the user gets an insight of what all activities are happening in the institution on that day and he/she can also switch the dashlet to any other date. Activities like birthdays, events, examinations, discussions happening all can be accessed at a glance. Also, the day to day statuses of finance, students, and employees can be monitored. The data shown in the dashboard palettes differ from user to user, based on their privilege.

The user can sort the dashlets by dragging them. And click the ‘Manage Dashlets’ button helps the user to control what should appear on the dashboard.

  • Implementing the Design

Finalized designs were given to the development team and they did a fantastic job on giving life to the visuals. The results were exactly what we had planned, thanks to the pixel perfect front-end and smooth back end coding.

  • Future Plans

With the new dashboard and menu design, we have completed the first phase of Fedena redesign process. Since Fedena is a vast application a complete redesign is a time taking work. New features in Fedena are being made in compliance with the redesigned dashboard. Soon the entire app will have a new look.

Another major upcoming plan is to implement an ‘Analytical dashboard’, where the user will get visual data on institutional activities through graphs, charts, and infographics. Comparing and consolidating data will be easier and efficient in the future.

Our aim is to make Fedena more vibrant and strong.

This article is written by:

Devi-display-picDevi Prasad

Or Devi like everyone calls him, is a multidisciplinary designer and artist with an eye for innovation and pixel perfection. Spends most of his free time sketching, surfing the cyberspace for inspiration and watching movies.