In the field of education, scholarship programmes have seamlessly moved into the fold of DBT. Money is being transferred into the bank accounts of beneficiaries rather than being handed over as cheques. In-kind transfers have begun using Management Information Systems (MIS) platforms for multiple functions and are now being termed DBT.
MicroSave conducted a study in Uttar Pradesh on DBT in education. The study specifically looked at in-kind benefit transfers to school going children and is based on primary qualitative research and allied techniques. The sample was taken from the districts of Gorakhpur, Lalitpur, Lucknow, and Meerut to ensure a representative sample for the study. The Department of Secondary Education (DoSE) distributes benefits to a targeted section of students between classes IX-XII as announced by the Government of Uttar Pradesh from time to time.
The objectives of the study were to understand the processes for the distribution of benefits; understand the allied systems that the processes make use of; identify gaps in the processes and suggest opportunities for improvement.