Census 2021: Training of 1st Batch of National Trainers Begins

The 2021 Census will be conducted through a mobile phone app, moving away from the traditional pen-and-paper format.

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The training of the first batch of the national trainers for Census 2021 began on Monday, 14 October, and those taking the course will train 1,800 master trainers across the country, the Home Ministry said.

The master trainers will impart training to 44,000 field trainers, who, in turn, provide training to 30 lakh supervisors and enumerators to be engaged in the massive exercise to count different aspects of India's billion plus population and run the entire process seamlessly.

The training for the first batch of the national trainers for the census commenced at National Statistical System Training Academy (NSSTA), Greater Noida, with Additional Registrar General of Census Operations Sanjay inaugurating the interactive training session, a Home Ministry statement said.

The training will continue from 14 October to 25 October.


Mobile Phone App for 2021 Census

The 2021 Census will be conducted through a mobile phone application, moving away from the traditional pen-and-paper format.

The Census will have its reference date as 1 March 2021, but for snow-bound Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand it will be 1 October 2020.

The Census is the primary source of data collection from every section of the society and continuing this decennial activity, the 16th Indian census is to be taken in 2021.

The training is a very important aspect of conducting the census successfully by ensuring seamless execution of Census 2021 in the field, the statement said.

At the apex level there will be 100 national trainers. The training of national trainers is scheduled from third to fifth week of October 2019. The national trainers are being trained on both Census and Trainer Development Skills (TDS) to further impart training to the next level, that is, master trainers.

About 1,800 master trainers will be deployed for Census 2021 and they will impart training to the field trainers.

The training of these master trainers will be held in 20 centres across the country in November-December 2019 and they will then train the field trainers.

About 44,000 field trainers would be trained to provide training to the field functionaries, that is, the enumerators and the supervisors.

The training of these field trainers will be held at the district level in January-February 2020.

They will further train about 30 lakh enumerators and their supervisors in March-June, 2020 at the sub-district level. These enumerators and supervisors will do house-to-house enumeration at designated places, the statement said.

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