Union Minister of Human Resource Department, Smriti Irani has announced that henceforth, all books under CBSE curriculum would be freely available for students. The announcement came in after a month of making all NCERT books free for online access under ‘e-Pathshala’ program.
During an event at Kendriya Vidyalaya in East Delhi, Minister Smriti Irani said, “We made NCERT books available online for free through e-books and mobile applications a month-and-a-half ago. We are similarly going to make CBSE books available online along with additional learning material and videos as part of our good governance efforts.”
This move has been made under the Digital India initiative with a motive to relieve students, especially from the economically backward section of the society, from spending on books.
She further announced that the Centre will launch two special programs for Kendriya Vidyalayas in the next academic year, especially created for Class 1 to Class 12 students: ‘Shaala Darpan’ and ‘Saransh’.
Under ‘Shaala Darpan’, parents will be informed via SMS about their child’s attendance status, marks and time table of the day. While ‘Saransh’ (English: Summary) will assist the parents in comparing their child’s marks with other students at the regional, city, state and national level.
Moreover, she emphasized in her speech, on the overall development of students which would culminate into the development of the society as a whole.