CBSE books to be made available online for free: Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani said that initiatives would be undertaken to ensure holistic nurturing and improve learning outcomes at these schools.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: February 26, 2016 6:10 pm
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All CBSE books and learning material will be made available online for free as part of the Centre’s good governance efforts, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said here today.

At a function organised at a Kendriya Vidyalaya in east Delhi, she also said that initiatives would be undertaken to ensure holistic nurturing and improve learning outcomes at these schools. “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,” Irani said at the inauguration of a new building of the school in Khichripur.

Responding to the call by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia at the function that endeavours be made to ensure that children not only excel professionally but also become good human beings, Irani asked her ministry’s officials to organise ‘Baal Sabha’ (Child Conventions).

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These conventions will feature interactions between children and professionals from fields including defence to help the former grow into “good human beings”. Irani also reiterated that the Centre will launch ‘Shaala Darpan’ and ‘Saransh’ services (for Class I to Class XII students) in Kendriya Vidyalayas in the next academic year.

The ‘Shaala Darpan’ service is aimed at using SMSes to keep parents informed about their wards’ attendance, time table and marks in exams while ‘Saransh’ will help parents compare the subject-wise learning outcomes of their children, with others at the district, state and national levels.

Earlier, addressing the function, Sisodia stressed on the role of education in the lives of children. “You need to check whether you are doing better than yesterday. Are we behaving better than yesterday. The focus should be that if a child gets out of educational institutes 20 years later, he/she should pass out as a sensible person,” he said.

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The AAP leader urged schools to take the responsibility of turning children into good human beings. “When we read in newspapers about communal violence, rapes somewhere, then we feel we fell short somewhere. Hence, we will have to take responsibility. A person is giving us 20 years of his/her life.

“So, we will have to ensure we impress on him/her that it is equally important to be a good human being as to be a good engineer or other professional,” he said. East Delhi MP Maheish Girri also addressed the event, which was attended by senior HRD officials and local public representatives.

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    Ekta
    Feb 24, 2016 at 9:28 am
    A good initiative
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      Sriprakash kanoi
      Feb 26, 2016 at 1:10 am
      We all Indian must support our elected Government under the Guidance of our PM Sri Modiji for developing the country's all areas without any putting obstacles to expedite the progress. Jai Hind.
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        DHURINDER
        Feb 27, 2016 at 10:36 pm
        Excellent steps!
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          Biswajit
          Feb 26, 2016 at 10:27 am
          NCERT Books are available online as far as I have downloaded For last 3 years when my daughters were studying in cl XI. I appreciate this effort of bringing all books ( hopefully) of all publishers to this free platform. It will also be good to provide free and good internet and computer to download these books. Otherwise financially weaker students will end up spending more money in getting these text books. NCERT has also published some audio session for different cles. These need to be upgades
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            Santosh
            Feb 26, 2016 at 9:33 am
            Thank u Smritiji didi, and look for some more, brave decisions from you...Best wishes ..JAI HIND!!
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              AA
              Mar 8, 2016 at 6:04 pm
              nice and superb idea especially for the one who can not get book easily.
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                akshay
                Feb 25, 2016 at 7:21 pm
                Well I must say that before her declarations of making books available in e format on 25 Feb 2016.......I have downloaded many of it..... Ma'am kindly see through this...why ncert did not wait for your announcement...... I am a big fan of you.....but such irresponsibility in your statement while being under; sorry, over the office HRD ministry..... Please stop giving such statements......and do find time to rectify me if you think m wrong
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                  Subalaxmi
                  Feb 23, 2016 at 3:47 pm
                  Thanx a lot,, but need a proper guidance to use e books,, many people don't know how to tke e books,,,
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                    Meet Ankur
                    Feb 24, 2016 at 8:33 am
                    Good work smriti ji, but sub K pas computer aur internet nhi hote is liye side book mile to Achary. But 65 sal ME kuch nhi kiya ise accha hai
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                      badrulv
                      Feb 26, 2016 at 4:12 pm
                      Just getting books on line is fine ,, what would be better is the child should become educated and learn , rather than just find a subsute for the printed-matter. We need to go back and revisit the content and make it more interesting and relevant for today and adjust and incorp for the future. How about make the online material be rich audio-video as well, and beyond that interactive. e.g: Teaching about say telex is not relevant and useless
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                        badrulv
                        Feb 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm
                        Just getting books on line is fine ,, what would be better is the child should become educated and learn , rather than just find a subsute for the printed-matter. We need to go back and revisit the content and make it more interesting and relevant for today and adjust and incorp for the future. How about make the online material be rich audio-video as well, and beyond that interactive. e.g: Teaching about say telex is not relevant and useless
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                          Bikki Ana
                          Feb 26, 2016 at 11:04 am
                          ye.. NCERT Books are available from the last 4.5 years...
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                            Chris
                            Jan 28, 2016 at 7:45 am
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                              mahadev
                              Feb 22, 2016 at 5:17 pm
                              CBSE school already take a huge amount of fees....which includes learning material some of What this e book will give change... Will they reduce fees.... i don't think they will reduce fees. E book is good E book will be reached only who can use the internet on computer, mobile and tablet. But what about peoples who don't have all this ( middle cl and poor family). These people have to pay and take learning material
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                                mahadev
                                Feb 22, 2016 at 5:08 pm
                                One who can't take e-books...what shall those students do.? I mean parents who can't take internet or who can't buy products to read the e book There are lot of family's in india they don't know
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                                  Dinesh Kumar
                                  Feb 25, 2016 at 9:41 am
                                  Very good
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                                    Dinesh
                                    Feb 25, 2016 at 8:19 am
                                    But who will buy computer for poor kids and also what about the internet accessibility to poor children. People who can afford these two already has lot of options available for them .
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                                      Bhagavat Upadhyaya
                                      Feb 23, 2016 at 2:38 pm
                                      This is really a very good step. This can reduce the costing of education. If study the costing of education, from the view point of a common man, many more improvements can be done and real talent can be given opportunity to develop. God bless you..
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                                        HSC Admin
                                        Feb 24, 2016 at 8:56 am
                                        Looks like the site name got removed automatically. The site name is HSC . CO . IN
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                                          HSC Admin
                                          Feb 24, 2016 at 8:53 am
                                          We are trying to do the same for HSC students on Anyway we can collaborate with the government on it?
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                                            Madhu babu
                                            Feb 26, 2016 at 6:16 am
                                            Thank you to madam smriti irani this will help so many poor people
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