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Order NCERT books online from August 9, get them home-delivered

The new portal will help parents save money usually spent on sourcing books from private publishers, often on account of non-availability of the NCERT books.

education Updated: Aug 05, 2017 09:26 IST
Neelam Pandey
Neelam Pandey
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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NCERT has developed an online portal that will allow schools and students to buy textbooks directly from it. (File Photo)

Come August 9 and you will be able to order NCERT books online, just as in Flipkart or Amazon, and get it by post.

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is launching a portal that will allow parents and schools across the country to place textbook orders directly with the body.

The move will help parents save money spent on sourcing expensive books from private publishers, often due to non-availability of the NCERT books.

Sources said the NCERT is also exploring the option of having Flipkart and Amazon host its books and deliver them too, to streamline the process further. “Talks are on and a final decision will be taken soon,” said a source.

E-commerce sites, which deliver general books free of cost, levy steep delivery charges on NCERT books.

HT had first reported about the NCERT online portal on June 11.

“The portal will be launched on August 9 and schools as well as individuals will be able to place order for books online and it will be delivered to them,” NCERT director Hrushikesh Senapathy told HT.

The portal will have tracking of deliver and online payment facilities for individuals.

Schools can place the order first and pay later. They will have the option of getting the books delivered through authorised vendors or collect it from authorised centres.

“We are hoping that schools will give us the estimate of the number of books that are required for next year so that they are available much before time,” said a senior HRD official.

Sources said schools will be given at least a month’s time to upload their requirement.

NCERT publishes 364 textbook titles in Hindi, English and Urdu annually. It prints books are delivered through 680 authorised vendors across the country. Officials said they are increasing the number of vendors and printers too.

Sources said approximately 42.5 million books are used by CBSE affiliated schools, including Kendriya Vidyalayas, and the number could go up to 130 million.

The portal will also help NCERT assess the total number of books it needs to publish.

Parents have in the past complained to the human resource development (HRD) ministry about schools forcing expensive books on them.

The price of private publishers’ books, often recommended by schools due to the shortage of NCERT books, is four to five times higher than the NCERT textbooks officials said.

Officials also said that so far NCERT used to do the exercise on its own rather than ask schools to provide them the information.

First Published: Aug 04, 2017 11:41 IST