10 years on, NCERT up­dates its books; DeMon, GST in syl­labus

Swach­hta, Beti Bachao Also Part Of Text

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Manash.Go­hain @times­group.com Facts and fig­ures GST and de­mon­eti­sa­tion

New Delhi: The next Cen­sus is a lit­tle more than three years away but NCERT’s so­cial sci­ence text­book for class 8 still quotes lit­er­acy data from 2001 and the avail­abil­ity of hous­ing, elec­tric­ity and piped wa­ter from 1994. Its fore­word bears the date Novem­ber 30, 2007, and the book has been in print for 10 years with­out changes.

Come April, that will change as Na­tional Coun­cil of Ed­u­ca­tional Re­search and Train­ing is updating all 182 of its text­books. The chap­ters brought up to date New top­ics like in­tro­duced will be brought up to date and new de­vel­op­ments like GST will be in­cluded. Al­to­gether, NCERT has made 1,334 changes at an aver­age rate of seven changes per book.

NCERT di­rec­tor Hrushikesh Se­na­p­aty told TOI the texts will be ready within a month and sent for print­ing im­me­di­ately there­after. They will be de­liv­ered to schools and in­di­vid­u­als by March, be­fore the start of the new aca­demic ses­sion in April 2018. “Any stu­dent or any in­di­vid­ual can place or­ders and we have started re­ceiv­ing or­ders. The books will be de­liv­ered via post as they need to be de­liv­ered to re­mote ar­eas as well.”

The changes to the texts in­clude up­dates, cor­rec­tions and ad­di­tions.

The up­dates will take care of old sta­tis­tics, eco­nomic data, etc, while the ad­di­tions will in­tro­duce top­ics like de­mon­eti­sa­tion, Beti Bachao Beti Pad­hao and Swach­hta. How­ever, more than half of the changes in­volve cor­rec­tion of spell­ing er­rors and sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of lan­guage. “Qual­ity-wise also, we use 80gsm (grams per square me­tre) pa­per, which is higher than pri­vate and other state pub­lish­ers,” said Se­na­p­aty.

The Coun­cil has al­ready got or­ders for more than 2 crore books on its web­site for next year, as against a to­tal print run of 4.63 crore books for the 2017 ses­sion. Se­na­p­aty said they an­tic­i­pate a much higher de­mand: “As­sum­ing all the CBSE schools go for the books, we ex­pect a de­mand of ap­prox­i­mately 13 crore this year.”

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