In a major boost to National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), schools and students from across the country have pre-booked 1.45 crore textbooks in less than a month.
Over 16 states and Union territories have also taken copyrights for NCERT textbooks to be distributed to the government schools in their respective regions. With the deadline for pre-booking in the first phase ending on Friday , the NCERT is extending the window for another 15 days, starting Saturday .
The council launched its online portal on August 9 to enable pre-booking and doorstep delivery of textbooks from the next academic session. Last year the council sold a total of 4.63 crore textbooks books. “Those who have booked in the first phase will get the order delivered first. Going by the trend we are expecting the demand to grow up to 13 crore textbooks this year,“ said Hrushikesh Senapaty , director, NCERT.
According to Senapaty , apart from schools, even individual students can order books online and the books will be delivered to their doorsteps. Senapaty told TOI that of the 1.45 crore, demand for 95 lakh textbooks came from government schools and 50 lakh from private schools.