There were complaints from schools and parents that textbooks were not available on time and those from private publishers were expensive.
NCERT has been asked to make the books available by the last week of March for the 2017-18 academic session. Schools have been asked to state their demand online via CBSE's website by February 22. The board said it would monitor the annual subscription by schools.
The move to make National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) study materials mandatory for all Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools across the country is expected to standardise the curriculum across schools in the country .
The decision was taken at a review meeting chaired by Union minister for human resource development Prakash Javadekar.
It is a welcome relief for millions of parents forced by schools to purchase textbooks from private publishers, often at prices 300-600% higher than the NCERT books.
A senior HRD officials said NCERT has been directed to make all the textbooks available, in adequate numbers, through its 680 empanelled distribution vendors across the country by the last week of March, so that the April deadline for the 2017-18 academic session can be met.All the CBSE schools will have to raise their demand online on CBSE's website by February 22, 2017.
The MHRD decision comes after complaints about non-availability of NCERT books on schedule, and also by parents about schools selling expensive books by private publishers.