Sunday, December 20, 2015

All CBSE books and learning material will be made available online for free- HRD MINISTER

CBSE books to be made available online for free
UdayavaniEnglish.com, Dec 19, 2015, 5:30 PM IST
New Delhi : 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).
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.
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.