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Bhubaneswar July 27: The non-availability of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks under CBSE curriculum in major bookstores of the twin cities has posed a major problem for students and parents.
It’s almost a month since schools reopened after summer vacations and students still continue to hunt for their textbooks.
“We have been functioning without many text books for over a month now. Some of us have manage to get the books from our seniors and some others get it from those selling old books,” said Binay Routray, a student of ODM Public School.
Himanshu Pati, the owner of Sagar Book Stores, said: “We were informed in March that this year we would not be facing any problems but we are still waiting for the arrival of the books.”
“For the last one month, I have been hitting stores for a geography book for my son who studies in Class VI. I was assured that it would be available soon,” said Pratap Sahoo, a parent.
NCERT books are preferred for their simplified text and cheap price.
“There is a shortage of many books but our students manage either by taking notes from other books available in our library or from photocopies,” said Bijay Kumar Nayak, headmaster of Venketeswar School.
“The concerned authorities who are to ensure the availability of textbooks in the market have requested school teachers not to force the children to get them at their earliest,” added Sahoo.
Fortunately, online textbooks for different classes are easily available and many students prefer downloading them.
“The problem lies in the demand-supply gap and also in the delay in arrival of the books to the school. Many of our students download the books in case they are not available,” said A Mishra, headmaster of DM School.
Bhubaneswar: Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS), a leading finance firm has proposed to set up educational complexes in the undivided Koraput, Balangir and Kalahandi districts.
In this connection, a high-level delegation of IL&FS met chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here on Wednesday. The schools will be set up in line with Delhi Public School (DPS) on public private partnership (PPP) mode. The firm has proposed to set up at least 200 such schools in the KBK region. The state government will take a decision on this very soon.
In a bid to impart quality education and improve the competency level of secondary level students in peripheral villages, Vedanta Aluminium Ltd (VAL) launched a unique programme, Vedanta Vidyarthi Vikash Yojana here at Hotel City Palace in Jharsuguda.
The programme will be implemented by NGO Anchalika Jana Kalyan Anusthan (AJKA) in the six peripheral villages of VAL viz Bhurkamunda, Banjari, Kurebaga, Bhagipalli, Maa Samaleswari Nagar and Brundamal wherein five supplementary and remedial teaching centres will be opened for the secondary school students and supplementary reading-writing materials will be provided to encourage self-learning process among them along with guidance on life skills and personality development.
Speaking on the occasion, Pankaj Khanna, Executive Director VAL, said, “VAL aims at enabling project-affected families of the core peripheral villages to access quality education in vernacular schools by facilitating their linkage with the standardised tutorial classes and fun learning methods named as ‘Vedanta Vidyarthi Vikas Yojana’ and success of this pilot project will further the implementation in the entire district.”
During the programme, deputy DI of Schools, Nandamani Toppo, executive director VAL, Pankaj Khanna, COO VAL, Abhijit Pati , secretary AJKA, Gautam Behera, Sarpanch Badmal, Tribikram Singh, secretary Anchalik Janmanch, Ratan Nayak, social worker Digdhan Pradhan and many students from peripheral villages, women, villagers and senior officials from VAL were present among others.
COO VAL Abhijit Pati said, “Vedanta is always there to come forward for improving the lives of the people.”