1. Delhi HC seeks Centre, CBSE reply on plea over textbooks in schools

Delhi HC seeks Centre, CBSE reply on plea over textbooks in schools

The Delhi High Court has sought response of the Centre on a plea seeking quashing of a CBSE circular allegedly forcing schools to prescribe text books printed by printers empanelled with the NCERT only.

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 15, 2017 5:38 PM
The plea alleged that certain printers in the panel of NCERT had “conspired” to create a monopoly in matters of publication of books. (PTI)

The Delhi High Court has sought response of the Centre on a plea seeking quashing of a CBSE circular allegedly forcing schools to prescribe text books printed by printers empanelled with the NCERT only. Justice A K Pathak issued notice to the Ministry of Human Resource and Development and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and sought their replies on the petition filed by Independent Schools Federation of India.

The plea alleged that certain printers in the panel of NCERT had “conspired” to create a monopoly in matters of publication of books. The petition filed by advocate Ravi Prakash Gupta said the CBSE had in a April 1 circular, issued direction to the affiliated schools to prescribe books only of those publishers which were in the panel of NCERT.

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The plea said this would “jeopardise innovation” in the making of the textbooks. “Giving sole responsibility to NCERT textbooks for its prescriptions in schools, will not only monopolise textbook preparation in the country but shall also jeopardise the innovation associated in the making of textbooks.

“Recently, through a circular issued by CBSE, schools are forced to prescribe text books printed only by printers empanelled with the NCERT. This is totally against Rule 15(1) (d) of Affiliation Bye-laws as per which the schools will follow the text books published by NCERT for the Middle Classes as far as practical,” it said.

It further said that NCERT neither has the mandate of publishing school textbooks, nor can it manage ensuring timely preparation and publication or textbooks in all subjects in the entire spectrum of school education, adding that the NCERT has more focused role in research and training.

The plea also claimed that the “text books prepared and published by private schools from other publishers are composed by renowned writers having vast experience in the field of teaching. These writers are far-far better than those recruited by NCERT for composing text books,” it said.

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    Rohit
    May 17, 2017 at 1:26 am
    This government is showing that they are doing some exceptional dictatorship work in anti democratic way . Here CBSE and NCERT both concerned with government.where is the say of private publishing industry. They don't have rights??????? It's like government's court , procecution and defence lawyer too of government and judgements too in favour of government. BIG BIG ANTIDEMOCRACY And look at poor common parents they don't care how government is doing , they care about their own interest. This is what we called human nature. They don't dont know some people earn their bread from this sector LOL!. BIG BIG ANTI DEMOCRACY As we have seen in past governments doing privatisation of PSUs for better performance. But this government is exceptional, instead of making any regulatory authority for a private sector publishing industry it simply putting w sector in grave that too in absence of any law and people LOL! I say BIG BIG ANTI DEMOCRACY.
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      Rohan
      May 16, 2017 at 3:13 pm
      Yes, I totally agree that NCERT should not be forced. Its a democratic country and schools n educators are free to decide what is best for their students. Morever in this age of cut throat compe ion every school wants to give the best to their students . Pvt pub books are colourful, attractive and innovative . When the world is moving towards privatisation, we are asking the schools to follow age old NCERT books which although content wise is no doubt good but looks very stale and boring, fai to arouse any interest in the students. It is 21st century and this decsion should be left with the educators what to do and what not. Govt on the othet hand should fix a cap on max price of the book to keep the cost reasonable for the parent.
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        PARTHA
        May 16, 2017 at 10:39 am
        This is mere nonsense ,this is a Democratic country ,not gundacracy Students and teachers have every right to select the best books. Let govt improve the standard of govt schools they should not pork their nose in self finance school.
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          Ritesh Srivastava
          May 16, 2017 at 9:35 am
          It's good and one more thing I added that govt. Only focused on NCERT BOOKS which was not available in the market every year , govt. Says that they revised the NCERT BOOKS then what they shall not increased price . We the private Publishers every year revised addition of our books , ? Is NCERT or CBSE do as private Publishers. This is the way to profit only one company RELIANCE INDUSTRY, WHICH has his eyes on the 60000 crore business . If they are having only 1 rupee profit on printing NCERT BOOKS in first year that company profit is 60000 crore.
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            sanjeev
            May 16, 2017 at 9:00 am
            That's true! Can somebody be made accountable in case the books does not available with NCERT before the commencement of children academic session, as it's happens? Merely passing the guidelines causing lot of hardship to kids and indirectly effect their career growth Moreover students are deprived of latest activities which are being upgraded thoroughly by the non NCERT books producers . Better to make system first rather than imosing such kind of farmaan by NCERT.
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