Punjab to introduce e-text books for school children

March 1st, 2009 - 6:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Mohali (Punjab), March 1 (IANS) School students in Punjab can now access their textbooks online as the state education board will introduce e-books at least for some classes from the next academic session.
“We are going to launch digital textbooks from the next session. The books will be made available online and students can have access to them anytime, anywhere. This service will be available free of any charge,” Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) chairman D.S. Dhillon told IANS Sunday.

Initially textbooks only of Classes 8, 10 and 12 will be uploaded and gradually all the classes will be included in the scheme.

“With an aim to streamline our education system and to make it error free, we have introduced many steps like downloading of roll numbers, online submission of examination fees, examination forms and students can even post their complaints online,” Dhillon said.

“Our motive is to enhance children’s interest in computers and to make them more Internet savvy. This will also solve the problem of book shortages.”

Ashish Vashisht, biology teacher in a PSEB-affiliated school, said: “The PSEB is probably the first board in the country to introduce this step. It will certainly prove beneficial in the long run and we consider it as a first step towards reducing the burden of school bags.”

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