Financial aid for free textbooks approved: Haryana Minister

Chandigarh, Aug 23: Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal informed that under the component ‘Free Text Books/Workbooks’, an amount of Rs 250 per student from class I to V and Rs 400 per student from class VI to VIII has been approved.

This amount will soon be transferred to the accounts of the students through the DBT system. For this, the process of verification of the bank accounts of students has been completed.

Responding to a Calling Attention Motion brought during the ongoing Monsoon Session of Vidhan Sabha on Monday, the Education Minister said that in the meeting of the High Powered Purchase Committee (HPPC) chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar held on June 12, 2021, it was decided that the amount for books per student should be transferred in the respective accounts of the students from class I to VIII.

It is pertinent to mention here that for the year 2021-22, a total amount of Rs 46 crore has been approved by the Central Government in the meeting of the Project Approval Board under the component ‘Free Text Books’.

The Minister apprised the House that the e-books of all classes and all subjects have been uploaded in the public domain on the official website of SCERT, Haryana, Gurugram.

He informed that due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, classes I to V are conducted online and are also being telecast through EDUSAT and are available on various television channels.

He said that as far as the availability of books for classes VI to VIII is concerned, the department adopts NCERT textbooks, which are also published by NCERT and are easily available in the open market.

In addition, in view of the National Education Policy, 2020, the process of developing a new National Curriculum Framework has been initiated, after which the syllabus is expected to change from next year. From the next academic session, new textbooks will be printed according to the new syllabus.

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