India Education
Government questioned over non-availability of NCERT books
Apr 27, 2007 - 9:11:59 PM

New Delhi, April 27 - The Delhi High Court Friday issued notices to the central government and the National Council for Education, Research and Training - over the reported unavailability of text books of various subjects and classes.

Justice B.D. Ahmed issued notices to the NCERT and the Union Human Resource Development Ministry, asking them to file their replies by the next date of hearing May 8.

Counsel Sugriv Dubey and Namita Roy appearing for the father of two students submitted that the NCERT has so far published 7.6 million books against a requirement of 25 million books all over the country.

These books are required for the students studying between Classes 6 and 12 in various Central Board of Secondary Education --affiliated schools in the country.

Dubey alleged that History, Political Science and Mathematics books are yet to reach the market.

'For the last two years, the books were not made available upto July, due to connivance of the NCERT authorities with some of the private publishers. The shortage of books was created deliberately for unlawful gains, so that the students would purchase books of the private publishers available at exorbitant prices,' said the petition filed by Avdhesh Kumar Chaubey.

The books are so scarce that some of them are only available at the NCERT counter. Students are forced to purchase the books from the only counter standing in a long queue the whole day, alleged the petition.

It sought a court direction to the government and NCERT to make arrangements for publishing and supplying books before the academic sessions starts in April every year.

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