The Education system in our country is mostly regulated by the two major Educational bodies- the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Indian Certification for Secondary Education (ICSE) apart from the state-owned educational boards. The syllabus of all of them are more or less similar, but the books they prescribe for all the classes are usually different.
Earlier this year, the Human Resource Development Minister, Mr. Prakash Javadekar announced that all the CBSE affiliated schools throughout the nation would have to use the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks for all the classes from the 2017-18 academic session onwards. This move was taken to standardize the study materials in the schools across the country. The decision was made after many parents complained about being forced to purchase costlier books published by private publishers. They advocated the inclusion of NCERT books which are cheaper than the ones made available by the private publishers.
The Human Resource Development Minister had directed the schools to raise the demands for NCERT books between March 25 and March 22, 2017, which will be met by 680 distribution vendors across the country.
Though the clear directions have been given, there might be instances where a student could not get hold of the required books when the session has already been started. This can affect the studies adversely as without books he won’t be able to catch up with the flow of the ongoing class. The National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) understands the various problems students faces every year and hence made the e-version of all the books available on its official website.
The student or the parents can access the website using the following link. They will be directed to NCERT textbooks page.
- Next, they need to select from the drop down menu, the standard for which they want to download the book from the class list of I to XII, the subject of the book required and the title of the book they are searching for. The concerned student or the parents can also download the syllabus for that particular standard.
- After selecting the necessary fields, the person needs to click on the ‘Go’ button, which would redirect them to a new page.
Here they are provided with the two options.
- If the students wishes to access the desired book in the Flipbook format, they are just required to click on the following link http://epathshala.nic.in/e-pathshala-4/flipbook/
- Additionally, the students can also access the books in the EPUB format from their cellphones. They would need to download the e-pathshala app which is supported by all the three Operating System Platform i.e. Android, Windows, and iOS.
- The platforms are listed in bullet form. The students can click on the respective platform which is supported by their mobile phones to download the e-pathshala application on their cellphones. The application is available free of cost to help students and parents access the books without spending a penny.
The move is of great aid to students as most of the times there are shortages of the NCERT books. A student might have to wait for the books for months together or have to rely on the Xerox copy taken from their friends or classmates. Both the students and the parents feel harassed searching for the book from one bookstore to another. Sometimes these books are sold at the prices above the original rate. Having a software copy of the same not only helps them to be in sync with the class, but it also helps a financially poor student to have the book free of cost.
You can read more on Toppr’s website for assistance regarding downloading NCERT books in Hindi.