The Department of State Educational Research and Training (DSERT) has come up with a new solution to overcome the shortage of school textbooks which bothers the state department of public instructions every academic year.
The DSERT has decided to put all the textbooks from class 1 to 10 on its official website.
On a pilot basis, the department has already uploaded the class 10 textbooks.
Earlier this year, the department had tried to distribute books directly in a move to address complaints pertaining to shortage of textbooks.
“But the complaints continued. So, to avoid that and to help the students, we have decided to put textbooks online,” said an official from the DSERT.
The online textbooks can be downloaded by the students as well as the teachers.
“If students and teachers want any particular chapter in the book, they can download that part the entire textbook,” said DS Rajanna, director in-charge, DSERT.
“All the textbooks from class 1 to 9 will be uploaded soon. The response is good for class 10 books that we have already uploaded,” said Rajanna.
To start with, the textbooks will be available in Kannada and English medium for all the subjects. It will soon be extended to all the mediums.
To access the textbooks, one needs to select the particular medium, class and subject by visiting the official website of the DSERT, www.dsert.kar.nic.in
Those who use online textbooks can also send their comments through e-mail.
“If they find any errors in the books, they can also write to us. We had given all the contact details on the website,” said the official.
“Not just students and teachers from the state, this online system will also help teachers, educationists, researchers and organisations from other states to access state textbooks,” the official said.
Even the private school managements of the state are happy with the DSERT’s move.
D Shashikumar, organising secretary, Karnataka State Private Schools Management Federation said, “It is a good move. It will help students temporarily to access books if they don’t get them.”