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The new NCERT textbooks for Classes I to VIII are going to be more expensive by up to 50%. The books for Classes IX to XII will also cost 15% to 20% more from the academic session 2012-13. Sources in the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) have said that to avoid any scarcity, more than 60% of the books will be sent by the end of March and made available to students by the first week of April.
According to the council, the demand for textbooks during the 2012-13 session will be around 3.5 crore. According to a senior official at the human resource development ministry, the decision to increase the price has been taken due to rising costs of printing, paper and other logistics. The council had to revise printing charges by around 50% after a gap of 13 years. NCERT is mandated to publish books for the schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and it decides on the print run of the books on the basis of the enrolment data. According to the National Curriculum Framework 2005, it was decided to keep the prices of the books for Classes I to VIII under Rs 30. The last increase in the price of textbooks took place in 2002. The council has increased the price to a maximum of Rs 45 per book for Classes I to VIII. For higher classes, the average price rise has been 15% to 20%. For example, the Hindi textbook (Kshitij) for Class IX will now cost Rs 40, up by Rs 5, and the biology textbook for Class XII Rs 140, up by Rs 15.
Courtesy: Times of India
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