NCERT launches web portal to enable online orders for textbooks
Schools can place their orders for the session 2018-19 by entering their respective Boards’ affiliation numbers and other details till 8 September 2017.
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) on 9 August 2017 launched a web portal that will enable schools and individuals to place orders for their books online. The NCERT’s portal was launched by Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha in New Delhi.
The portal will ensure better distribution of textbooks across the country. The Web Portal can be accessed at www.ncertbooks.ncert.gov.in.
Key facts about the Portal www.ncertbooks.ncert.gov.in
• It will also address the apprehensions, on the part of schools and parents, regarding the unavailability of NCERT textbooks.
• The schools will be able to log on to the portal, by entering their respective Boards’ affiliation numbers and other details, till 8 September 2017 for placing their orders for the session 2018-19.
• At the time of placing the orders, the schools are not required to make the payment; the payment can be made just before the supply.
• The schools will also have the option of directly procuring textbooks either from their nearest NCERT vendors or from the Regional Production-cum-Distribution Centres (RPDCs) of the NCERT’s located at Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Guwahati, and Bengaluru.
An official release said, very soon the portal will also be opened to the individual buyers.
It says that the individual buyers can place their orders by login in onto the portal, and books will be delivered at their doorsteps with nominal postal charges. The NCERT textbooks can also be downloaded, free of cost, from its website www.ncert.nic.in.
One can access the digital versions of NCERT’s textbook by logging onto ‘epathshala’ or through mobile applications. NCERT also gives copyrights to different States/Union Territories for printing of its textbooks. Fifteen States and UTs have been given copyright for the session 2017-18.
The portal will also enable the buyers to track the status of their respective orders placed with NCERT.