The text books of the UP government-run schools are being made available online by The State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) on its official website, which is www.scertup.co.in. Students and teachers can download these e-books on their smartphones for free. Currently there are 105 textbooks are prescribed by the UP government schools out of which 25 are available in the e-book format.
Not only this, but for the benefits of visually-impaired there is also a provision of the audio option where they can click on the audio button to listen to the text of the book.
"We have started the process of going digital with our books. In government schools, students come from underprivileged families. As some of the telecom operators are giving data virtually free, we think those who have mobile phones will benefit from it," said Director of basic education, Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh.
He also said that the officials have been directed to go through the content of the textbooks and if they find anything wrong then the correction must be done at the earliest.
In the state there are 1,13,247 primary schools, 45,590 upper primary schools, 4,94,940 teachers and 1.62 crore students and printing books for this large number of students often taken time. The printing work is however on but only some books will reach the students when schools open on July 1.
Prof Rakesh Chandra of Lucknow University who has worked with government schools in the past said, "Often printing of such a large volume of books gets delayed. By the time the book reaches the students, a couple of months get wasted. As books will be available online, teachers will be able to take classes and teach students".