Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Within a month after the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) launched its portal for the sale of its books online, over 2.4 crore textbooks have been pre-booked by schools and students from across the country.
Taking into cognizance the problems being faced by students and parents due to shortage of books, the council had launched the portal last month for pre-booking and doorstep delivery of textbooks from the next academic session. Worth mentioning, the shortage of books was forcing parents to buy books at exorbitant prices from private publishers.
“We have so far received a requirement of over 2.4 crore copies for the academic session 2018-19. The portal is open till September 23 following which we will assess the total need for printing of textbooks,” PTI quoted NCERT Director, Hrushikesh Senapaty as saying.
Karnataka Board has so far placed an order for 37 lakh books while Arunachal Pradesh has requested for over 29 lakh books. Similarly, schools from Odisha have also ordered for the NCERT textbooks.
“The orders have been received from both private and government schools, state administrations and individuals,” said Senapaty.
Just like other e-tailer, the NCERT-launched portal has tracking facility for the ordered products.
Besides, NCERT is reportedly mulling to make available its books on e-commerce platforms like Flipkart and Amazon soon with an aim to streamline its online sale process further.
Note: NCERT textbooks can be pre-booked by directly visiting the official website of NCERT