The move will help parents save money spent on sourcing expensive books from private publishers, often due to non-availability of the NCERT books. There is a possibility of exploring the option of having Flipkart and Amazon host its books and deliver them too, to streamline the process further.
E-commerce sites, which deliver general books free of cost, levy steep delivery charges on NCERT books. One will be able to track the delivery and online payment facilities will be available. Orders can first be made and the payment can be made later. They will have the option of getting the books delivered through authorised vendors or collect it from authorised centres.
"We are hoping that schools will give us the estimate of the number of books that are required for next year so that they are available much before time"...An HRD official said. The schools will have at least a month's time to upload their requirement.
NCERT publishes 364 textbook titles in Hindi, English and Urdu annually. It prints books are delivered through 680 authorised vendors across the country. Officials said they are increasing the number of vendors and printers too. Sources said approximately 42.5 million books are used by CBSE affiliated schools, including Kendriya Vidyalayas, and the number could go up to 130 million.