Tamil Nadu Textbook Corporation to add 44 textbooks to its online database
Plans to make website more interactive
The Tamil Nadu Textbook Corporation will add 44 textbooks to its online database over the next three months.
The Corporation is also keen on making the website more interactive, as per suggestions received from School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu.
Speaking to The Hindu, Hemant Kumar Sinha, chairman and managing director of the Corporation, said the response to the virtual editions of the textbooks was very encouraging.
The website www.textbooksonline.tn.nic.in has had over 3 lakh visitors since its launch in September 2007.
While the School Education Department, through the Corporation, compiled the content, the Tamil Nadu chapter of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) helped design the website.
“The feedback section on the website has very interesting comments from browsers all over the world. Many say the website is very user-friendly,” Mr. Sinha said.
So far, 348 textbooks of Classes I to XII are available online and 44 will be added soon. These include three textbooks for students of the Class X Matriculation stream, nine for those of the Class X Anglo Indian stream, 14 textbooks on environmental education for Classes VI to XII and eleven, on teacher education.
The remaining textbooks of the Plus Two vocational stream would be added after the syllabus revision that is in progress. “We also plan to make it more interactive by enabling teachers and students to share supplementary material that could enhance the teaching and learning process,” he added.
This year, the Corporation made available nearly seven crore textbooks 45 days ahead of the scheduled date. The distribution was completed ahead of schedule to ensure no child was made to wait for his or her textbooks. Textbooks are supplied free of cost to nearly 50,000 students from Class I to XII.
From the next academic year, besides setting an earlier date as the deadline for production and distribution, the Corporation is also considering taking up the last mile distribution of textbooks.
So far, the last mile was left to District Education Officers, who would coordinate with eligible schools in their respective district.
“This may prove to be a little challenging logistically. It would mean that schools would have to allocate one room for safe storage of books as and when we despatch them,” Mr. Sinha added.