Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has directed to supply free textbooks to schools managed by Bharatiya Siksha Vikash Sansthan in the state, official sources said today.
School and Mass Education Secretary Ranjana Chopra has written to Textbook Bureau of Publication & Marketing to supply free books to students of Class I to VIII studying in institutions managed by the educational charitable trust.
“Bharatiya Siksha Vikash Sansthan is admitting the students of different castes, creeds and religions on poverty-cum-merit basis and imparting education in Odia medium. Government have been pleased to decide that free textbooks will also be provided to students of class-I to VIII of recognised schools managed by the Sansthan, Odisha for the time being to promote teaching of Odia and also to ensure quality education,” Chopra wrote.
You are, therefore requested to supply free textbooks to the students of class-I to VIII of recognized schools managed by Bharatiya Siksha Vikash Sansthan (BSVS), Odisha at the earliest, she added.
Informing this to media, School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra said: “The government has decided to provide free textbooks to students of Bharatiya Siksha Vikash Sansthan from Class I to VIII free of cost. We will supply books to the schools whatever is available with us.”
Worth mentioning, there are as many as 1037 such schools in the state and n estimated 2 lakh students are likely to be benefited from this move.
Notably, the Trust runs Saraswati Sishu Mandir schools across the state.
The District Education Officers have been assigned to look into the distribution of free courseware.