HRD Minister announces Free Online Availability of All CBSE Books


Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani today announced that all CBSE books and learning materials will be made available online for easy access to students. The initiative will be a part of the good governance efforts. The NCERT textbooks are already available online for free. Initiatives would also be undertaken to ensure holistic nurturing and improve learning outcomes. She was speaking at an inaugural function at a Kendriya Vidyalaya in East Delhi.

The Minister has asked her department’s officials to conduct Baal Sabhas or Child Conventions in schools, while responding to Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s proposal that endeavors should be made to ensure that children not only excel professionally but also become good human beings. The conventions will feature better interaction between children and experts from various fields, which would help the students in becoming better citizens.

The Central government will also launch Shaala Darpan AND Saaransh services for students from class I to class XII, in all Kendriya Vidyalayas from the next academic year onwards. While the Shaala Darpan program is aimed at informing parents about their children’s attendance through SMSes, Saaransh will help parents to compare the subject wise learning outcomes of their wards, with children from other district, state and national levels.

The Deputy CM while addressing the function stressed on the role of education in kids’ lives. He said there is a need to check whether they are doing better than yesterday. “The focus should be that if a child gets out of educational institutes 20 years later, he/she should pass out as a sensible person,” he said.

“When we read in newspapers about communal violence, rapes somewhere, then we feel we fell short somewhere. Hence, we will have to take responsibility. A person is giving us 20 years of his/her life”, he added while urging schools to take up the responsibility of making students grow into better citizens.