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New Delhi: In a function, on Saturday, HRD minister Smriti Irani said that all CBSE books will be made available online free of cost. This she said was an extension of the government’s good governance doctrine.

This action follows a previous move made to make all NCERT textbooks available for free online and also downloadable through a mobile application.

“We made NCERT books available online for free through e-books and mobile applications a month-and-a-half ago. We will similarly make CBSE books available online along with additional learning material and videos as part of our good governance efforts,” Irani said at a function at a Kendriya Vidyalaya here.

Moreover, the online textbooks will be in readable formats akin to the popular e-book readers like Amazon Kindle.

The HRD minister also announced that her ministry will organise baal sabhas (children’s conventions) for closer interaction between professionals from various fields.

“These conventions will feature interactions between children and professionals from various fields to help the former grow into good human beings,” she said.

She also announced the launching two services to aid the parents to keep track of their children’s performance. The ‘Shaala Darpan’ service will reflect the students’ attendance, timetable and marks in examinations; while the ‘Saransh’ service will allow parents to compare subject-wise outcomes of their wards with others at the district, state and national levels. (image courtesy: youthkiawaaz)

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CBSE Over Errors In NEET Question Paper Summoned By Madras High Court

The judges had also criticised the CBSE

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CBSE Over NEET Question Paper Errors Summoned By Madras High Court
CBSE Over NEET Question Paper Errors Summoned By Madras High Court. Flickr

The Madras High Court Bench here today came down heavily on the CBSE observing that it was being autocratic in the matter related to errors in the Tamil version of this year’s National Eligibility cum Entrance Test.

A bench of justices C T Selvam and A M Basheer Ahamed made the observation while hearing a public interest litigation filed by CPI-M leader T K Rangarajan, seeking award of full marks for 49 ‘erroneous’ questions in the Tamil version of the NEET.

It said that despite knowing that a PIL on the matter was filed and it was due for hearing, the CBSE had released the results.

“Why did they do so?”, the court asked.

Referring to the CBSE’s submission, the bench said, “How do you decide the right answers for the questions based on majority view? CBSE is accepting even wrong answers under the pretext of majority decision. How is that in Bihar state so many students got through the examination?” it asked.

Later, it adjourned the hearing on the PIL without mentioning any date.

The petitioner has submitted that key words in the Tamil questions were wrongly translated from English and this caused confusion for the students.

In the previous hearing, the court had asked the CBSE to file an affidavit stating among others on whether any exercise was undertaken to ascertain which of the English words in the syllabi for science subjects were incapable of being reproduced in an equivalent word in Tamil.

Madras High court, walk in room
Madras High court, walk in room. flickr

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The judges had also criticised the CBSE saying that the mistakes in the question paper were not mere ambiguity. (IANS)