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TN to start book banks in schools to save trees

CHENNAI: In an effort to save bushes, the varsity education department has ordered all government and government-aided schools to begin book banks by way of amassing outdated books from scholars passing out this instructional year, so the books might be redistributed to scholars next year.

The Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation procures greater than 40,000 tonnes of paper annually to print greater than 8 crore textbooks for college kids in Classes I to XII. This means reducing down around 8 lakh bushes to make pulp for papers which might be printed on to be made into textbooks. As in line with the order from the National Green Tribunal, the dept had just lately issued the circular to all chief tutorial officers just lately directing them to begin book banks.

“The schools have begun amassing outdated books from scholars who had written exams this year. If the books are in just right condition and students go for them, then those books can be distributed to them,” an reputable from the varsity education department stated. The outdated books are not obligatory and unfastened.

The move would possibly not fetch fast effects as the government will issue revised textbooks for 8 categories within the next instructional year.

“We had revised the textbooks for Classes I, VI, IX and XI this instructional year. But, some minor corrections are required in those books. If the dept creates awareness among scholars about maintaining the surroundings, we are certain many scholars would come forward to make use of outdated books,” an reputable stated.

The Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation is making plans to procure 49,500 tonnes of paper to print new textbooks from Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited (TNPL) for the following instructional year (2019-20). The corporation had printed greater than 5.65 crore unfastened books and three.1 crore sale copies in 2018-19. The figure may pass up to nine.3 crore books for the following instructional year.

“In the past, the scholars would use outdated books. But, after the government’s determination to issue unfastened books the use of outdated books is sort of non-existent. The department issues unfastened books to more than one crore scholars annually,” stated R Elangovan, former director of college education.

“Creating this sort of environmental awareness among college scholars is a great move. If we explain the advantages to them, I'm certain many scholars would go for outdated books, which might save lakhs of bushes and assist in conservation efforts,” he added.

When contacted, officers stated college education secretary Pradeep Yadav took special pastime on this issue and directed all government and government-aided schools to create book banks. “It could also be prolonged to non-public schools within the coming years,” an reputable stated.

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