14 May 2006 # IANS, Ranchi:
Jharkhand will request the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for copyright to publish history textbooks to overcome their acute shortage.
The state students are at the receiving end because of an ideological tussle between the union and state governments over teaching history prescribed by NCERT.
Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Pradeep Yadav Saturday met senior officials of the department where it was decided to again request the NCERT to approve its copyright demand for the sake of the suffering students.
"We are going to request NCERT citing the future of students," said an official of HRD. "The state cannot come out with alternative books as it will create lots of problem for the students."
The state faces acute shortage of NCERT books for its board students and the disparity between demand and supply is alarmingly big.
According to government officials, the NCERT agreed to the proposal of the state HRD but the central HRD ministry imposed conditions before giving the copyright.
"If you want to teach the history prescribed in NCERT, only then the copyright will be issued for the current academic year," a letter from the union ministry said.
A state official said: "Due to political reasons Jharkhand had banned the history books of NCERT in 2005-06 despite adopting its syllabus four years ago. The state was teaching the history book which was introduced during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government."
If not accepted by the state government, the union HRD ministry condition will affect the study of four million students from Class I to XII.