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Meghalaya Govt to seek NCERT copyright for textbook adaptation in Classes I to X in next academic session: Edu Min

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Shillong, Nov 21: The Meghalaya government will soon write to the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) requesting copyright permission to adapt its textbooks for classes I to X in the next academic session.

Education Minister Rakkam A Sangma said, “We have decided to immediately write to the NCERT for copyright permission.”

He said the government of Meghalaya had recently decided to adapt the NCERT textbooks for classes I to X. Earlier, the government had done the same for classes XI and XII since 2018.

“The follow up meeting was held today because before the next session starts we have to be ready with the textbooks to be made available in the mid of February and before the start of the academic session,” Sangma said. He said, “Once we get the copyright, we will constitute a due process and we will go for printing (of the textbooks).”

Further, the education minister also informed that the department is also forming a scrutiny committee.

“The committee will scrutinize with our subject experts of the existing NCERT textbooks where there is any portion or any chapter which does not suit the state environment. All these will be scrutinized so we are setting up the committee,” he said.

Stating that the government is working hard to come up with the state curriculum framework at the earliest, Sangma said, “(This will enable us to) to have a comprehensive curriculum in the syllabus. Once we are ready with the state curriculum framework, the MBOSE, DERT and education department will develop textbooks, the contextualisation and addition/deletion here and there which will suit the state environment. We are not going to completely implement the NCERT textbooks but our local content will be added. Once we get the copyright permission from the NCERT, we will immediately process the thing because the academic session is very important.”

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