Changed syllabus, I PU students yet to get textbooks

PUC students and lecturers are in distress due to non-availability of textbooks, for first year arts and commerce stream.

The department of Pre-University Education has changed the syllabus to Central Board of Secondary Education. However, even after two months of commencing the academic year, textbooks have not reached the students and colleges.

When contacted, DDPU Swamy said, textbooks have not been supplied. “At present, political science, history and sociology textbooks have not reached.

In commerce, textbooks for economics, accountancy, business studies have not been supplied. Kannada, English and Computer Science textbooks have reached the students,” he said.

New scheme

A lecturer said, the government’s decision to introduce new scheme without preparing textbooks is the reason behind the delay in supply. “The tender for printing textbooks were handed over to a Hyderabad-based company only in the last week of April.

Normally, tender is issued in the first week of March. As a result, there is a delay in supply of textbooks,” said Swamy.

“Recently, a meeting was held in Bangalore and the authorities concerned have assured to supply textbooks by the end of July,” he added.

Normally, unit tests are held after three months. However, the delay in supply of textbooks will delay the conducting of tests for students.

Satellite-based training is imparted to teachers whenever a new curriculum is introduced. In view of the delay in supply of textbooks, the training will be held on July 17.

If lecturers are not given training, it will affect their teaching methodology, the lecturer said.
DH News Service

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