In order to reduce the burden of the school bags, the Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research (Balbharti) has decided to launch an application.
This application has been developed in accordance with the Maharashtra state board syllabus, will allow students access/read textbooks on their mobiles.
Textbooks can be downloaded from ebalbharati.in
Textbooks will be published on ebalbharati.in in pdf format. The pdf e-books can be downloaded free of cost.
The app will be launched for Class 6 students in June before the new academic year begins, will feature the entire textbook content of all subjects. Audio-visual content will also be added to the versions later on.
The policy was aimed at reducing the weight of bags carried by students to school.
The government resolution (GR) on the school bag policy issued in June last year had stated that they will give students tabs, e-books and come up with semester-wise textbooks to reduce the weight of the students' bags.
With an aim to bring down the burden of school books of kids, last year the Maharashtra schools were directed to reduce the weight of school bags. The school education department in accordance with the expert recommendations has set the deadline to November 30 to reduce the weight.
According to the guidelines issued by the government, the weight of the bags for students of classes 1 to 8 is should be between 1,800 gm and 3,425 gm. Parents and schools were asked to ensure that the norms are followed.
Vaachan Prerna Diwas
Maharashtra government had also directed schools to celebrated Vaachan Prerna Diwas or 'Reading Day' to mark the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam's birth anniversary. It was celebrated as 'No School Bag Day' for all the students of classes 3 to 8.