On Sunday, a unique “virtual” book fair was organized for public schools in the nation’s capital. The book fair, opened by Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia via video conference, allows public schools in the city to select books for their online libraries.
The government has allocated Rs 9 crore to 1,031 schools for the purchase of books this year, Sisodia said. Up to 8,000 books and titles from a panel of more than 220 publishers will be on display at the book fair until December 1.
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“This is the first time in the country that all schools in a state are participating together in such a virtual book fair. Books play an important role in the overall development of children. Realizing its importance, the Delhi government has made very significant changes in the Delhi public school libraries in four to five years, “Sisodia said in a statement.
The online module of this program has been designed in such a way that all teachers and students can take a virtual tour by visiting the Department of Education (DoE) website. For library stock, a review committee decides whether the books are worth buying and whether or not they are useful to the library.
“Schools and students can also submit their suggestions for books of their choice on the website. The objective of this program is to ensure active participation in various academic activities, especially in the selection of books for schools for their libraries, ”added Sisodia.
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