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Indian govt starts ambitious programme to digitize all school textbooks

New Delhi, November 18 2014: The Indian  government   has started  a project to convert all books covered under school curricula into e-books, reports Business Standard.
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC)  is building the platform to host the e-books,  says Ram Sevak Sharma, secretary to the Department of eEectronics and Information Technology:  "The platform should be ready in a month and will be like an intelligent online marketplace, where suggestions for related books, etc, will be given." It provide to publishers the tools and technology for converting their books into e-books. There will be a payment gateway built in, to enable purchase of higher-end books, which will not be available for free download. The books will be shortlisted in coordination with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
"This project, along with others such as biometric attendance and e-greetings, are part of the priority projects under the Digital India initiative,"   BS quotes Sharma ( full article here).