Shastry V.Mallady

MADURAI: Free textbooks being supplied by the State government to school students are being delivered to the schools through the Department of Posts.

The Department of School Education has roped in India Post to undertake distribution of textbooks to government and aided schools in all districts. Cost incurred by the Postal Department will be borne by the Education Department.

K. Devarajan, Director of Elementary Education, told The Hindu on Saturday that this was the first time that textbooks were being delivered through the Postal Department. “This is a massive exercise for both departments. It will be easy for schools as they get them at their doorstep.”

Textbook godowns

According to Mr. Devarajan, the Postal Department has been delivering textbooks to schools with the assistance of education officials in districts and half of the work has been completed. The stocks of free textbooks are first sent to the Tamil Nadu Textbook Corporation godowns in the State and from there the postal staff collect them for delivery. “The books have to be supplied to about 55,000 schools and it is being done in phases. Already, several schools have received them,” the Director of Elementary Education said.

The new method would be easy for school headmasters too. Otherwise they had to collect the textbooks from a common point and bear the transportation cost, he pointed out. Mr. Devarajan said the distribution work was being monitored closely. In places where some problems cropped up, they were being sorted out.

‘Process smooth'

R. Pandurangan, Joint Director, Directorate of Teacher Education, Research and Training, Chennai, who is the nodal officer for textbook distribution in Madurai/Sivaganga districts, said that the process was going on smoothly.