Delhi government has instructed all the government and government aided schools to establish Book Banks by collecting old books of previous academic session from students who agree to give the books voluntarily.
These book banks will help the underprivileged students by providing them the required books. The Government‘s order came after the National Green Tribunal’s recommendation for better utilization of used books. The step is supposed to save tonnes of paper used for printing of textbooks for school children annually.
The official statement from Directorate of Education Delhi, said, “ As the students pass out, they are provided next set of books (of the higher class) and books of previous class becomes redundant. Schools are hereby directed to collect usable old text books from the students of all classes to establish a Book Bank under Eco-Club in every school.”
Last year, Punjab Government also ordered to establish Book Banks in the State with the same vision in mind. “The Education department will set up book banks in all schools of the state in order to save precious time and money of the students,” said Punjab’s Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary.