CHANDIGARH: The Punjab School Education Department has issued instructions to constitute committees at school level to purchase books for libraries in academic session 2021-22.
According to a spokesperson of the school education department, apart from setting up committees at school level and procuring only the books recommended by the expert committee, instructions have been given to procure more books on history, culture, geography, sociology, folklore or dialects of Punjab. Emphasis has been laid on purchasing color and illustrated books to inculcate the habit of reading in the primary school students and attract them towards books. The schools have been directed to avail discounts on books purchased from government publishers as per their policy, besides to avail 25 per cent on books purchased from National Book Trust and at least 40 per cent from private publishers. At the same time, schools have been asked to buy only new books.