The next Census is a little more than three years away but NCERT's social science textbook for class 8 still quotes literacy data from 2001 and the availability of housing, electricity and piped water from 1994. Its foreword bears the date November 30, 2007, and the book has been in print for 10 years without changes.
Come April, that will change as National Council of Educational Research and Training is updating all 182 of its textbooks. The chapters will be brought up to date and new developments like Goods and Services Tax will be included. Altogether, NCERT has made 1,334 changes at an average rate of seven changes per book. The Council has already got orders for more than 2 crore books on its website for next year, as against a total print run of 4.63 crore books for the 2017 session.
NCERT director Hrushikesh Senapaty said they anticipate a much higher demand: "Assuming all the CBSE schools go for the books, we expect a demand of approximately 13 crore this year."
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