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Tussle Between Punjab Textbook Board & Publishers Places Tutorial Session in Hazard

The tug of warfare between the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) and personal publishers has intensified resulting from which the well timed provision of free course books and sensible books to college students appears implausible.

Hundreds of thousands of scholars in Punjab could not get textbooks once they start the brand new session as the federal government has barred non-public publishers from publishing textbooks below the Single Nationwide Curriculum Coverage, which is extremely prone to improve the scarcity of textbooks out there, as in 2020.

Two tutorial classes have already been curtailed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and now the subsequent tutorial session is liable to being affected because of the lack after all books. If the state of affairs persists, it’s prone to have an adversarial impact on the scholars’ careers.

As per particulars, the non-public publishers should not being granted NOCs to print books this yr. On the situation of anonymity, a writer revealed that the PCTB officers have been barred from issuing NOCs. Nonetheless, no written order has been issued on this regard.


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As per media stories, the PCTB has launched a brand new and sophisticated NOCs criterion with the demand of heavy charges, and seven.5 % royalty.

Furthermore, the PCTB has canceled the previous NOCs of some publishers, which has left lots of of 1000’s of employees unemployed and should have triggered what might snowball into a significant upcoming disaster for folks and college students.

Whereas talking on a TV present on Thursday, President Textbooks Publishers Affiliation Punjab, Fawaz Niaz, stated that the provincial authorities has launched 30 of its personal ‘mannequin books’ as a syllabus.

The PCTB has imposed a brand new price of Rs. 450,000 on one guide, a transfer the place the board might generate an quantity of round Rs. 9 billion. This quantity might go up additional with 7.5 % royalty and taxes imposed by the PCTB. This transfer would additional burden thousands and thousands of scholars and oldsters.


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He said that round 250 non-public publishers/printers publish over 20,000 books (textbooks/supplementary supplies) each tutorial yr within the province.

In the meantime, the Federal Minister for Schooling and Skilled Coaching, Shafqat Mahmood, has acknowledged the continued disaster and has requested the PCTB to look into the matter.

Sure, non-public publishers’ concern is real. I requested PCTB to ease the NOCs course of. The PCTB ought to play the function of facilitator slightly than creating hurdles for the non-public sector’s need to publish books and supporting supplies.

He feared that the problem could develop right into a disaster if this bureaucratic hurdle persists.

“We’re getting in the precise path. My ministry, nevertheless, is dedicated to addressing the real considerations of all stakeholders in Punjab in addition to in different provinces to get this NSC applied throughout the due time interval. I’ve already consulted all of the stakeholders,” he stated.


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When the Managing Director for PCTB, Dr. Farooq Manzoor was requested to touch upon the problem, he stated:

No downside exists on the problem of NOCs in PCTB. NOCs can be issued to all non-public publishers in a stipulated time interval.

Dr. Manzoor stated that the board has the capability to evaluation 1000’s of books in a well timed method and all of the stakeholders are consulted whereas making ready mannequin textbooks.

In response to why the PCTB has demanded NOCs from non-public publishers charging heavy charges with 7.5 % royalty (together with taxes), he stated that the brand new charges had been withdrawn, however kept away from giving additional feedback because the matter is sub-judice within the courtroom.

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