Faridkot, May 2
“Pirated” copies of National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) grades IX, X and XII textbooks are said to be sold on the market.
Although no trader is allowed to sell an NCERT textbook above the actual printed price, re-sewn or rebound “pirated” copies are sold at Rs 30 to Rs 50 above the MRP.
While many students have complained to NCERT about the sale of “pirated” books, authorities at the Department of School Education are oblivious to this illegal practice.
Recently, a 16-year-old class X student approached the district’s Consumer Dispute Redress Forum, Faridkot, after buying a pirated textbook full of errors.
In its response, NCERT authorities claimed that there was no scope for error, error or misprint in the books they provided. They claimed that the book sold to the student was a pirated copy.
“We need to check eight consecutive pages of a book and we will find a watermark on at least two of the pages. If there is no watermark, it means the book is pirated,” NCERT authorities said.
Meanwhile, the consumer forum fined the bookseller Rs 5,000 for selling pirated textbooks in the case.
Shiv Raj Kapoor, DEO, Faridkot, said, “A five-member team was formed just to ensure there was no overcharging by booksellers. However, we don’t know about the pirating of NCERT books. But we will ask the team to verify the authenticity of the books.