Srinagar: The Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) Monday constituted a high-level committee to check all books and asked the private schools to refrain from introducing any new book before getting it approved from the expert committee.
The association also condemned the objectionable contents of a book published by a New Delhi-based publisher.
It held a meeting with all prominent publishers and advised them to check every book before releasing it to the schools.
The proprietor of Paradise Book House, which is also one of the book dealers of the Jay Cee Publishers while condemning the publication of the content said that they had not brought or supplied the book.
It said that the company had sent some samples to a few schools by itself.
Meanwhile, Jay Cee Publishers too tendered an unconditional apology over the lapse.
However, the association said that the situation demands more action than mere apologies.
It hailed the government for taking prompt action in this matter.
The association welcomed the lodging of the case as directed by ADC Srinagar Syed Hanif Balkhi and action taken by the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (BOSE) and Director Education.
“When it comes to books and written material, there should be no room for complacency. Every stakeholder should check every word before introducing and teaching students,” said President PSAJK Ghulam Nabi Var.
The association constituted a seven-member autonomous Academic Committee headed by Khurshid Bismil.
The committee would have three members from Kashmir, two from Jammu, and one each from Pir Panjal and Chenab Valley to check the contents and standard of the books.
The association said that no school would be allowed to prescribe any new book without the approval of the committee.
“The committee has been assigned to check all books and ensure that there is no objectionable matter in any book. Furthermore, all schools and publishers have been asked to check their books. We want to implement a multi-tier checking setup for every book so that such unfortunate incidents do not happen in the future,” Var said.
The association announced that no new book would be introduced in any of its member private schools before it was approved by the expert committee.
The PSAJK also appealed to the BOSE to immediately convene a meeting of its academic committee.
“The meeting should be held both at Srinagar and Jammu at the earliest wherein a threadbare discussion should be held on the issue of books. Being important stakeholders, private schools should also be invited to the meeting,” the association said.
It said that as the date for implementation of the New Education Policy was coming nearer, there was a need to prepare for the new syllabus and the academic committee of BOSE had to play a vital role.
The association called on the BOSE to immediately start meetings of the academic council with all stakeholders.