Encyclopaedia Britannica textbooks and an online study module will hit Indian schools from April 2010 in four subjects - computer science, mathematics, environmental studies and general knowledge, says its president Jorge Cauz.
This comes six months after the knowledge giant made inroads into the school textbook business in India with a cache of 30 books, 10 knowledge CDs and nine teachers' manuals.
"The fact that the Indian government is stressing knowledge beyond the classroom and is devising a new school education system will help us grow," Cauz said.
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The Britannica books cover the National Council for Education, Research and Training (NCERT) syllabus from Classes 1 to 8. "While the books published in September 2009 will be included in the school curriculum in April 2010 as additional tools to supplement NCERT knowledge, access to the education portal will be made available on the basis of subscription."
The internet modules under BOLSE (Britannica Online School Edition) have been created for three levels - elementary (primary), high school and senior high school - covering Classes 1 to 12.
Cauz said the "e-module was viable in the country with the increasing penetration of computers at the school level".
"Currently, we are mapping the Indian school syllabus with NCERT and SCERT - the state education boards - to incorporate the broad syllabus of Classes 1 to 5 in our primary database," Cauz said.
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