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Govt launches e-Basta, a digital library of educational materials

As part of the ‘Digital India’ initiative, the
Government recently unveiled the e-Basta platform
. This new platform will provide digital and eBook versions
of school books and other study material to school students through-out India.

As part of the ‘Digital India’ initiative, the
Government recently unveiled the e-Basta platform
. This new platform will provide digital and eBook versions
of school books and other study material to school students through-out India.

The platform, eBasta, is merely not a library of books, but a collaborative
platform where school book publishers, school teachers, students and even
various e-tailers can participate.

According to the eBasta website, “it is a framework to make school
books accessible in digital form as e-books to be read and used on tablets and
laptops. The main idea is to bring various publishers (free as well as
commercial) and schools together on one platform. In addition to the portal, a
back-end framework to facilitate the organization and easy management of such
resources has also been made, along with the web based applications that can be
installed on tablets for navigating the framework.”

The framework provides the following functionalities:

For Teachers –

The school or teachers can log on to the portal and search for eBooks
and other digital content. They can then logically organize it by creating
eBasta for their own students.

School teachers can choose and bundle content according to their
teaching methods. Access to variety of resources – text, simulation,
animations, audio books, videos, etc – to choose from.

For Students –

eBasta provides an Android Application download, which students can
install on their mobile phones or tablets. The students can then go to eBasta
and download the eBasta that has been created by their school or teachers. This
way, the students will have all the content as required by their teachers.

Because the content is in digital format, it can be stored on any device
and shared or copied making the entire content very accessible and portable for
students to use.

For Publishers –

For school book publishers, eBasta becomes a marketplace where they can
read out to thousands of schools across the country. They can register on the
portal and then list, sell and distribute all their content in digital format.

Apart from listing and showcasing their content, the publishers can get
direct feedback from teachers and students regarding the digital content they
offer. The platform also supports DRM, so they do not have to worry about
piracy of books too.

eBasta Android App is essentially a customized eBook reader which helps
students and teachers to access content downloaded through eBasta portal. The
app is currently only on Android and it is not available on Play Store. The
users will need to download the apk from here and then
install it on their mobile devices.

 

 

 

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