CBSE has now allowed schools to open shops in their premises to sell NCERT books, stationery and other material required by students.
The CBSE in April asked schools to not run as ‘commercial establishments’ and stop selling books and uniforms on their premises.
However, the board has now allowed schools to run the shops to facilitate the sale of NCERT books.
“Schools are allowed to place indent for the purchase of NCERT books directly through its website for distribution among their students and for this purpose, a tuck shop may be opened inside the premises of the schools,” said a fresh circular issued to schools.
Stationery and other material required by students are also allowed to be sold from this tuck shop.
The earlier circular stands amended,” it added.
While hearing of a PIL filed by social worker Sunil Pokhriyal seeking direction to restrain the schools here from using their buildings to run commercial activities like selling of books and uniforms, the Delhi High Court on May 2 this year directed the CBSE to ensure that the schools affiliated to it must not indulge in commercial activities, such as selling books and uniforms, inside their campuses.
Nearly 20,000 schools across the country are affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education.