Azim Premji University on Monday launched an open-access digital archive of more than 5,600 textbooks and related materials from India and other countries in South Asia. The Schoolbooks Archive, as the platform is called, contains material in multiple languages, including Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Arabic, and other languages ââbesides English, which span across a period of more than 200 years.
The archives contain textbooks, reference works such as atlases, dictionaries, conversion tables and encyclopedias, workbooks, charts, question banks and guides, as well as teaching materials. -learning and audiovisual.
âThe textbook archives provide a window for all knowledge seekers to explore what our 200-year-evolving society considers important knowledge to be passed on to generations of young learners in schools. The diversity of language, history and culture within the Indian subcontinent, as captured through the prism of codified knowledge conveyed by textbooks, allows us to address deeper questions. on the content and objectives of education, âsaid Reshmi Mitra, Manager of the Knowledge Resource Center. , Azim Premji University, in a press release.
The current focus of the collection is the period from 1819 to the present day. According to the press release, the archives are designed to meet the need for historical records and educational learning resources that can be used by educators, curriculum and textbook designers, illustrators and textbook designers, and historians, among others.
It is accessible to https://schoolbooksarchive.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/