The Kerala government will be launching India’s first initiative in multi-media "Digital Collaborative Textbooks" (DCT). This digital textbook will feature information from around the globe in audio or video formats and the scanned soft-copy of normal textbooks. The DCTs will be launched in government schools on an experimental basis from the next academic year starting in June with eyes towards an application in higher education.
Students and teachers can access the DCTs on tablets and e-learning centres. A Shahjahan, Secretary, Department of General Education stated to the press "The digital collaborative textbooks is definitely a significant step in the education sector of the country. We are planning to formally launch the DCTs next month". IT@School Executive Director K P Noufal added "At the normal level, the DCTs are e-books in which ordinary textbooks are scanned and uploaded. But, a plethora of information, contributed by different people including experts in different subjects make them unique".