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GNU KHATA and LibreOffice in Accountancy for Higher Secondary Students

Curriculum committee has taken a decision to use free software at Higher Secondary level. From the academic year 2017 -2018, only the free software should be used for curricular activities.
Accountancy Study and Free Software use
In the course book of Higher Secondary Commerce group students (as part of Computerised Accounting study) are given the proprietary softwares MS Excel, MS Access, Tally etc. But , as per the decision taken by the curriculum committee, these softwares can't be used for study purpose from this academic year.
What are the Changes?
1. LibreOffice Calc in lieu of MS Excel
Excel is a spread sheet software developed by the global software colossus, Microsoft. Instead of this, Commerce group students are recommended to use a free and open source spread sheet software called LibreOffice Calc. All works accomplished by using MS Excel is possible by this LibreOffice Calc also. This new software to be used for the study of Accountancy subject is available in edu - Ubuntu installed computers. Digital hand book, study notes etc for Libre Office Calc can be downloaded from the below link.
Libre Office Calc
LibreOffice Calc-Hand Book for Teachers and Students by IT@School
More Study Materials will be updated on receipt
2. LibreOffice Base in the place of MS Access
The Higher Secondary students are introduced a free data base software named LibreOffice Base instead of the data base software MS Access developed by Microsoft. LibreOffice Base is pre- installed in Edu Ubuntu operating systems customized by IT@school. Digital hand book and other study requirements for LibreOffice Base study will be posted when it is made available.
Libre Office Base
Libre Office Base-Hand Book and User Manual
More Study Materials will be updated on receipt
3.GNU KHATA in lieu of Tally
The significant change to be noted in Accountancy subject (Computerized Accounting) for Higher Secondary students is the avoidance of the accounting package, Tally which they study presently. This year onwards the students are advised to use the accounting package called GNU KHATA rather than using Tally. Tally software has occupied a foremost place in the area of accounting. The practice imparted to the Commerce group students in the Higher Secondary level in Tally package has enabled them much in their higher studies as well as in the realm of employment. But, for using Tally, Windows platform is needed and it does not come under free and open source software are the demerits of this.
GNU KHATA, the new software occupying the place of Tally is a novel pursuit in the accounting field. GNU KHATA can be used by installing it in the IT@School customized Edu Ubuntu systems. Since the business world has not seen using GNU KHATA for accounting, familiarizing this profoundly to the teachers and the students becomes a tremendous need. Also to make the business world aware of the possibilities of all kinds of accounting activities with GNU KHATA and to universalize the use of GNU KHATA at the pragmatic level, much publicity has to be done. GNU KHATA was developed by a Bombay based Digital Freedom Foundation. Digital hand book, student notes etc are available from the links below.
GNU KHATA User Manual Prepared by CA Arun Kelkar for Digital Freedom Foundation
GNU KHATA Hand Book for Teachers and Students(Will be posted after field level Training)
GNU KHATA Exercises
Exp No.1 : Create an Organisation in GNU KHATA(Will be posted after field level Training)
Exp No.2 : Group and Sub-Group in GNU KHATA(Will be posted after field level Training)
Exp No.3 : Preparation of Bank Reconciliation Statement in GNU KHATA(Will be posted after field level Training)
Exp No.4 : Entering Opening and Closing Stock in GNU KHATA(Will be posted after field level Training)
Exp No.5 : Preparation of Trial Balance, Profit-Loss account and Balance sheet in GNU KHATA(Will be posted after field level Training)
GNU KHATA Software Download
GNU KHATA Software Download for Offline Use(This installer does not require internet)
GNU KHATA Software for Online Use(Internet connection and Mozilla firefox browser needed)
GNU KHATA Demo Version for Online Use(Internet and Mozilla firefox browser needed)
Curriculum Revision and Evaluation
How these changes in Accountancy subject of Commerce group students are considered in exam and valuation are also clearly mentioned. 2017-18 academic year Second year (Plus Two) students should be given a chance to study the free software - LibreOffice Calc, LibreOffice Base, GNU KHATA etc. At the same time, even if the students answer in MS Excel, MS Access, Tally software which they study at present, should also be considered in valuation. However, for the 2017-18 academic year students studying Accountancy in Plus one, the classes will be by using free software thoroughly.
Only Free software at schools
Further in Govt/Aided schools, unlicensed softwares can't be installed in computers and laptops supplied by the government. The complete use of software in Higher Secondary School level will be that of free software. Circulars from the Directorate of Higher Secondary Education can be downloaded from the link. As soon as the study materials of the revised portion of Accountancy for Higher Secondary Commerce students are available, it will be updated here.
Curriculum Revision
Free Software implementation in Higher Secondary Schools.Circular dtd 23-06-2017

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