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Government launches YUVA - Prime Minister’s Scheme for Mentoring Young Authors

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    2nd Jun, 2021


The Ministry of Education, Department of Higher Education has launched YUVA- Prime Minister’s Scheme For Mentoring Young Authors, an Author Mentorship programme to train young and budding authors (below 30 years of age) in order to promote reading, writing and book culture in the country, and project India and Indian writings globally.

About the scheme

  • It is a part of India@75 Project (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav) to bring to the fore the perspectives of the young generation of writers on themes like Unsung Heroes, Freedom Fighters, Unknown and Forgotten Places and their role in National Movement, and other related themes in an innovative and creative manner.
  • Implementing Agency: The National Book Trust, India under the Ministry of Education will be the Implementing Agency which will ensure phase-wise execution of the Scheme under well-defined stages of mentorship.
  • Publisher: The books prepared under this scheme will be published by National Book Trust, India; and will also be translated into other Indian languages ensuring the exchange of culture and literature, thereby promoting 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat'.
  • The selected young authors will interact with some of the best authors of the world; participate in literary festivals etc. 

Highlights of YUVA

  • A total of 75 authors will be selected through an All-India Contest to be conducted from 1 June - 31 July 2021.
  • The winners will be announced on 15 August 2021.
  • The young authors will be trained by eminent authors/mentors.
  • Under the mentorship, the manuscripts will be readied by 15 December 2021 for publication.
  • The published books will be launched on 12 January 2022 on the occasion of National Youth Day (Yuva Diwas).
  • A consolidated scholarship of Rs.50,000 per month for a period of six months per author will be paid under the Mentorship Scheme.

Significance of the Scheme

  • This scheme will help to develop a stream of writers who can write on a spectrum of subjects to promote Indian heritage, culture and knowledge system.
  • YUVA will go a long way in laying the foundation of the future leaders of the creative world.

National Book Trust

  • It is an apex body established by the Government of India (Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development) in the year 1957.
  • The objectives of the NBT are to produce and encourage the production of good literature in English, Hindi and other Indian languages and to make such literature available at moderate prices to the public and to bring out book catalogues, arrange book fairs/exhibitions and seminars and take all necessary steps to make the people book minded.
  • NBT is mandated to publish
    • the classical literature of India
    • outstanding works of Indian authors in Indian languages and their translation from one Indian language to another
    • translation of outstanding books from foreign languages
    • outstanding books of modern knowledge for popular diffusion