Prime Minister Narendra Modi reveals a new plan named “Youth, Upcoming and Versatile Authors”(YUVA scheme), a training program for the upcoming young Authors of India.
The press release indicated “This scheme will ensure creating a pool of authors of below 30 years who are ready to express themselves and project India on any international platform, as well as it will help in projecting Indian culture and literature globally”.
This project aims at giving training to the young authors of India by Nation Book Trust. This training will help the young authors of India to unveil their skills and also can develop their knowledge and expertise in this field. This scheme will be helpful in promoting Indian culture and literature throughout the world. A total of 75 authors will be selected through this project and given training. The selected 75 authors will get Rs.50,000 per month for 6 months.
“Here is an interesting opportunity for youngsters to harness their writing skills and also contribute to India’s intellectual discourse”, a tweet by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“It will make sure to bring reading and authorship as a preferred profession at par with other job options, making the children of India take reading and knowledge as an integral part of their grooming up years. In addition, it will bring a positive psychological push to the young minds given the impact and effect of the recent pandemic on the mental health of children.”, added by the press release.
The selection procedures, training, and promotion details were mentioned in the press releases by the Government of India as follows:
SELECTION PROCEDURE OF YOUNG AUTHORS
- A total of 75 authors will be selected through an All India Contest at MyGov.
- The selection will be made by a Committee to be constituted by NBT.
- Last date of submission 31st July 2021.
- The contestants will be asked to submit a manuscript of 5,000 words to judge its suitability to develop as a proper book under the Mentorship Scheme.
- The names of selected authors will be announced on the occasion of Independence Day on 15th August 2021.
- Based on mentorship, the selected authors will prepare manuscripts for final selection under the guidance of the nominated mentors.
- The entries of the winners will be readied for publication by 15th December 2021.
- The published books may be launched on 12th January 2022 on YUVA DIVAS or National Youth Day.
Phase I – Training (3 months)
- The National Book Trust, India will organize a Two-Week Writers’ Online Programme for the selected candidates.
- During which the young authors will be trained by two eminent authors/mentors from NBT’s panel of accomplished authors and writers.
- After the completion of the two-week writers’ Online Programme, the authors will be trained for 2-Weeks at various Online/On-site National Camps organized by NBT.
PHASE II – Promotion (3 months)
- The young authors will get to expand their understanding and hone their skills through interaction at various international events such as Literary Festivals, Book Fairs, Virtual Book Fair, Cultural Exchange Programmes, etc.
- At the end of the mentorship, a consolidated scholarship of ₹50,000 per month for a period of 6 months (50,000 x 6 = ₹3 Lakh) per author will be paid under the Mentorship Scheme.
- A book or a series of books written by the young authors will be published by NBT, India as the outcome of the mentorship program.
- A royalty of 10% will be payable to the authors on successful publications of their books at the end of the Mentorship Program.
- Their published books will be translated into other Indian languages ensuring the exchange of culture & literature between different states & thereby promoting Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.
This will encourage the young authors, and also will be the promotional tool for the development of culture and literature of India,