National Book Trust today announced the results of the all-India contest organized on the theme ‘National Movement of India’ under PM-YUVA Mentorship Scheme. As per the Scheme, 75 Authors were to be selected through this contest for a Scholarship-cum-Mentorship Scheme for young authors below the age of 30 years.
The All-India Contest was organized from 1st June to 31st July through MyGov and National Book Trust platforms. Nearly 16 thousand entries in 22 Official languages and English were received from all across the country including some from Indian diaspora community. All the book proposals were read by multiple panels of experts and went through three layers of scrutiny.
In his Mann Ki Baat address on 31st January this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called upon the youth to write about freedom fighters, and tales of valour during freedom struggle from their areas.
Out of the 75 selected authors, 38 are males and 37 are females. Further, two are below 15 years, whereas there are 16 authors in the age-group of 15 to 20 years. 32 of them fall in the age group of 21 to 25 years and 25 authors are in the age group of 26 to 30 years.
The selected authors will undergo six-months of Mentorship in which they would be provided research and editorial support under the guidance of eminent authors and the Editorial Team of National Book Trust. Their published books will be later translated into other Indian languages as well.
During mentorship, the selected authors will receive a scholarship of 50 thousand rupees per month for a period of six months. A royalty of 10 percent will be payable to the authors on successful publications of their books.