Recently, the Indian Prime Minister announced the ‘Young, Upcoming and Versatile Authors’ (YUVA) scheme – a mentorship programme to train young authors.

Important points:

  • The scheme is aimed at training 75 aspiring writers below 30 years, who are ready to express themselves and project India and its culture and literature globally.
  • A total of 75 authors will be selected through an All India Contest at MyGov (Government of India’s Citizen Engagement Platform).
  • A consolidated scholarship of Rs. 50,000 per month for a period of six months per author will be paid under the mentorship scheme.
  • To bring reading and authorship as a preferred profession at par with other job options.
  • To impart a positive psychological push to the young minds amidst the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the mental health of children.
  • Implementing Agency: The National Book Trust (under Ministry of Education) will ensure phase-wise execution of the Scheme.
  • NBT will organise training for three months for the selected candidates.
  • The selected candidates will get to expand their understanding and hone their skills through interaction at various international events such as literary festivals, book fairs, virtual book fairs, cultural exchange programmes, etc.
  • A book or a series of books written by these young authors will be published by NBT and a royalty of 10% will be paid to the authors.
  •  Their published books will also be translated into other Indian languages to ensure the exchange of culture and literature between different states, thereby promoting Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.


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