Education Ministry Updates: The Prime Minister’s Scheme for Mentoring Young Authors (YUVA 2.0), a programme to teach young and aspiring authors to promote reading, writing, and book culture in the nation as well as project India and Indian literature internationally, was inaugurated by the Ministry of Education on Sunday.
“YUVA 2.0 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 the theme ‘Democracy (institutions, events, people, constitutional values – past, present, future)’ in an innovative and creative manner. This scheme will thus help to develop a stream of writers who can write on a spectrum of subjects to promote Indian heritage, culture and knowledge system,” a senior Ministry official said.
“India tops the chart in youth population being 66 per cent of the total, waiting to be tapped for capacity building and thereby nation building. With the purpose of mentoring a new generation of young creative writers, there is an imminent requirement to take initiatives at highest level, and in this context, YUVA 2.0 will go a long way in laying the foundation of the future leaders of the creative world,” the official added.
The National Book Trust (NBT), an organisation in India that works with the Ministry of Education as the Implementing Agency, will make sure that the Scheme is carried out under clear-cut phases of mentoring.
The NBT will publish the books created under this programme, and they will also be translated into other Indian languages, enabling the sharing of literature and culture and promoting “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.” The chosen young authors will engage in conversation with some of the greatest writers ever, take part in literary festivals, etc.
“The scheme will help to develop a stream of writers who can write on various facets of Democracy in India encompassing the past, present and future. Besides, it will also provide a window to the aspiring youth to articulate themselves and present a comprehensive outlook of Indian Democratic values at domestic as well as international platforms.”
“This scheme has been conceptualized on the premise that the 21st century India needs to groom a generation of young authors to create ambassadors of Indian literature. In view of the fact that our country is ranked third in the arena of book publishing and we have a treasure trove of indigenous literature, India must project it at the global stage,” the Ministry official said.
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