YUVA scheme: The Department of Higher Education under the Ministry of Education has launched a scheme today to train and mentor young authors. Termed YUVA (Young, Upcoming and Versatile Authors), the Prime Minister’s scheme seeks to mentor authors under the age of 30 and train them to promote reading, writing and book culture in the country, and project India and Indian writings globally. A consolidated scholarship of Rs50,000 per month for a period of six months per author will be paid under the YUVA Scheme.
The YUVA scheme is primarily meant to mentor young authors across the country. Giving further details, the Centre in a statement said that the 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. The move will also help in projecting Indian culture and literature globally.
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 consolidated scholarship of Rs 50,000 per month for a period of six months per author will be paid under the mentorship scheme.
Sharing the link to the official webpage of the programme, PM Modi tweeted, “Here is an interesting opportunity for youngsters to harness their writing skills and also contribute to India’s intellectual discourse,”
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 8, 2021
YUVA is a part of India@75 Project (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav). It aims 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 the National Movement, and other related themes in an innovative and creative manner, an official statement said.
The procedure for selection to the programme is as follows:
- 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.
- The contest will run from 4th June to 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 the National Youth Day.
A total of 75 authors will be selected through an All India Contest to be conducted through mygov.in from June 1 to July 31, 2021. The winners will be announced on 15 August 2021.