Prime Minister’s Scheme for Mentoring Young Authors – YUVA 2.0 (Young, Upcoming and Versatile Authors) was launched recently.
What is the scheme?
- It is a Prime Minister’s scheme for mentoring young authors, and a programme to train young and budding authors below the age of 30 to promote reading, writing, and book culture in the country, and project India and Indian writings globally.
- The Ministry of Education (MoE) launched the YUVA 2.0 scheme in view of the significant impact of the first edition of the YUVA. The first edition witnessed a large-scale participation from young authors in 22 different Indian languages including English.
- YUVA 1.0 was a part of India@75 Project (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav) 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 National Movement, and other related themes in an innovative and creative manner.
- The books prepared under this scheme were to be published by National Book Trust, India; and will also be translated into other Indian languages ensuring the exchange of culture and literature, thereby promoting ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’. The selected young authors will interact with some of the best authors of the world; participate in literary festivals etc.
- It is in tune with the Prime Minister’s vision to encourage the youth to understand and appreciate India’s democracy.
- It will help to develop a stream of writers who can write on a spectrum of subjects to promote the Indian heritage, culture, and knowledge system.
- The National Book Trust, India, as the implementing agency under MoE will ensure the phase-wise execution of the scheme under well-defined stages of mentorship.
- The young authors will be trained by eminent authors and mentors from 1st March to 31st August 2023.