National Book Trust, India: The National Book Trust, India (External website that opens in a new window) an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (External website that opens in a new window) was established in 1957. The activities of the NBT are:
- Promotion of books and reading
- Promotion of Indian books abroad
- Assistance to authors and publishers and
- Promotion of children's literature
It produces books in Hindi, English and fifteen other major Indian languages under its various series and in Braille. Every alternate year, NBT organises the World Book Fair in New Delhi, which is the largest book fair in Asia and Africa. The Trust also observes 14-20 November every year as National Book Week.
The 17th New Delhi World Book Fair was held from 27 January - 4 February 2006. Around 1300 participants including 37 from 18 foreign countries and international bodies, viz., ILO, WHO, UNICEF and EU among others attended the fair.
Frankfurt Book Fair (External website that opens in a new window) - India Guest of Honour: On the invitation of the Frankfurt Book Fair authorities, India was the Guest of Honour at the 58th Frankfurt Book Fair-2006. The NBT was the Nodal Agency for organising and implementing various activities.
Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 19-01-2011