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Publishing houses have a very important role in India's growth journey: Nagaland Education Minister 

Aug 5, 2022

  • Need to open library at village and district level across India

NEW DELHI, 05 August 2022: Mr Temjen Imna Along, Minister of Higher Education and Tribal Affairs, Govt of Nagaland today said that the publishing industry will play an important role to move India to a successful nation. "There is a need to create more awareness on the importance of reading books. As the nation moves towards the 21st century, we need to assimilate all of these so that the citizens can derive the benefit of books and the narratives which are set to be at the forefront of nation building," he added.

Addressing the 'FICCI PubliCon 2022 and Publishing Awards', the Minister emphasized that publishing houses have a very important role to play in India's growth journey. "The new education policy (NEP) also highlights the importance of writers and publishing houses. Today, people prefer digital format of reading than a physical book," he stated.

Emphasizing on the need of setting up library in every district and village of India, Mr Along said, "It is equally important to raise the awareness level towards reading books apart from setting up the library. In today's time, digitalization is playing a very important role and we need to create a balance between digitalization and physical books," he added.

The Minister also stressed on the need for developing more content by writers and publishing houses especially for the students apart from focusing on other books.

Prof Govind Prasad Sharma, Chairman, NBT India, Ministry of Education, Govt of India said that books play an important role for taking any nation and humanity forward. "The invention of printing started the book culture and a culture of reading. Books are the source of enhancing the scope of knowledge to a large extent. We need to increase the awareness of book culture. Books are called as a friend, philosopher and guide for anyone," he added.

Prof Sharma further stated that there is a need to ensure that we are able to write books in different languages. "Translation is one area which needs to be given more importance in today's time. The New Education Policy also emphasis on the role of translation. Through translating in different languages, the message can be spread to a larger audience in the society. We must focus on increasing our efforts in this direction," he emphasized.

Mr Yuvraj Malik, Director, NBT India, Ministry of Education, Govt of India said that publishers should position themselves as the knowledge partners of the society.

Mr Neeraj Jain, Chair, FICCI Publishing Committee and MD, Scholastic India said that there is immense scope for the printing and publishing industry if the issues related to paper availability as raw material and prices are resolved. "This will also ensure global printing business come to India," he added.

He also asserted on starting library in every village or district of India. Mr Jain also appealed on launching a new campaign 'Let's Read' to encourage more book reading in line with FICCI's campaign on 'Roz Ek Nai Kahani'.

Mr Ananth Padmanabhan, Co-Chair, FICCI Publishing Committee and CEO, Harper Collins India said that a book is not just a printed book, but a feeling associated with it. It is imperative for all our publishers to think beyond print and diversify in digital. "There is a clear need to diversify in what we do to publish in various different formats across languages and ensure that we take the advantage of technology to introduce more books in the market," he added.

Ms Monica Malhotra Kandhari, Co-Chair, FICCI Publishing Committee and MD, MBD Group delivered the vote of thanks.

FICCI Publishing Awards were announced during the event.

Awards List:

Publisher

Book

Category

 

Pickle Yolk Books

'Aai and I'

Children Book of The Year English (Below 10 years)

 

Kalpavriksh

'Miracle on

Sunderbaag Street'

Children book of the Year

English (Below 10)

Special Jury Award

Harper Collings Pvt Ltd

'Kaya's Journey: The Story of a 100-year-old Koi Fish'

Children book of the Year

English (Below 10)

Special Jury Award

Harper Collings Pvt Ltd

'Being Gandhi'

Children book of the Year

English (10 & Above)

 

Pratham Books

'Home'

Children book of the Year English (10 & Above)

Special Jury Award

Harper Collings Pvt Ltd

'The Secret Life of

Debbie G'

Children book of the Year English (10 & Above)

Special Jury Award

Publications Division, Ministry of I&B, Govt of India

'Swachhta Shree

Samman'

Children book of the Year

Hindi (Below 10)

 

Publications Division, Ministry of I&B, Govt of India

'Rangili, Bullet aur Veer'

Children book of the Year

Hindi (10 & Above)

 

Hachette India

'The Black Dwarves of

the Good Little Ray

Book of the Year - Fiction (English)

 

Harper Collins

Pvt. Ltd.

'The Last Queen'

Book of the Year - Fiction (English)

Special Jury Award

Harper Collins

Pvt. Ltd.

'Girl in  White Cotton

(Burnt Sugar)'

Book of the Year - Fiction (English)

Special Jury Award

Harper Collins

Pvt. Ltd.

'Dopehri'

Book of the Year - Fiction (Hindi)

 

Harper Collins

Pvt. Ltd.

'The Death Script'

Book of the Year

Non-Fiction (English)

 

Profile Books

(Hachette India)

 

'Mountain Tales: love and

loss in the municipality

of castaway belongings'

Book of the Year

Non-Fiction (English)

Special Jury Award

Palm Leaf

Innovation

'Hanuman Chalisa'

Book of the Year

Non-Fiction (Hindi)

 

Publications Division

Ministry of I&B, GOI

'Navikarniya Urja

Sansadhan'

Book of the Year

Non-Fiction (Hindi)

Special Jury Award

Hachette India

These, our Bodies, Possessed by Light

Book of the Year- Best Cover Design

 

Harper Collins

Pvt. Ltd.

Tiananmen Square: The Making of a Protest

Book of the Year- Best Cover Design

Special Jury Award

Harper Collins

Pvt. Ltd.

'Loss'

Book of the Year - Best Overall Design

 

Roli Books Pvt Ltd

'India: A Story through 100 objects'

Book of the Year - Best Overall Design

Special Jury Award

Pratham Books

'Asamo, is that you?'

Book of the Year - Best Overall Design

Special Jury Award

Om Book International

'Great Wild Cats/Born to be Free'

Book of the Year - Best Production

 

Om Book International

'Indian Botanical Art: An illustrated History'

Book of the Year - Best Overall Design

Special Jury Award

Hachette India

'The Man Who Learnt to Fly but Could Not Land'

Book of the Year - Best Translation

 

Harper Collins Pvt Ltd

'Legal Fiction'

Book of the Year - Best Translation

Special Jury Award

Harper Collins Pvt Ltd

'Moustache'

Book of the Year - Best Translation

Special Jury Award

Bloomsbury Publishing India

'Demystifying Leadership: Unveiling The Mahabharata Code'

Business Book of the Year - Business Management

 

Roli Books

'Pandemonium: The Great Indian Banking Tragedy'

Business Book of the Year - Business Economics

 

Bloomsbury Publishing India

'The Indic Quotient: Reclaiming Heritage Through Cultural Enterprise'

Business Book of the Year - Self Help

 

Harper Collings Pvt Ltd

'Azim Premji: The Man Beyond the Billions'

Business Book of the Year - Biography of Business Leader

 

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