Navayana Avarna Fellowship
Navayana-Avarna fellowship for NBT Publishing Course, July 2010
In 2009, Navayana had sponsored five dalit and adivasi candidates for
the Edit-Pub diploma course at Jadavpur University
http://editpub.blogspot.com, Kolkata, as Avarna fellows. This year,
Navayana shall sponsor the enrolment of five Dalit/ Adivasi candidates
at the National Book Trust's four-week Training Course in Book
Publishing (in English) in New Delhi.
The details of the comprehensive course, where the best professionals
from the publishing industry teach, are available at this link
Also find attached two PDFs: one providing the course details; another
being the application form.
Last date for sending applications: 10 June 2010.
Course dates and timing: 5 July to 31 July 2010.
9.30 a.m to 5 p.m, Monday to Saturday.
Conference Room, NBT
5, Institutional Area, Vasant Kunj, Phase II
New Delhi – 110070
Candidates who happen to be Dalit/ Adivasi and are selected by NBT may
then apply to Navayana for financial support firstname.lastname@example.org,
mailto:email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
<mailto:email@example.com>). Navayana shall pay the course fee (Rs
5,000) for up to five Dalit/ Adivasi candidates. NBT this year is also
arranging accommodation for outstation candidates at Rs 3,000 for four
weeks. Navayana shall also subsidize this amount. In all, the net value
of the Avarna Fellowship shall be Rs 8,000.
NBT also has an internship program for promising students from which the
selected Avarna fellows could benefit.
Publishing as a Career
Publishing in India is rarely seen as a career option by young people.
The publishing industry in India, with an annual output of 85,000
titles in more than 30 languages, has an estimated value of USD 1.2
billion. After the UK and the US, India is the publisher of the
largest number of titles in English language. There's an array of
multinationals and independent, niche publishers who offer exciting
and intellectually stimulating careers in the world of books.
Unfortunately in India there are few professional publishing courses
that offer an insight into the world of publishing. The NBT short-term
course is one of the fewprofessionally conducted courses being offered
in the country. Alumni from the NBT course have achieved great success
in the publishing industry. For instance, the current editorial head
of HarperCollins India is a product of this course.
Like other private sectors in India, publishing too has been the
preserve of the social elite. Dalits and Adivasis hence go almost
unrepresented in this field. For many Dalits/ Adivasis, publishing
does not even seem to be a career option. Navayana, with the Avarna
fellowship, seeks to address this anomaly.
Navayana therefore encourages Dalits and Adivasis graduates to
proactively apply for he NBT course, and on selection, subsequently
for the Navayana-Avarna fellowship. For any further queries, write to
Here are a few articles and useful links available on the internet
with respect to the publishing scene in India:
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