The Union Education Minister has inaugurated the New Delhi World Book Fair organized by the National Book Trust. The inauguration is being conducted in a virtual ceremony today in the presence of Professor Govind Prasad Sharna - NBT Chairman and NBT Director Yuvraj Malik. The book fair will be conducted virtually from March 6 to 12, 2021. The press conference for the book fair was conducted at NBT Headquarters on March 4, 2021.
First-ever virtual edition
Professor Govind Prasad Sharma while addressing the conference stated that this is the first virtual edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair which is being conducted since the COVID-19 pandemic has put certain restrictions. The NBT has however assured that the participants will have a memorable experience.
The theme of the book fair this year is National Education Policy 2020 aiming to universalize the Indian education system from Pre-primary to higher education level. The NEP will also work on enhancing the quality of education equally for all and move in a direction to strengthen India as a global superpower.
Discussions to be conducted as part of the event
Discussions will also be conducted on education and pedagogy, along with conversations with authors, scholars. Book release functions, cultural programmes have also been organized for this year's book fair.
Countries like the UK, China, Iran, France, UK, UD, UAE, Nepal. Spain, Sri Lanka, Italy, and Ukraine will be participating in the Foreign Publishers Hall
The book fair is also set to provide a platform for B2B activities for publishers from India and Abroad and a Publishers forum will be organized by NBT and FCCI while CEOSpeak will focus on the challenges and opportunities for publishers considering the new National Education Policy.
Over 160 publishers and exhibitors from India and abroad will be participating in the book fair through e-stalls, acquainting the visitors with books in all the major Indian and foreign languages. The visitors will also be able to visit the websites of the exhibitors/ publishers directly from the e-stalls to view more products.