In 2009, Navayana had sponsored five Dalit and Adivasi candidates for the Edit-Pub diploma course at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, as Avarna fellows. In 2010, Navayana had called for applications from five Dalit/ Adivasi candidates at the National Book Trust’s four-week Training Course in Book Publishing (in English) in New Delhi. However, only one Dalit candidate from Pune, Laxman More, applied, availed the Avarna Scholarship and successfully completed the course.
In July 2011, NBT is conducing the annual four-week course in Delhi. Navayana once again seeks to provide fellowships to five dalit/ adivasi students who get selected for the NBT course.
The details of the comprehensive course, where the best professionals from the publishing industry teach, are available at this link: http://www.nbtindia.org.in/download/April2010/BookPub/InfoDelhi.pdf.
Last date for sending applications: 10 June 2011.
Course dates and timing: 5 July to 31 July 2011.
9.30 a.m to 5 p.m, Monday to Saturday.
Venue: Conference Room, NBT
5, Institutional Area, Vasant Kunj, Phase II
New Delhi – 110070
Candidates must apply directly to NBT as instructed on the NBT website (and in the attached PDF on course information). There is no entrance test; any graduate may apply. There is no age limit.
Navayana shall play no role in the selection of the candidates. Candidates who happen to be Dalit/ Adivasi and are selected by NBT may then apply to Navayana for financial support (firstname.lastname@example.org 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. The total value of the Avarna Fellowship will be Rs 8,000.
NBT also has an internship program for promising students from which the selected Avarna fellows could benefit.
Click here for more details.