21st Delhi book fair 2015 starts in Delhi, focus on skill development

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21st edition of Delhi book fair started on Saturday at Pragati Maidan in Delhi.

The fair has been organised by India Trade Promotion Organisation and Federation of Indian Publishers. Minister of state in the Prime Minister’s office Jitendra Singh inaugurated the fair.

Subsidised entry tickets of Rs 20 are available at several Delhi metro stations. The fair will remain open from 10am to 8pm for the visitors.

Around 215 publications has been featured in the fair including overseas participation from China. It will also feature a theme pavilion dedicated to Late President APJ Abdul Kalam.

The nine day fair that started on 29th August is going to end on 7th September.

The theme of this year’s fair is on skill development with the aim of promoting the interests of fair trade and developing industrial skills.

The newly launched skill India scheme of July 15 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the celebration of the World youth skills day is the primary source of inspiration for this year’s theme.

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Favouring skill development in the coming generations of our nation, the Delhi Book Fair 2015 largely focuses on inculcating the idea of skill-based professions and career interests in the youth and students alike. Debates, discussions, workshops and seminars will be organized throughout the fair which are aimed to shed light on the importance and need of skill development in the youth.

Around 220 national and international publishers are expected to take part in the fair. A number of conferences and seminars, book releases, book launches, book discussions, literary activities for children and meet-the-author get-togethers will be organised by leading publishers during the fair. Keeping the theme in consideration, books that are solely focused on skill development, i.e. hard skills and soft skills will be available for all age groups.

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Organized annually since 1995, Delhi book fair has evolved over the years as a highly popular platform to the world of books, readers, publishers and distributors. It has maintained a high standard of excellency in the production of books and by keeping their spot as one of the major cultural event for the people of Delhi NCR.

The fair provides a unique platform for business-to-business transactions, establishing new contacts, entering into co-publishing arrangements, translation and copyright arrangements as well as reprinting of old and rare books.

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The 21st edition of the Delhi Book Fair is scheduled to start at 10am which will go on till 6pm. However, the entry to the fair will close by 5.30pm. Free shuttle service between entry gates and the fair venue will be available for the convenience of the visitors. Entry charge per adult will be Rs 20/- while children/students carrying their ID-card will be charged Rs.10/- per ticket.

Schedule of the fair will be out soon.

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