Publication Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has invited entries for awards in journalism and mass communication for the year 2003. The awards, under the Bhartendu Harishchandra Award Scheme, are conferred to encourage original and creative writing in Hindi on the subjects related to various disciplines of Mass Communication – journalism, advertising, radio, television, film, printing, publications etc. These awards also cover women’s issues, national integration and children’s literature.
The top three cash prizes are worth Rs 35,000, Rs 25,000 and Rs 20,000, respectively. There are five consolation prizes of Rs 5,000 each. Under Women’s Issues, the award will be given to women writers for books on current issues concerning status of women in society. The first prize carries an amount of Rs 15,000 while the second prize is worth Rs 10,000. Two National Integration Awards of Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 will be given for books on topics relating to national integration. Under the Children’s Literature category, the first award of Rs 15,000 and a second award of Rs 10,000 will be given away.
The awards are open to all Indian authors for their books and manuscripts written during the period from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003. The I&B Ministry will constitute four evaluation committees for judging the awards.