National Book Trust

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National Book Trust India
NBT India logo.jpg
NBT India
FormationAugust 1, 1957; 62 years ago (1957-08-01)
HeadquartersVasant Kunj, Delhi
Region served
Official language
English, Hindi
Govind prasad sharma
  • NBT Newsletter
Parent organisation
Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India

National Book Trust (NBT) is an Indian publishing house, founded in 1957 as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Education of the Government of India. NBT now functions under aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India

India's first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru envisioned that NBT would be a bureaucracy-free structure that would publish low-cost books.[1] They publish a monthly Newsletter about recent publications.

The activities of the Trust include publishing, promotion of books and reading, promotion of Indian books abroad, assistance to authors and publishers, and promotion of children’s literature. NBT publishes reading material in several Indian languages for all age-groups, including books for children and neo-literates.

NBT's children's books are known for their illustrations, by illustrators such as Pulak Biswas, Jagdish Joshi, Mrinal Mitra, Subir Roy, Atanu Roy, Manjula Padmanabhan, Mickey Patel and Suddhasattwa Basu. Painters Jatin Das and Krishen Khanna have also illustrated books for the Trust.


  1. ^ "About NBT: History". NBT website. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2008.

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