The Publications Division of the
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has played a pioneering
role in the growth and development of book industry in post-Independence
India. The Division, which has descended in some ways from the
department set up by the British Government to conduct propaganda
against the Axis Powers during World War-II, brought out periodicals
in not only English, Hindi and Urdu, but also in some foreign languages,
e.g. Persian, Arabic and Russian. Its publications included the
Arabic version (abridged) of David Copperfield and the Ramayana in a Russian
fortnightly. It had its own printing press. While many other departments
engaged in counter-propaganda, e.g., films and entertainment, exhibition
etc. were wound up, the government, recognizing that providing information
was the key to progress, retained this department.
It was the Publications Division that carried the message of the
Five Year Plans to the people and
produced books of general interest and magazines largely for informing
or motivating the people.
(PD) is one of the leading publishing houses of the country and the largest
in public sector. It is
a repository of books and journals for highlighting matters of national
importance and India’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.
It holds the exclusive mandate for preserving national heritage
and disseminating information through the production and sale of
low priced, quality reading material on subjects of national importance.
The subjects range from art, history, culture, biographies of eminent
persons, land and people, flora and fauna, children’s literature,
science and technology and Gandhian Literature to work of reference like India – A Reference
Annual. The Division also brings out selected speeches of the Presidents
and Prime Ministers of India. With
headquarters at Delhi, the Division functions through its various
field units – Sales Emporia at New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Patna, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram and Yojana
Offices at New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Guwahati,
Hyderabad and Bangalore. The offices of Employment News and Journals
Unit are located in New Delhi.
It carries out sales of publications through its own sale outlets
located at important cities as well as through the agents. It also
takes part in exhibitions and book fairs to promote sale of books
It has so far published
more than 7600 titles, out of which 1500 titles are live on date.
Besides books, the Publications
Division brings out 21 Journals on issues of national importance
and social purpose viz:
Bal Bharati, the popular
children’s monthly in Hindi, is being published regularly since
1948. Its objective is to provide healthy entertainment to children
while educating them at the same time and also inculcating in them
human values and scientific temper through short stories, poems,
picture stories and informative articles.
Ajkal, the prestigious
literary magazine in Hindi and Urdu, brings out a number of special
issues and covers different aspects of Indian culture and literature.
Yojana, the flagship
journal of the Division seeks to carry the message of planned development
to all sections of society and serves as a forum to promote a healthy
discussion representing a cross-section of views on socio-economic
aspects of development. Yojana, which is published in 13 languages,
presents an all India perspective while highlighting regional development,
innovations and initiatives.
Kurukshetra, the journal
on rural development is serving as a forum for exchange of ideas
on programmes, policies and implementation status of development efforts in the rural sector.
published in English, Hindi and Urdu every week is the largest circulated
career guide today. It carries information about job vacancies in
Central/State Government departments, public sector undertakings,
educational institutions and reputed private organisations. Its
editorial pages include a lead article, diary of events, letters
to the editors, quotations, articles on the world of science, besides
those on career guidance and other matters of use to examinees.
Awards: The Bharatendu Harishchandra Awards, originally instituted
to encourage original creative writing in Hindi on mass communication,
are also given for children’s literature, women’s problems and national
The Division has entered
in the field of e-publishing through its Multi-Media Interactive
CD project. It aims at projecting the varied cultural opulence of
India among the new-media friendly generation in India and abroad.
The multi-media interactive CD-ROM not only includes Audio Visual
documentation on the subject but also an electronic book of selected
important writings on the subject, interactive quiz, hyper-links
to concerned websites and wherever possible, virtual walk throughs
and virtual reality features. Our CDs are the first of their kind
produced by the Government.
The following multimedia interactive
e-books in CD format are available:
- A World Heritage Monument
The CD contains the following topics: =Location
=History =Architecture= Paintings= Events and
- A World Heritage and Tourist Destination
The CD contains the following: =History =Art & Architecture =Monuments and Museums =National Resources =Towns and Markets =Fairs and Festivals =Music and Dance = People and Life Style = Food and Beaches
- Covering Rock Paintings to Modern Arts
The CD has the following sections: =Murals =Manuscript
Paintings (Pala and Jain) =Mughal Miniatures
Miniatures =Company Paintings= Rock Art
Tribal Art and =the Modern
The interactive section includes =Film =A walkthrough
=E-book =Konark =History =Architecture
and Sculpture Art =Sun Temple
Complex & Adjoining Monuments =Photo Gallery and nearby sites.
Legacy of Adi Shankara
-Culture & Knowledge
Tourism in India
The legacy of Adi Shankara is well-explained in the Multi-media
interactive CD. It presents a detailed description of the life and
works of Adi Shankara and carries audio of our popular hymns composed
by him as also the video footage of the multi-tradition established
-A Spiritual Symphony in Stone
(A World Heritage Buddhist Monument)
The interactive section includes =Glimpses
of Sanchi =A virtual
walkthrough =E-book =Snippets
Qutub and Mehrauli Complex
-A World Heritage Monument
The CD contains =Qutub Complex =Qutub Minar =Quwwat-ul-Islam
Mosque =Iron Pillar
Tomb =Alai Darwaza
=Quiz =E-book =History =Virtual walkthrough.