National Book Trust

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National Book Trust
NBT India logo.jpg
Sahitya Akademi
Abbreviation NBT
Formation August 1, 1957; 61 years ago (1957-08-01)
Type GO
Headquarters Vasant Kunj, Delhi
Region served
Official language
English, Hindi
Baldeo bhai Sharma
  • NBT Newsletter
Parent organisation
Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India
Website Official Website

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 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2008-08-10.

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