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    Publications Division


    Publications Division, a media unit of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, provides up-to-date and authentic information on all subjects of national importance at home and abroad through books and journals in English, Hindi and major Indian languages. It has emerged as the largest publishing house of the Government of India.

    The division was set up as part of the Home department in January 1941 and was then known as Foreign Branch of Bureau of Public Information. In 1943, the office was transferred to the then Department of Information and Broadcasting and was re-designated as Publications Division in December 1944.

    The books and journals brought out by the division cover subjects on art and culture, flora and fauna, travel and tourism, biographies of eminent persons, speeches of presidents and prime ministers and literature for women and children.

    The publications also include books on popular science, education, history, fine arts, ecology, projecting various shades of India's unity in diversity besides works of reference.

    The division publishes 21 journals in English, Hindi and regional languages. 'Employment News' is brought out in English and 'Rozgar Samachar' in Hindi and Urdu. It has a circulation of over five lakh copies every week.

    'Kurukshetra', a monthly journal in English and Hindi, is devoted to project the all-round development, achievements and experience under the plans in the field of rural reconstruction and cooperation.

    The monthly journals, `Ajkal' (Hindi) and `Ajkal' (Urdu) are mainly devoted to literature and culture. 'Bal Bharati' is a popular journal for children. `Yojana' is brought out in 13 languages. It seeks to carry the message of the Five Year plans and national economic policies to all sections of people.

    The division is also the publisher of 'India--A Reference Manual' and 'Mass Media in India' both compiled by the Research, Reference and Training Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.