Vice President Faisal Naseem has affirmed the administration's unwavering dedication to advancing writers.
VP Naseem made these remarks while speaking at the ceremony held at the Maldives National University (MNU) to unveil a collection of books published under the 'University Book Writing Grant on Wednesday.
During his speech, Vice President Naseem stated that the administration recognizes that writers play a crucial role in society, shaping narratives and sparking conversations that drive progress.
The Vice President stated that the administration remains steadfast in its efforts to foster an environment conducive to the growth and development of these talented individuals.
Furthermore, the Vice President underscored the critical role of writing and literature in disseminating knowledge within societies.
Vice President Naseem went onto commend the university's initiative in successfully implementing the 'University Book Writing Grant,' which serves as a catalyst for academic writing. He noted that three authors have already published their works this year, thanks to the 'University Book Writing Grant' funding.
In his address, the Vice President also highlighted the significance of the Dhivehi language, asserting that our mother tongue is a unique identifier of our identity.
After the ceremony, the Vice President inaugurated the 'MNU Book Fair 2023' and hosted a tour of the event at the university premises.
The fair, which commenced at the central campus of MNU, on Wednesday, is scheduled to run until September 22, 2023. As a vibrant marketplace, it connects authors and booksellers with enthusiastic readers. The fair is a platform showcasing gifted local writers' multilingual work.
This year's event is marked by the participation of 23 exhibitors, further enriching the literary landscape.