Prior to 1986, Punjabi books were being published only in poetry and prose categories. MKT took the initiative of announcing awards for books written in other categories, such as children’s books, religious, scientific, vocational, research and books in general category. Unpublished manuscripts were accepted by the Trust initially, as an encouragement and incentive to the writers of these additional categories.
Encouraged by the MKT awards, books in these additional categories began to appear in bookshops. The readership showed signs of increase, as better quality books became available, resulting in the long-awaited improved financial benefits for the down trodden Punjabi writers.
Historically, Punjabi writers have been denied patronage from the Government and private sector. Writers had to face financial hardships and difficulties in getting their books published. The Trust through its financial assistance programme has been directly instrumental in the encouragement and uplift of the Punjabi writers in Pakistan.
Punjabi Classical and Sufi Poetry recitation competition, between the students of schools and colleges of Punjab, has attained recognition and status of its own as a competition where only talent and merit is considered supreme.
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