Shimla Book Fair organized by National Book Trust (NBT), began in Shimla on 12 May, 2012. The fair was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Prem Kumar Dhumal. The fair that started at Indira Gandhi Khel Parisar, Mall Road, Shimla will continue till 17 May. NBT Director, M.A. Sikandar, said that more than 50 publishers from across the country have put their books on display. It was in the year 2001 that the first book fair was held here. Things have improved a lot since then. "An event like “Shimla Book Fair” provides ample opportunities to the both Publishers and Booksellers to display and sell their publications and reach to students, community and public at large under one roof. We are also attempting to invite various schools, colleges, universities, libraries and NGO’s etc. to visit the fair and purchase books in large quantity", said Pradip Chhabra, Deputy Director (Exhibition), NBT.