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Invitation to the youth

The response to this Event over the years has been heart -warming.  The topics we give you each year are unusual and challenging and we are happy to find that many of you inevitably get to their essence. For the past two years we have been posting the top winning essays on our website and they stand testimony to the fact that many of you are able to go to the depth of the subject and intuitively apprehend its significance for your own lives. Last year we received over 178,000 essays from more than 12,000 educational institutions across India. However, more than just these numbers, we are happy to share with you the feeling of our evaluation team that the quality of essays in terms of reflecting the originality of thought process has been steadily improving. The main purpose of this Event is to encourage you to introspect on a subject which is not usually a part of academic curricula but has a significance for our lives as human beings. We have always felt that the reward for an Event such as this is in the participation itself. The fact that very few of you, so far, would have received recognition in terms of a prize, yet so many of you have been participating in this Event for the past several years with enthusiasm, and look forward to it each year, has given us great encouragement. 

With joy and hope, as always, we invite you to participate in the All India Essay Writing Event 2014! This prestigious annual event is a collaborative effort of the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan [UNIC] and Shri Ram Chandra Mission [SRCM] – a non-profit, educational and spiritual service organisation – to celebrate the International Day of Youth observed on the 12th of August every year.

Both organisations are dedicated to the creation of a peaceful human society founded upon love and harmony, and they believe that this can best be achieved by the inculcation of moral and spiritual values in the younger generation whom YOU represent, and in whom lies the hope of a better tomorrow.

Your willingness to participate in this event is, to us, a silent but effective expression of your concern for the state of our world and your recognition of the crucial role that youth must play in the creation of a new world inhabited by capable and balanced individuals. Therefore, as in past years, we once again urge YOU to apply your mind and search your heart as you pen down your personal understanding of these topics.


Essay Event

The All-India Essay Writing Event is organised each year in numerous educational institutions across the country. There are two categories of participation, and students have the freedom to express themselves in the following languages: English, Hindi and Telugu.

Participation is open to the following two categories:

Category 1 is for students of classes 9 to 12. To participate under this category you need to go through your school. When the Essay Writing Event is announced in your school, get in touch with the teacher in charge of the Event. Please ensure that you have the correct topic for your category and that the description of the topic is exactly the same as on the brochure. Obtain a copy of the Participant Information Slip which is to be completed by you and attached securely to the essay that you submit to your institution. In case your school is not participating in the Essay Writing Event and you wish to do so, you may get in touch with us at essayevent@srcm.org, giving your name, address and contact number.

Category 2 is for those attending an Under Graduate or Post Graduate program in any educational institution. If you wish to participate under this category, you need to get in touch with the coordinator for your institution. In case the details of the coordinator are not available or you are unable to get in touch with the concerned person, mail a request to us at essayevent@srcm.org with the address of your institution. Before submitting the essay, please ensure that the completed Participant Information Slip is securely attached to it.

All eligible and willing candidates from a participating institution must submit their entries to the institution's designated authorities by 12 August 2014. If you are not enrolled with an institution for study or have opted for a distance learning course/program, you are also eligible to participate, provided you are 28 years of age or younger as of 25 August 2014. You need to write to us at essayevent@srcm.org, giving your name, postal address and telephone number/s. We will direct you to our designated representative for your area with whom you can coordinate your participation. Please get in touch with us in sufficient time to enable you to submit your essay to our designated representative before the due date (25 August 2014).


Topics for 2014

Category 1 [Classes 9 through 12]

"This above all: to thine own self be true."

- Shakespeare


Category 2 [UG and PG]

"To be truthful is to be human."

The specific rules and guidelines for writing the essay, common to both categories of participants, are contained in the brochure under the section, "Rules and Guidelines". Please go through these carefully before starting to write the essay.

We are also making available to our participants the criteria on which the essays will be evaluated.

We hope this will help you understand what we expect from an essay produced for this event.

It is sincerely hoped that your experience of writing the essay for this event is both enjoyable and educative.


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