“Children’s Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world to honor children globally. In India, Children’s Day also known as Bal Divas, is celebrated across the country to increase awareness towards the rights, care and education of children.
It is celebrated on November 14 every year, coinciding with the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, also called as ‘Chacha Nehru’. Nehru is often cited as saying that children should always be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow. Bal Diwas was first celebrated in 1964 after the death of Pandit Nehru.
Jawaharlal Nehru aimed “to convert India’s economy into that of a modern state and to fit her into the globalized world.” Nehru understood that India had not been at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution, and hence made an effort to promote higher education, and science and technology in India. Inauguration of the first Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur in West Bengal, in 1951 was one of the many initiatives that Prime Minister Nehru took towards the spreading of the culture of innovation in the country.
As per a report published in the Times of India, on November 14, 2014, when asked about the significance of Bal Divas, 11 year old Shaheen said, “Baal to sabke hote hai, isme mithai kyon baatein? (Everyone has hair; why distribute sweets to celebrate the day?). Like many other kids working on the streets, November 14 was just another day for Shaheen and her friends who work as rag pickers on the Sahastradhara trenching ground.
This was true of most kids earning a living who were unaware of the celebrations happening around the country. Busy washing tea cups outside a chai stall on Rajpur Road, Deepu, who lives in a slum close to the Rispana river, drew a blank when asked about Nehru. “Who is he? Is he one of our customers,” he whispered, even as his employer hollered at him to carry on with the dishes.
Thus, in an effort to spread awareness about the importance of education and innovation amongst children, IP4Kids, a CSR Initiative of S.S. Rana & Co., is organizing an Essay Competition on Children’s Day on the theme, “Education and Innovation: Towards a better India“
Young minds are encouraged to focus on the theme of Children’s Day, and hence may contemplate writing on topics related to –
- Favorite Scientist
- Favorite Innovation
- Importance of Education
- Right to Education
Last date for Submission-
November 13, 2016.
- School students are invited to submit their essays focusing on themes relating to innovation, technology, science, education, etc. before the deadline of November 13, 2016.
- Qualified Experts and Judges appointed by IP4kids and S.S. Rana & Co. will select the best 3 essays.
- Following this, the winners will be announced in IP©onnect, S. Rana & Co‘s weekly newsletter on November 15, 2016.
Rules for Participation-
- The competition is open only to students belonging to the following Categories –
Class – V to VIII – Category A
Class – IX to XII – Category B
- The participants shall mention the following on the front page in bold letters–
- a) Name of the participant(s);
- b) Name of the School;
- c) Contact details including phone number and postal address;
- e) Participants should mention “IP4Kids – Children’s Day Essay Competition” in subject line;
- Entries must be original and in English language only;
- Only a single entry will be accepted from one person. Co-authorship (up to 2 authors) is also permitted;
- The competition is open to essays of up to 1,000 words. Entries outside the word limitation will be disqualified;
- The essay shall be disqualified if it is plagiarized. Due credit should be given to the concerned author and/or publisher(s) in Bibliography and/or Reference, as the case may be, in proper 19th bluebook edition;
- Summary of the best essay will be published in IP©onnect on November 15, 2016;
- The copyrights of the essay shall be vested with IP4kids and S.S. Rana & Co.;
- All entries are to be sent by e-mail to email@example.com;
- All entries are to be sent only in MS Word (.doc or .docx) or .pdf format.
- The Awards would be given to the top three students in each catogory;
- The winner will be awarded cash prize worth INR 3,000 along with a certificate.
- Second and third runner ups in each category would be presented prize(s) worth INR 2,000 and INR 1,000 respectively along with certificates;
- Other deserving participants shall also be presented with certificates;
For further information, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 91-11-3056 2000.
Note: The competition intends to provide a platform to the students to share their views and to raise IPR awareness among them. The decision of the Judges shall be final. The organizers of the competition reserve all rights to change the date of announcements of the results and/or the date of announcements and publication of the results. The organizers also reserve the rights to withdraw any or both categories of awards if the entries thus received do not meet the aforesaid criteria. The organizers also reserve all the rights for Publication and reproduction of essay/write ups, due credit in this regard shall be given to the author(s).