National Essay Competitions to be Held Every Month
As part of the year-long Nagrik Kartavya Paalan Abhiyan being observed throughout the country, HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched the portal, kartavya.ugc.ac.in in New Delhi on the occasion of the Constitution Day. The portal will be used primarily for holding monthly essay competitions for students as well as other activities like quizzes, debates, poster making etc pertaining to Nagrik Kartavya Paalan Abhiyan.
Announcing this, the minister said, “The Nagrik Kartavya Paalan Abhiyan will give direction to the youth of the country. This will make them aware that rights are automatically realised when we follow our duties religiously. This principle will help students to channelise their talents and capabilities in the right direction which will help them realise their mission with ease.” He also informed that the Department of Higher Education will be holding eleven rounds of National Essay Competitions during the year and the topics of the essay will be based on one Fundamental Duty every month.
The competition will be held online through the infrastructure and testing centres of National Testing Agency and will be open for every student registered in any higher education institution in the country. Registration for the essay competitions can be done through the Kartavya portal. The choice of centres for writing the essays will be made available to contestants when they do the online registration. The essays can be written in Hindi or English. There will be four prizes worth Rs 15000, Rs 12000, Rs 10000 and Rs 7500. There shall be no costs on participants.