1. The Election Commission of India Annual National Essay Contest on Election & Democracy for young and bright minds
The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced the “The Election Commission of India Annual National Essay Contest on Election & Democracy,” conducted by India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) & Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana. The competition started on 2nd October 2021, and 21st November 2021 will be the last day for the submission of the entries. There are two topics for the competition, namely:
Topic 1: ‘Legal Framework for Social Media Regulations During Elections’.
Topic 2: ‘The ECI’s Role in Protecting and Preserving Electoral Democracy’.
It will provide an opportunity for young minds from law schools to research the laws and policy governing elections in India, said the Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sushil Chandra, while encouraging people for the competition.
Further, other authoritative figures commented on the importance of the contest, including the Election Commissioner, Shri Rajiv Kumar observed,
‘It is an initiative to sensitize, develop, harness and sharpen the talent of students and provide an annual competitive opportunity to express their understanding of the Constitution, Law, and the electoral process.’
Election Commissioner Shri Anup Chandra Pandey further elaborated on the topics given and mentioned it is essential to go through various Constitutional and legal aspects of the democratic process in general and electoral provisions in particular.
The essay competition is open to students pursuing law in an Indian Law University, Institute or College and will be held online. English and Hindi languages are acceptable.
The Originality of the content, Formatting & Presentation, Quality of Research, Argumentation and Use of Authorities and citations are the five criteria for evaluation.
Prize money of Rs. 1 Lakh has been set for the winner. More details regarding the contest here.
Our Observations: Topic one, as the title suggests, emphasis the importance of legal frameworks involved in Social Media Regulations and a chance to the young minds who are the major users or influencers of social media to come up with thoughts and ideas around the topic. After all, the country’s future is the young talent. Dear mothers and sisters you can encourage your children or siblings pursuing law to take up this opportunity.
2. International Webinar – Working towards a cause
In another attempt towards a more inclusive environment and to bring an effective change in the future, the ECI will be conducting an International webinar to encourage active electoral participation for women, senior citizens, and people with disabilities. The webinar is going to be held on 26th November 2021. The timings are as follows:
11:00 AM to 6:15 PM (IST) and 05.30 hrs to 12.45 (GMT).
You can register yourself for the webinar here.
The webinar aims to share the best practices and new initiatives of the ECI.
3. Aazadi ka Amrit Mahotsav – It’s time to bring out your Inner Patriot
#UnityInCreativity – It’s time to express your creativity and love for India!
1. Deshbhakti Geet Contest
Art and music, drama and dance hold a special place in hearts, and it has been a constant reminder of how beautiful and lively life can be. They have been a strength to the country as well, holding everyone together since the times of Independence. So to celebrate the 75th year of Independence, unleash your creativity and participate in the’ Deshbhakti Geet’ contest in a bid to honour various cultures and their art forms.
Participants have to write their patriotic songs reflecting a new India. These songs could be in the national language, mother tongue or English. People between the ages of 16-45 are welcome to participate.
The competition will be held in four stages respectively:
- Tehsil or Taluka level
- District Level- the best ones will be advanced towards the district level.
- State or UT level- winners at the district level will further compete for state/ UT level prizes.
- National level- the winners at the state level will compete at the national level. The winners at this level will be provided with a national platform.
The following schedule mentions the dates for the event.
- The launch will take place in New Delhi on 31/10/2021
- The Tehsil / Taluka Level will be held virtually on a website from 31/10/2021 to 31/01/2022
- The District Level will be held at TBD from 15/02/ 2022 to 28/02/2022
- The State Level will be held at TBD from 10/03/2022 to 31/03/2022
- The National Level will be held at TBD from 13/04/2022
To participate, you can visit here.
2. Rangoli Making Contest
Apart from the patriotic song event participate in the Rangoli making competition, open for ages 16-45. The participants shall make physical rangolis related to freedom movement pictures of heroes of the freedom struggle or events of our independence movement.
Three stages i.e the District Level, The State Level and The National Level will be included in the competition.
The dates are as follows:
- District Level- 31/10/2021 to 14/01/2022
- State Level- 20/01/2022 to 28/01/2022
- National Level- 05/02/2022
Registrations are open till 15th December 2021 so get yourself registered here.
3. Patriotic Lori Contest
Open for all people, the Lori contest requires participants to submit Lullabies related to patriotism, focusing on the vision of modern India. The participant can choose their language however, their mother tongue would be encouraged.
The competition will be held in 3 stages on the respective dates:
- District Level- 31/10/2021 to 31/01/2022
- State Level- 10/02/2022 to 28/02/2022
- National Level- 08/03/2022
Click here to participate.