Dept. of Atomic Energy’s All India Essay Contest on Nuclear Science & Technology, Prizes Worth Rs. 45,000: Submit by Aug 9: Expired

department of atomic energy essay competition
The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, invites essays as per following details written in any official Indian language or in English from regular full time students studying for graduation in India (10+2), in any discipline, in an Indian University or an Institute deemed to be a University. The essay should be submitted by a single author. Those who have won prizes (including consolation prizes) in their earlier contest are not eligible.

  • The essay should begin with an introduction and end with a conclusion.
  • The introduction should highlight the multifarious achievements of DAE in basic sciences and nuclear technology development and how all this has helped in the social development in the country.
  • The introductory portion should not exceed 350 words and should be followed by a detailed essay not exceeding 1500 words in any one of the topics given below.
  • The conclusion should not exceed 150 words.
  • The entire essay should exceed 2000 words.


  1. Nuclear Power for Combating Climate Changes
  • Introduction
  • Current Energy Scenario
  • Energy Security and Sustainability for Future
  • Clean Energy Technologies- Nuclear and Renewable
  • Development of Nuclear Infrastructure in India
  • Economic aspects of Nuclear and other Technologies
  • Advances Safety Technologies and other Practices
  • Optimal Energy Mix for India’s Future- Inevitability of Nuclear Power
  • Generating Public Awareness for Nuclear Power
  • Conclusion

2. Isotopes and Radiation Technology- Impacting the Quality of Life

  • Introduction
  • Basis of Applications of Radioactivity
  • Genesis of Isotope Programs and Current Technologies for Isotope Production
  • Medical Applications and Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Isotopes in Hydrology and Water Management
  • Applications and Agriculture and Food
  • Industrial Application- Tracers and Sealed Sources
  • Innovations in Radiation Processing
  • Environmental Applications for Clean India Mission (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan)
  • Safety Regulations for Radioisotopes and its Applications

3. Role of Power Beams in Clean India Mission

  • Introduction
  • Laser, Plasma and Electron Beam Sources and their unique features
  • Advantages of Power Beams as against Conventional Methods
  • Laser: a Cleaning Tool in Nuclear Industry, heritage conservation and monitoring environment pollution
  • Plasma: role in toxic waste disposal, surface cleaning
  • Electron Beams: Role in tackling Industrial Pollution, food preservation
  • Conclusion

How to Send the Essay

  • The essay should be sent to the address given below, directly by the contestant, along with bonafide student certificate from the Principal of his/her College/Institute.
  • No essay will be accepted if sent by email or telefax.
  • The participant should write his/her name, college/institute, residential address, with contact number and email ID of the student as well as the Institute on a separate detachable sheet to facilitate communicating the results of the Essay.
  • Name or address should not be written elsewhere on the text of the essay.
  • Address: Assistant Administrative Officer, Public Awareness Division, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, Anushakti Bhawan, CSM Marg, Mumbai, 400 001.
  • Email: aaopad@dav.gov.in

Mode of Selection

  • After initial screening and evaluation, a total of 36 essays will be selected and their authors will be invited to Mumbai in the last week of October 2017 for an oral presentation of the essays.
  • Final selections will be made on the basis of both- performance in oral presentation and quality of the written essay.
  • Candidates are permitted to make powerpoint presentations.
  • Only the candidates shortlisted for the oral presentations will be informed.
  • No other correspondence in this matter will be entertained.
  • Those called for oral presentation i Mumbai should be eligible for:

a) To and fro AC 3-tier rail fare by the shortest route. Claim for reimbursement of rail fare for journey performed by Rajdhani/August Kranti/Shatabdi Express will be will be restricted to AC 3- tier by ordinary Express/Mail Train.
b) Boarding and lodging in Guest House of BARC at Anushaktinagar, Mumbai during the authorised period of stay.

  • First Prize (3 nos.) One for each topic: Rs. 21,000
  • Second┬áPrize (3 nos.) One for each topic: Rs. 14,000
  • Third Prize (3 nos.) One for each topic: Rs. 7,000

Important Dates

  • Prize Distribution: Monday, October 30, 2017
  • Last Day of Receipt of Essay: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
For more information on the competition, click here.

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