Mr. Madanlal Khandelwal had always thought and contributed for the betterment of the blind brothers and sisters of India despite living abroad for years. His thoughts and ideas were creative.
He was not a preacher, but he certainly wanted to prove his worth. It is true that he always lived a saintly life. Therefore, the Confederation has been organizing Braille Essay competition to commemorate his contributions for the last five years.
This competition was organized in different languages last year, namely, Hindi, English, Marathi and Tamil. But it has been noticed that we are not getting enough entries from the schools/participants. Therefore, the national Executive Council of the Confederation, in its recent meeting, has decided the following:
About Essay Competition:
- The age limit for the junior group would be reduced from 25 to 18 years of age, so that school-level students are not challenged by college students, and they can participate with open mind and heart.
- Any person who is 19 or more can participate without any hesitation in the senior group.
- It was decided that name, address etc. will not be included in the word limit of the essay.
- The minimum word limit of the essay for senior group shall be 800, and maximum limit shall be 1000 words.
For junior group, minimum word limit shall be 500 and maximum word limit 700.
- The essayist will have to ensure the accuracy of Braille, diction, suitability of style, and interesting presentation of the mentioned facts while writing the essay.
- The essay submitted should be original in nature, and it should not be copied from website or any other source.
- The essayist should use either Braille slate or Braille typewriter to write his/her essay.
- For junior group, the first prize will consist of Rs. 8,000, second 5,000 and the third prize will consist of Rs. 3,000.
- For the senior group, the sum of Rs. 10,000, 7,000 and 4,000 will be awarded to the first, second and third winners respectively.
The topics of the essay for the junior group will be:
‘Visually Impaired Students and Sex Education’, (‘यौन शिक्षा और दृष्टिबाधित छात्र-छात्राएं’) or
‘Which I do prefer more—books in Braille or recorded books—why”? (‘मेरी पसन्द–ब्रेल पुस्तकें या ध्वन्यांकित पुस्तकें–क्यों?’
While the topics for the senior group shall be:
‘India’s Space Research Programme—Utility and Relevance’ (‘भारत का अन्तरिक्ष खोज कार्यक्रम–कितना सार्थक, कितना प्रासंगिक’) or
‘Militancy in India—real causes and prevention solutions’ (‘भारत में आतंकवाद–वास्तविक कारण तथा निदान’).
The essay should reach AICB office by 30th September, 2017.