Purnea (Bihar) [India] : A multilingual essay competition for school and college students of Bihar kicked off on October 2, Gandhi Jayanti, in the memory of former prime minister Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Purnea Lok Sabha Vikas Parishad (PLSVP) has organised the essay competition in which every student from the state is eligible for participation. More than 1000 entries have already come and still counting. The multilingual essay contest is an initiative of former MP and Purnea Lok Sabha Vikas Parishad (PLSVP) patron Uday Singh.
School students of Class 10 and 12 in the state of Bihar can participate in this online competition in School category while Bachelors and Masters course students are welcome to write essay under college category. The essay competition started accepting entries from 8:00 am on October 2nd, 2018 and will be accepted until midnight of October 19, 2018. The results will be declared on the birth anniversary of Vapayee, that is, on December 25, 2018 , on www.atalpratiyogita.com . Eighteen students will be given cash awards worth Rs. 4.50 lakh. The students will also be given a certificate of participation. The participants are free to write the essays in Hindi, Urdu, and English.
Each of the three languages in the essay contest shall have a first, second and third prize. Winner of the first prize from the college section will be given Rs. 50000, the second and third prize winners will receive Rs. 25000 and 15000, respectively. Under the school section, the first prize winner will be given Rs. 25000 while the second and third prize winners will be awarded Rs. 15000 and Rs. 10000, respectively.
Commenting on the competition, Former MP from Purnea Lok Sabha seat and PLSVP patron, Uday Singh, said, “I am pleased to announce that this competition is open for the students. The students can visit the website and upload their essays. The entries will be judged by independent markers who will (at their sole discretion) apply the marking criteria. Teachers from all over the country have been invited to act as Independent markers. They will receive the entrants’ essays