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Atal Innovation Mission & UNDP hosts 3 day Youth Co:Lab National Innovation Challenge

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) NITI Aayog and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sunday hosted a three day long Youth Co:Lab -national innovation challenge here in Delhi after a series of successful challenges held in past two phases across the country.

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Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) NITI Aayog and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sunday hosted a three day long Youth Co:Lab -national innovation challenge here in Delhi after a series of successful challenges held in past two phases across the country.

With efforts of AIM and UNDP to support young people by catalysing youth-led innovation, empowering them through Youth Co:Lab, four winning teams made it the list to represent India at the Youth Co:Lab Regional Innovation Challenge in Malaysia slated to be held in April this year.

Youth Co: Lab launched in collaboration by AIM and UNDP earlier, aims at fostering technology, promoting youth leadership and social entrepreneurship in India.

As a part of the first phase of Youth Co: Lab’s national innovation challenge, a series of innovation challenges were held in four cities– Jyothy Foundation (Bengaluru), AIC – Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini Foundation (Mumbai), AIC – Prestige Inspire Foundation (Indore) and AIC – Mahamana Foundation For Innovation and Entrepreneurship – IM-BHU (Varanasi).

The event saw the participation of more than 60 teams from which top 15 winning teams contested in the National Innovation Challenge in Delhi. Another 15 teams had been chosen via the nomination method from the pool of start-ups incubated at the Atal Incubation Centres.

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Following this, UNDP and Atal Innovation Mission hosted a three day Youth Co: Lab National Innovation Challenge, 17-19 January 2020 in Delhi in which 30 selected teams participated.

While the first two days focussed on equipping these young change makers with entrepreneurial and 21st century skills to refine their solutions, the final day, saw them present their innovative ideas in front of a jury comprising of key ecosystem enablers.

Sharing his views about the national innovation challenge, Mission Director AIM R Ramanan, said, “We are proud to have partnered with UNDP for this important initiative and are proud to announce that around 300 teams have participated in Youth Co: Lab and over 30 teams in finalists have presented their solutions. Many of them will have the opportunity to avail themselves of world class incubators set up by the AIM as well as the UNDP accelerator program for them to realise their potential and convert their innovation into product that could be used by the millions.”

He added that it will enable young students from all over the country and all over the world to participate in ideation and coming up with innovative solutions to many of the problems faced by the word aligned with the SDGs.

The top two teams will be fully funded, while the next two teams will be partially funded for the final summit. The four teams will also participate in the Regional Springboard Programme. Further, Top eight teams will get incubated at the Atal Incubation Centres and receive support from UNDP to enhance their impact management for a year.

 While speaking on the occasion Ms Shoko Noda, Resident Representative, UNDP India said that ‘‘We at UNDP believe in the power of young people to be change makers in our society. Young people are a central part of the endeavour in achieving the SDGs. Youth Co:Lab is unleashing youth’s creativity, potential and innovation. Through this engagement, we are seeing real impact on their lives, on the issues that matter to them and the future of our planet. 

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Co-created in 2017 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Citi Foundation, Youth Co:Lab aims to establish a common agenda for Asia-Pacific countries to invest in and empower youth to accelerate implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship. 

By developing 21st century skills, catalysing and sustaining youth-led start-ups and social enterprises across the region, Youth Co:Lab is positioning young people front and centre in order to solve the region’s most pressing challenges. 

With presence in over 20 countries in Asia and the Pacific, Youth Co:Lab was launched in India last year in October, in collaboration with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog. 

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Robotraffic Competition By Israel Institute of Technology For Indian Students

Israel Institute of Technology opens its 11th annual Nadav Shoham Robotraffic competition for Indian students

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This is the 11th (Virtual) Nadav Shoham Robotraffic Competition organised by Israel Institute of Technology, the competition commences on 14 March 2021. The virtual contest goes on for five days, from March 14 to 18, 2021. 

Israel Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Mechanical Engineering is responsible for the 11th consecutive competition which is open for Indian students as well, specifically classes 10 & 12. For this, children will need a guiding teacher and can have a team consisting of 1 to 8 members.

Here are the guidelines released by the institute:

Goals

  • Develop sensors and systems to be implemented in the industry to reduce the number of car accidents
  • Expose students to the high tech multi-disciplinary area of robots and sensors
  • Build team-work capabilities

The main challenge is to build an autonomous robotic car model that can move according to the traffic rules, obey traffic lights and sign signals, and keep a safe distance from other cars.

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Competition Categories

Careful Driving/Racing/Reverse Parking

Traffic safety initiatives/3D CAD

  • The teams can compete in one or more categories

The first-place winners in the Careful Driving category receive a full one-year scholarship to Technion International undergraduate degree program!

Watch the Robotraffic steps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcOkzNEwA58

Application: https://int.technion.ac.il/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Robotraffic-registration-form.pdf

For more information, please contact: [email protected]

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Rules

  1. Teams should consist of 1-8 students from the same school
  2. Student participants must be between 10-12 grade
  3. A teacher can act as an advisor, but the construction needs to be done by the students.

Submission

Deadline for registration: December 31, 2020, 23:59 (based on local time in Israel)

Deadline for submission: March 1, 2021, 23:59 (based on local time in Israel)

Source: https://robotraffic.net.technion.ac.il/robotraffic-rules/

https://int.technion.ac.il/programs/robotraffic/

 

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Attention Schools! Get Ready For a Tech-Enabled Competition by Khan Academy. 

This Khan Academy Competition is the way to win exciting prizes and learn skills at the same time, live from 1 Oct to 24 Dec

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WHAT IS LEARNSTORM?

LearnStorm is Khan Academy’s free, global program that gives teachers a fun way to help students gain skills, foster growth mindsets, and build the spirit of teamwork. It is a collaborative, tech-enabled storm of learning that the whole class can get involved in regardless of their level! 

Running successfully in the US and other countries since 2015, it launched in India in 2018 and is heading into the third edition. It's filled with learning & excitement and lots of rewards and recognition for participants.

LearnStorm 2020 Program Design

  1. Open to all students from classes 3-12. 
  2. School administrators/teachers have to nominate classes that will participate in this challenge. There is no restriction on the number of classes that can participate.
  3. Classes can participate in ANY OF THE multiple subjects except for Official SAT Practice available on Khan Academy.
  4. Nominated classes will compete with each other on completing assignments CONTRIBUTORY TO THEIR LEARNING GOALS over 3 months.
  5. Progress of classes in the competition OF THE ASSIGNMENTS PICKED BY THEIR TEACHER IN LINE WITH THEIR LEARNING GOALS can be tracked through the LearnStorm tracker on the teacher dashboard.

The competition is live from Oct 1 to Dec 24, 2020!

As students progress through LearnStorm, they earn limited-edition digital badges to collect and display on their Khan Academy virtual profiles. First 1000 classrooms (minimum 10 students in a class) who enrol will win digital vouchers! 10 schools will be selected as Keep Going, Keep Growing Award winners and 1 school will be their Grand Winner! 

Source: https://learnstormin.khanacademy.org/

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Here’s How You Can Participate in ‘Study Australia Video’ Competition 2020

Introduce students to the Study Australia Video Competition and help them win a chance to get selected to study at the top universities in Australia

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Study Australia Video Competition is an opportunity for you to experience Australian education and engage with premier Australian universities.

  1. Students from grades 9-12 students across India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are eligible to participate.

  2. Each team should consist of two students and one member of the teaching staff.

  3. The students will have to demonstrate their English language skills and develop a short 3-minute video on a topic nominated by the partner institution in Australia. More information about the themes can be found below.

  4. Teams should pick from one of the five themes.

  5. Each school can nominate a maximum of 20 teams. One team can participate only in one' theme' (multiple entries per team are prohibited)

  6. The winners will be chosen from any of the three participating countries – India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

For more information about Studying in Australia click here

What will the winning teams get?

The winning teams for each theme will receive a prize of three Mini Apple iPads (Wi-Fi + Cellular, 64GB) awarded by the partner Australian university.

This is a competition for school students in South Asia and thus an opportunity for them to compete with their peers in the region. This competition also presents an opportunity for the winning schools to be featured in publicity campaigns related to this competition. The winning videos will be promoted through social media.

This competition is organized by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission along with Macquarie University, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, University of Sydney, University of Wollongong, Synapse Medical, NIB Health Funds Limited and Allianz Partners.

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Competition themes

University

Theme

Macquarie University

Future of work – What is your dream future job?

The University of Queensland

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Where the Wild Things Are: How COVID-19 has impacted the ecology of wildlife

The University of Western Australia

Building circular cities

University of Sydney

Lockdown Blues – "Design an innovative solution that improves mental health for people facing increased stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

University of Wollongong

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Important Dates

September 2020 -Competition launch

The competition will be launched on the 21st September 2020 in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Teams must register for the competition and ensure you choose a theme from the participating universities. Teams should be made up of two students from grades 9 – 12 and a member teaching staff.

September-November 2020 -Create your video and submit

The competition ends on 23rd November 2020 – students must upload their 3-minute videos before this date. The judging process will take place between 23rd November 2020 to 30th November 2020.

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November 2020 – Winners announced

The winners will be announced on 1st December 2020. Winners will be chosen from any of the three participating countries (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh).

December 2020

Prize distribution.

*Please note: Dates are subject to change.

What are the next steps?

Register… create and upload… win and experience 'Studying with Australia'.

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  1. Your video must be  in English and for 3 minutes in length

  2. We suggest teachers/schools help their students to register early

  3. Follow the university videos provided below to explore competition themes 

  4. Register as teams of three (Two students and one teacher)      

  5. Be innovative! Create a winning video using digital technology and follow COVID safety rules

  6.  Your video should be uploaded on YouTube and link be submitted to us through the confirmation email before 23rd November. Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances.

  7. Students should have necessary permissions from both the school and their parents otherwise their submission might get disqualified 

  8. If you have any doubts, please read the FAQs section

Disclaimer: World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, as well as national and local public health authority guidelines, should be followed during the filming process. No student or teacher should put themselves or their families at risk while undertaking this project. Collaborating students should avoid travelling outside their homes. Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Refer to the competition guidelines (PDF 442.6KB) for more information.

Source: https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/india/study-australia-video-competition-2020/video-competition-landing

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Here’s How Educators, Students & Parents Can Participate in ‘My NEP’ Competition

The ‘My NEP Competition’ has contests like posters-making, shooting short films, creating memes, essay-writing, writing tweet threads, etc.

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Minister of Education, India, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank,’ posted on his twitter inviting educators, students and parents alike to participate in the My NEP Competition. It is about finding out how well one knows about the recently released National Education Policy. The entries can be sent anytime between 25 Sept to 2 Oct 2020.

 

 

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Eligibility

The Competition is valid only for Indian citizens, residing in India and shall take place pan India.

Competition Categories

Class 9th To 12th:

  1. 2 Min. Speech
  2. Handmade Poster
  3. Letter to PM
  4. 300 words Essay
  5. Meme Making

Undergraduate & above:

  1. Short Film
  2. Digital Poster Making
  3. Painting/Handmade poster
  4. Minimum 8 Tweet Thread
  5. Meme Making

Citizen’s Category (Open to all):

  1. Short Film
  2. Digital Poster Making
  3. Painting/Handmade poster
  4. Minimum 8 Tweet Thread
  5. Meme Making

Competition Topics

Category-I: 9 TO 12 STANDARD

1. Painting Competition

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  1. You are free to make digital/handmade poster around the theme (NEP)
  2. You can make any form of painting – colour/sketch/cartoon as per your interest
  3. You can choose any size or type of paper you need to make your painting
  4. One participant can post only one single painting and not more
  5. The designs should be original
  6. The final submission must be made by posting a scanned/clicked photo of your painting/poster along with the hashtag #NewNEPNewIndia and tag us @MyNEPinon Facebook/Twitter/Instagram

2. Meme Making Competition

  1. One must use positive images to illustrate their point
  2. Use of obscene images, abusive words or any similar content is strictly prohibited
  3. The final submission must be made by posting the photo of your meme along with the hashtag #NewNEPNewIndia and tag us @MyNEPinon Facebook/Twitter/ Instagram

3. Letter To The Prime Minister Competition

  1. The letter must be addressed to the Prime Minister
  2. The letter can be both handwritten or typed
  3. There is no word limit
  4. The content of the letter should strictly adhere to the theme of the competition, i.e., National Education Policy
  5. The final submission must be made by posting a scanned/clicked/typed photo of your letter along with the hashtag #NewNEPNewIndia and tag us @MyNEPinon Facebook/Twitter/Instagram

4. Two MinsSpeech Competition

  1. The video of your speech can be recorded in any language
  2. The video must not be more than 2 minutes
  3. The video must be shot from your rear camera and NOT by the front camera
  4. Use of any unparliamentary language is strictly prohibited failing to which, your participation will stand cancelled
  5. The final submission must be made by posting the video along with the hashtag #NewNEPNewIndia and tag us @MyNEPinon Facebook/Twitter/Instagram

5. Short Essay Competition

  1. The essay must not be more than 300 words
  2. The content of the essay should strictly adhere to the theme of the competition, i.e., National Education Policy
  3. The final submission must be made by posting a scanned/screenshot/clicked photo of your essay along with the hashtag #NewNEPNewIndia and tag us @MyNEPinon Facebook/Twitter/Instagram

Category-II: UNDERGRADUATE OR ABOVE)

1. Short Film Competition

  1. The content of the video can be made in any language 
  2. The video/short film must not be longer than 2.20 mins (140 seconds) 
  3. Use of any unparliamentary language is strictly prohibited failing to which, your participation will stand cancelled 
  4. The final submission must be made by posting the video along with the hashtag  #NewNEPNewIndia and tag us @MyNEPin on Facebook/Twitter/ Instagram

2. Digital Designing Competition

  1. You are free to make digital design using any software/online platform like Corel, illustrator, photoshop, canva, sparkol, etc. 
  2. You can make any form of digital design using colour/sketch/cartoon as per your interest around the theme of the competition 
  3. One participant can post only one single digital design and not more 
  4. The designs should be original 
  5. The final submission must be made by posting the digital poster along with the hashtag #NewNEPNewIndia and tag us @MyNEPin on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram

3. 8 Tweet Thread

  1. Your essay must be posted in a tweet thread (minimum number of tweets in a thread-8) 
  2. The content of the essay should strictly adhere to the theme of the competition, i.e, National Education Policy 
  3. The final submission must be posted in a thread starting with the hashtag #NewNEPNewIndia and tag us @MyNEPin on Facebook/Twitter/ Instagram

4. Handmade Painting Competition

  1. You must strictly adhere to the theme of the competition* The painting must be handmade
  2. You can make any form of painting – colour/sketch/cartoon as per your interest 
  3. You can choose any size or type of paper you need to make your painting 
  4. One participant can post only one single painting and not more* The designs should be original 
  5. The final submission must be made by posting a scanned/clicked photo of your painting/poster along with the hashtag #NewNEPNewIndia and tag us @MyNEPin on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram

5. Meme Making Competition

  1. One must use positive images to illustrate their point 
  2. Use of obscene images, abusive words or any similar content is strictly prohibited 
  3. The final submission must be made by posting the photo of your meme along with the hashtag #NewNEPNewIndia and tag us @MyNEPin on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram 

CATEGORY-III: OPEN FOR ALL

1. Short Film Competition

  1. The content of the video can be made in any language 
  2. The video/short film must not be longer than 2.20 mins (140 seconds) 
  3. Use of any unparliamentary language is strictly prohibited failing to which, your participation will stand cancelled 
  4. The final submission must be made by posting the video along with the hashtag #NewNEPNewIndia and tag us @MyNEPin on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram

2. Digital Designing Competition

  1. You are free to make a digital design using any software/online platform like Corel, illustrator, photoshop, canva, sparkol, etc. 
  2. You can make any form of digital design using colour/sketch/cartoon as per your interest around the theme of the competition 
  3. One participant can post only one single digital design and not more 
  4. The designs should be original 
  5. The final submission must be made by posting the digital poster along with the hashtag #NewNEPNewIndia and tag us @MyNEPin on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram 

3. 8 Tweet Thread

  1. Your essay must be posted in a tweet thread (minimum number of tweets in a thread-8) 
  2. The content of the essay should strictly adhere to the theme of the competition, i.e, National Education Policy 
  3. The final submission must be posted in a thread starting with the hashtag #NewNEPNewIndia and tag us @MyNEPin on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram

4. Handmade Painting Competition

  1. You must strictly adhere to the theme of the competition* The painting must be handmade 
  2. You can make any form of painting – colour/sketch/cartoon as per your interest 
  3. You can choose any size or type of paper you need to make your painting 
  4. One participant can post only one single painting and not more* The designs should be original 
  5. The final submission must be made by posting a scanned/clicked photo of your painting/poster along with the hashtag #NewNEPNewIndia and tag us @MyNEPin on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram 

5. Meme Making Competition

  1. One must use positive images to illustrate their point 
  2. Use of obscene images, abusive words or any similar content is strictly prohibited 
  3. The final submission must be made by posting the photo of your meme along with the hashtag #NewNEPNewIndia and tag us @MyNEPin on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram 

Prizes

  • National Prize – Gold, Silver, Bronze
  • Prize money – 10K, 5K, 3K respectively
  • Language-wise Prize in each competition

Competition Process

  • Register to Enter #MyNEP Contest
  • Watch NEP Tutorial to score better
  • Enter Quiz & Answer Questions on NEP
  • Get your result with #MyNEP Score
  • Download Your #MyNEP Official Certificate
  • Upload & Submit your #MyNEP entry (Creative Text, Image or Video)

Competition Period

The competition is time-bound and you can submit your entries in respective competitions between 25th September 2020 to 2nd October 2020.

Register Now at https://www.mynep.in/nep_fe/en/home

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CBSE & Adobe India Announce Winners of Creativity Challenge

New Delhi, 20th Jan 2020: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Adobe India today announced the winners of Creativity Challenge, after concluding its final round of judgement in the National Capital Region.

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New Delhi, 20th Jan 2020: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Adobe India today announced the winners of Creativity Challenge, after concluding its final round of judgement in the National Capital Region (NCR) today. Launched in October 2019 honoring the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Creativity Challenge is the first-of-its-kind contest designed towards encouraging students from across 20,000 CBSE affiliated schools to showcase their creative expression, digital skills, and personal vision depicting how Gandhian values can help the world today prosper.
 
Springdales School (Pusa Road, New Delhi), Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (Ahmednagar, Maharashtra) and East Point School (Vasundhara Enclave, New Delhi) emerged as winners among 4,500 plus schools across India that submitted project entries using various Adobe Creative Cloud tools. They were honoured for their creative work in a felicitation ceremony in the presence of Shantanu Narayen, Chairman, President, and CEO of Adobe. While the winning teams in the three defined grade categories will be given an all-expenses-paid trip to Adobe’s global headquarters in California, USA, the top nine schools will win an annual subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud to further their creative potential for long term growth.
 
Ms. Anita Karwal, Chairperson, CBSE said, “In the current digital era, CBSE believes that technology and creative skills are key to the long-term development of all students in India. In line with this, we continue to launch critical steps and programs for enabling the digital and creative acumen of young minds across our nation. Our partnership with Adobe for Creativity Challenge in schools was a milestone initiative that boosted creativity in India’s classrooms while celebrating the ethos of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy and learnings during this momentous year of his 150th birth anniversary”.

Shanmugh Natarajan, VP – Products, Adobe India said, “Honouring the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we at Adobe are proud to have partnered with CBSE to launch The Creativity Challenge to bring to life our vision of enabling ‘Creativity For All’. It is heartening to see the overwhelming participation received by the contest from schools across all corners of India – encouraging young minds to the opportunity to experience how the powerful collaboration of imagination and innovation can help them maximise their potential and truly thrive in the long run”.
 
The CBSE – Adobe Creativity Challenge saw the participation of students from 6th Grade through to 12th Grade, where they leveraged Adobe Creative Cloud tools to prepare and submit creative projects across nine themes related to sustainable development goals and life of Mahatma Gandhi. The winning team was selected by an elaborate panel of judges representing India’s educational, business and creative landscape – including Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman of AICTE, R. Ramanan, Additional Joint Secretary & Mission Director at NITI Aayog, Kamal Bali, MD & President of Volvo Group, Ravinder Pal Singh, CIO of Vistara, and Nandita Abraham, President of Pearl Academy, among others.  

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Students Write the Future of Education

A 500 words essay to be written on the Future of Education

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A competition run jointly by the Financial Times and the World Bank have invited school students around the world to write a 500 word blog by the end of this month on their vision of the future of education. The aim is to look for the best ideas to prepare children for tomorrow’s challenges, exploring the changing roles of students, teachers, technology and work.

The best contribution will be published by the FT and the World Bank, which will cover reasonable expenses for the winner to attend the Bank’s Spring Meeting in Washington in April 2019. 

The World Bank Senior Director for Education, Jaime Saavedra, said: “The schools of the future must deliver a more comprehensive and holistic education. While technology can make teachers more effective, the challenge is to ensure all students have access to quality education in every village, in every city, and in every country.” 

The Entries will be judged on inventive ideas, quality of writing and innovative solutions to improve education outcomes for the next generation. Contributions can be accompanied by videos, photos and charts.  Applicants are also encouraged to get their schools to sign up for the FT’s free schools access programme, and may draw inspiration from articles in the FT and World Bank’s Human Capital Project and its World Development Report on The Changing Nature of Work. Entries should be in English and written by students aged 16-19 years around the world.

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Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Maharashtra launches Fourth Edition of Student Essay Competition – ‘The India We Want’.

A pan India level competition, this aims to draw participation from students across streams from secondary schools up to post graduate students. Students can share their vision in the form of essays, photographs, paintings, video or selfie.

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This competition is an attempt to bring together the aspirations of the youth on how they perceive their India to be. The aim is to invite youth to participate and share their view/vision about India and to encourage the youth to think and take a concrete step to make India a better place to live in.

A pan India level competition, this aims to draw participation from students across streams from secondary schools up to post graduate students. Students can share their vision in the form of essays, photographs, paintings, video or selfie.

About the Jury

Mr Jamshyd Godrej, Past- President, CII & Chairman and Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited is the Chairman of the Panel of Jury for this Competition.

Jury Members include:

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  • Mr Keshav Murugesh, Group CEO, WNS Global Services Pvt Ltd
  • Mr Sharad Sharma, Managing Director and CEO, BNP Paribas Asset Management India Private Limited
  • Mr Ninad Karpe, Chairman, CII Western Region, Director, Aptech Ltd  
  • Ms Brinda Miller, Executive Committee Member, Kala Ghoda Arts Association and Director ABM Architects Ltd.
  • Mr Anil Dharker, Founder & Director, Mumbai International Literary Festival, Columnist and Writer

Eligibility

Students presently enrolled for:

– Class VIII-XII

– Post-graduate / Undergraduate studies

Participants can register and upload Essay/Photograph/Painting/Selfie/Video relevant to the theme on CII The India We Want’ Mobile App ( available on App Store & Google Playstore)cid:image003.jpg@01D37811.C46273C0OR at  www.theindiawewant.org

Registrations open from 15 December 2017 to 18 February 2018

Top 3 winners in each category will win exciting prizes.

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Australia Future Unlimited Video competition for Indian School Students

Students from schools across India will have the opportunity to win a student experience to a leading Australian university by participating in the “Film Fly Experience Australia” schools video competition.

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Students from schools across India will have the opportunity to win a student experience to a leading Australian university by participating in the “Film Fly Experience Australia” schools video competition. Organised by The Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Australian Government in association with HDFC Credila, the competition is open to students in grades 9 to 11 from schools across India.

The 4th edition of the annual India Schools Video Competition involves production of short films by students around the themes of

– Cyber Security and modern threats
– Learn Analytics: Doing Right, Doing Smart
– The Business of Sustainable Event Tourism in India and the Gold Coast, Australia
– Foods of the Future: How to feed the world with diminishing resources
– Design a home for the future

The winning teams for all the five themes will have the opportunity to participate in a student experience at Macquarie University, RMIT University, Southern Cross University, The University of Queensland and University of South Australia. This would also include return economy flight tickets from India to Australia, for two students and an accompanying teaching staff member, accommodation, and other travel and living expenses in Australia.

The competition is sponsored by Macquarie University, RMIT University, Southern Cross University, The University of Queensland, University of South Australia, Qantas, Allianz Global Assistance and Iglu.

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The students will be provided background information on the themes by the participating Australian universities. Schools can nominate maximum of 20 teams. Each team can select only one theme and the team should have two students and one teaching staff.

Registration for the competition commences on 14 December 2017 and the last date for the submission of competition video entries will be 15 February 2018.

Students can access the competition website www.filmflyaustralia.org for more details about the competition.

Speaking about the competition, Leonie Muldoon, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner – South Asia, Australian Trade and Investment Commission said, “The Australian Trade and Investment Commission is leading this competition. An objective of the Film Fly Experience Australia competition is to broaden the horizons of Indian students and provide them new study options to consider. It is a wonderful opportunity for Indian students to exhibit their creative talents. We wish all the students the best of luck and look forward to having the winners in Australia soon.”

“As of September 2017, there are close to 81000 Indian student enrolments across Australia’s education and training providers. We would like to invite more Indian students to study in Australia in courses where Australia is a world leader and this includes educational programmes in archaeology, earth & marine sciences, mineral & mining engineering, environmental sciences, nursing, pharmacy & pharmacology and veterinary science. Australia is also a significant international education destination for emerging or future careers in areas ranging from technology, digital, robotics, media & entertainment, scientific research, health, and future materials. These programmes will provide Indian students the foundation for a global career in areas of future employment growth”, said Leonie Muldoon.

Mr Ajay Bohora, Co-Founder, MD & CEO of HDFC Credila, India’s education loan specialist says, “HDFC Credila is delighted to be part of this School competition, organised in association with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their talent and to experience the diverse opportunities presented by prestigious Australian Universities.

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HDFC Credila believes in empowering students to fulfill their higher education dreams, and this competition is one such initiative to provide the students the exposure to learn about the emerging and future global career opportunities.

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s competition has been extended to students in multiple other countries too. We look forward to another year with hundreds of schools participating in the competition. HDFC Credila wishes them the very best, while they all enjoy the process of film making and participating in this unique competition.”

The 3rd edition of the competition, held in 2016-2017, attracted participation from students in grades 9 to 11 from over 325 schools across India and the winners were from Sanskriti School, New Delhi; Wisdom High International School, Nashik; Delhi Public School, RK Puram and Kothari International School, Noida. The winning schools travelled to University of Sydney, Australian National University, University of Southern Queensland, Macquarie University and RMIT University between May to August 2017.

For more information about the participation at the contest please visit www.filmflyaustralia.org or contact Mohaa Vyas at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission at +91 (22) 6116 7123 or e-mail to [email protected]

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Contest Alert – Central Water Commission to organize National Level Water Quiz competition for school children in January 2018

Contest is restricted to teams consisting of two students studying in class VI, VII or VIII in any regular school of any recognized Board in India.

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Central Water Commission, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation will be organizing a National Level Water Quiz competition for school children in January next year at New Delhi. Contest is restricted to teams consisting of two students studying in class VI, VII or VIII in any regular school of any recognized Board in India.

There is no participation fee. The preliminarily rounds of the quiz competition (either written, or quiz or both depending on the response received from the participating Schools/ Team) will be held at the 14 Regional centers of the Central Water Commission namely at Delhi, Bhopal, Lucknow, Patna, Bhubaneshwar, Shillong, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Nagpur, Gandhinagar, Bangalore, Siliguri and Chandigarh and also at NWA, Pune. For the preliminary round, the participants have to make their own travel/ boarding/ lodging arrangements.

Winner and runner-up teams (comprising two participants from each of the Regional centers) will qualify to participate in Final round to be held in New Delhi.  The cost of travel/ boarding/ lodging, including that for one adult per team, shall be borne by the organisers. The winners shall be given attractive cash prizes. Interested schools can apply in the prescribed form online (cwc.gov.in) or through hard copy by mail to the organiser by December 04, 2017.

The applying schools can choose any of the 14 centres, as per their convenience, while the final round with two teams each from each region and NWA, Pune would be held at Delhi. Only one team per School comprising of two individual students can take part. In case more than one entry is made by one school, then its first entry (in the order of time-stamping) shall only be accepted. In case the registrations per regional centre is more than the acceptable limits, then the organisers reserve the right to scrutinize the entries based on the academic performance of the proposed teams during last three years.

On-line Registration forms are available at Central Water Commission website, i.e., www.cwc.gov.in. at the following URL :

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Ministry of Women & Child Development launches contest for designing of Logo for the prestigious “Women of India Festival”

The Ministry of Women & Child Development wishes to engage voluntary contribution of citizens to design a mark of identification for this important event.

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The Ministry of Women & Child Development has launched a Contest for designing a logo for the prestigious "Women of India Festival' to be held at Dilli Haat in October 2017. It's an opportunity for designers who aspire to see their creation displayed on a National platform. The Women of India Festival offers the biggest selection of organic products prepared or grown by women. The event is organised and fully sponsored by Ministry of Women & Child Development, as part of their major initiative of economic empowerment of women. The festival is visited by lakhs of visitors & buyers, both national and international.

The Ministry of Women & Child Development wishes to engage voluntary contribution of citizens to design a mark of identification for this important event.  Details of the contest are available on the Facebook & Twitter accounts of Ministry WCD (@MinistryWCD). Last date to submit entries is August 21, 2017.

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