Rashtriya Ekta Divas (National Unity Day) is observed every year on 31stOctober to commemorate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth anniversary. It not only commemorates the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the architect of national integration of independent India, but also re-affirms the inherent strength and resilience of our nation to withstand threats to the unity, integrity and security of the Country. National Unity Day this year will follow the theme of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. Accordingly, a national level Story Writing competition on the theme – "the contribution of paired State/Union Territory (UT) in India's Struggle for Freedom" is being launched by the Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India. The competition aims to explore students' creative instincts and encourage them to write about the contributions of their paired states to India's struggle for freedom in accordance with the Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat (EBSB) matrix.
Themes for Story Writing Competition
"The contribution of paired State/Union Territory (UT) in India's Struggle for Freedom"
The Story Writing Competition at the National level will be under the following categories: -
- Story on the contribution of paired State/UT in India's development since Azadi
- Story on the life of scientists from the paired State/UT
- Contribution of women from paired State/UT since Azadi
- Story on the life of sports person, practitioners of performing arts from paired State/UT
- How will I contribute to the progress of my country?
- Story on the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel: his contribution to national integration
Eligibility to participate: Students enrolled in Grade 6th to 12th
Category I - Class 6th to 8th
Category II - Class 9th to 12th
Word Limit: Within 600 words
- The Story writing competition is open for students of classes 6th to 12th studying in State Boards’ schools and schools under Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) and National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).
- Story should be submitted in a readable font of Hindi/English
- Font size should be 12 for English and 14 for Hindi
- Line spacing should be 1.15 only
- Font Style should be Times New Roman in English and Unicode (Devanagari) in Hindi
- The pairing matrix of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat campaign must be followed. The matrix is available at https://ekbharat.gov.in/Pages/About/ImplementationStrategy
- Stories on students own State/UT shall not be considered
- The final evaluation of entries will be done by persons authorized by NCERT.
All the Stories must be written in English or Hindi. However, the participants may translate the title of their story in the language of their paired State/UT.
Mode of Submission
The entries for Story Writing Competition shall be submitted at the website- www.MyGov.in
Note: No other means except the above shall be allowed.
- The entries will be categorized state wise and sent to the States/UTs for initial filtration.
- The evaluation of entries at state level shall be done by the SCERTs.
- Each States/UTs/Autonomous bodies shall select the 10 best entries of the States/UTs and will send to NCERT by 15.12.2021
- NCERT will select the best three entries for national level certification/recognition by 30.12.2021
Stories will be evaluated based on the following criteria.
- Content and understanding of the theme: 50% weightage.
- Participants, while developing their writings should keep in mind that they are writing a factual and historical text on the given themes, in a creative manner.
- The facts, figures, characters and the experience should be original and presented in such a way that they relate to or originate from the event, persons, experience and practice.
- Stories should be written based on facts and not as just an imaginative essay of events.
- Accordingly, 50% of the marking would be on the contents i.e. Ideas, presentation and characterization.
- Accuracy: 25% weightage.
- Accuracy is the correct and appropriate use of language in the stories.
- Stories and its events, characters, ideas and themes could be presented in any way and means, but language of the stories need to be correct and appropriate.
- 25% of the assessment will be on the correct / apt use of language.
- Fluency: 25% weightage.
- Fluency is one’s ability to write with natural flow, style and rhythm. Use of vocabulary, phrases (use of idioms, proverbs as appropriate to the writings) adapting to the narration and style (narrative technique).
- Therefore, 25% of the weightage would be given to style and presentation of the writings on the suggested themes.
|Date of commencement
|31st October, 2021
|Date of culmination
|31st December, 2021
Note: In any case, no entries will be accepted after the timeline.
Awards & Recognition
- The three best entries will be awarded by the Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Education, Government of India with attractive prize and certificate.
- The top 75 entries will be given certificates for best performance.
- The participation certificates will be given to all the participants.
- The winners will be announced through Ministry of Education’s official twitter handle and also on MyGov blog section.
Terms and Conditions
- The competition is open to all citizens of India only.
- All entries must be submitted on www.MyGov.in. Entries submitted through any other medium/mode would not be considered for evaluation.
- A participant can send one entry only. In case it is found that any participant has submitted more than one entry, all entries will be considered as invalid.
- The participant must be the same person who has written the story.
- The entry should be original. Copied entries will not be considered under the contest.
- Please note that the creative entries must be original and should not violate any provisions of the Indian Copyright Act, 1957.
- Anyone found infringing on others copyright would be disqualified from the competition. Government of India does not bear any responsibility for copyright violations or infringements of intellectual property carried out by the participants.
- Mention of the author name /emails etc. anywhere in the body of the creative entry will lead to disqualification
- Participants are to make sure that their MyGov Profile is accurate and updated since Ministry of Education would be using this for further communication. This includes details such as name, photo, complete postal address, email ID and phone number. Entries with incomplete profiles would not be considered.
- Ministry of Education reserves the right to cancel or amend all or any part of the competition/or the Term and Conditions/Technical Parameters/ Evaluation Criteria.
Any changes to the Terms and Conditions/Technical Parameters/Evaluation Criteria, or cancellation of the contest, will be updated/ posted on the MyGov Platform. It would be the responsibility of the participant to keep themselves informed of any changes in the Terms & Conditions/Technical Parameters/ Evaluation Criteria stated for this Contest.