Essay Competition for Students and Young Professionals

We will like to invite our young minds to think and write about ‘learning by asking questions’ through an essay competition, which provides an opportunity to explore the role of asking questions in building critical and reflective thinking capability. Our theme for 2018 is:

I ask, therefore, I am.

You may participate in this unique effort if you are a College or a University student or a young professional with less than 3 years’ experience.

Screening Process

Initial Screening by doctoral students

Final Screening by a panel of academic and practicing professionals

Competitive Structure

Regional Finalists (50 Entries)

National Finalists (15-20 Entries)

National Winners (5 Entries)

Participation Guidelines  

  1. Essay length between 2000-2500 words
  2. Essay must be an articulation of personal perspective, which may or may not include the description of personal experience.
  3. Participant can draw upon the existing research material, but it must not be a summary or reproduction of existing material.
  4. Essay may please be submitted electronically using the form on top right hand side of this page.
  5. Awards include a certificate and a provision for attending a one-day workshop on critical and reflective thinking.
  6. National finalists will be required to meet their cost of travel and stay at Hyderabad for participating in the National Meet. Regional Finalists are not required to travel.
  7. If you have any questions, you may please email us at


1SubmissionSeptember 30, 2018
2Regional Short ListOctober 31, 2018
3National Short ListNovember 30, 2018
4National MeetDecember 28, 2018
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