Dehradun: Amid the ongoing political turmoil in state and a race between BJP and Congress to claim the legacy of Dalit icon Dr B R Ambedkar, preparations galore for the 125th birth anniversary of the activist on April 14. Heads of institutions affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have been asked to organise the next expression series on Ambedkar on April 13-14. Participation in the series would be voluntary and students can either submit a poem, a drawing or an essay on Babasaheb in any of the 22 scheduled languages or in English.
The competition has three different categories – Class I to V, Class VI to VIII and Class IX to XII. In the first category, students can submit an essay (250 words), a poem or drawing on the topic ‘What do I know about Dr B R Ambedkar?’ or ‘Dr B R Ambedkar’s life inspires me to’. In the second category, students can submit an essay (500 words), a poem or drawing on the topics ‘Dr B R Ambedkar’s ideas for progressive India’ or ‘Dr B R Ambedkar: a great leader’.
For the senior category (Class IX to XII), students can submit a poem, drawing or a 700-word essay on the topic ‘Dr B R Ambedkar’s views on women empowerment’ or ‘Dr B R Ambedkar: the key architect of the constitution of India’.
“Students can submit entries from their schools, homes or any other place of convenience. It will definitely help pupils have a thorough awareness about Dr B R Ambedkar’s contributions to our country,” said Dinesh Bartwal, vice-principal, Doon International School.
36 best entries, 12 in each category, will be awarded cash prizes along with a certificate of merit. Each participant will also get a certificate of participation which will be made available online.
Students belonging to the state board have also lined out elaborate celebrations on both the days. The state primary education director Seema Jaunsari has directed chief education officers in the thirteen districts to make arrangements for proper conduct of the birth anniversary in all government schools. Additionally, government schools will be decked up with bright lights and the Dalit icon’s statues will be garlanded. Discussions and debates will also be held on April 13 to throw light on Ambedkar’s contributions.
Source – The Times of India