Bal Bharati Essay Competition
Thirteen young winners of ‘Bal Bharati Essay Competition –2009’, were felicitated at the hands of Chief Guest Smt. Shyama Chona, in a function organised by Publications Division here today. The national level awards, instituted by the Publications Division’s children’s magazine Bal Bharati, were presented to school children for their best essays in Hindi.
The first prize was given to Sanskriti Rawat of Delhi while the second prize went to Om Kanhaiya Bajaj of Wardha, Maharashtra and the third to Nidhi Shukla of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. 10 children got consolation prizes for their best efforts in expressing their views on the given topic. The topic of Essay Competetion for this year was ‘TV Karyakramon mein Bachhon ki Bhumika:Uchit ya Anuchit’ (Children’s Participation in TV Programmes: Fair or Unfair). All the winners were given a certificate along with the prize money.
Over a thousand children from across the country participated in the competition. Ten out of 13 winners were from outside Delhi and came from places as far as Wardha, Jodhpur, Narsinghpur (MP), Barwani (MP), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Paudi Garhwal (Uttarakhand), Sirsa (Haryana), Kanpur (UP), Hyderabad (AP) and Jamshedpur (Jharkhand).
A book on mathematics for children, titled ‘Khel Hai Ganit’ (Mathematics is Fun) written by Shri Ivar Utial, an established children’s writer, was also released in the function by the Guest of Honour Smt. Shyama Chona, founder of Tamanna Foundation and renowned educationist. The book presents some simple ways of solving complex calculations for the young students. This way, it also generates interest among children towards a subject like mathematics.
Bal Bharti, being published since 1948, is one of the oldest children’s magazine in Hindi in the country. In her welcome address Smt. Veena Jain, the Additional Director General, Publications Division told that with a mandate to bring out authentic and reasonably priced books on matters of national importance, the Division has published over 8000 titles.
Publications Division which started in 1941, today, is one of the biggest publishing houses in India. It publishes books in all the thirteen languages scheduled in the Constitution. Yojana – published in 13 languages simultaneously, Kurukshetra in Hindi and English, literary magazine Ajkal in Hindi and Urdu and children’s magazine Bal Bharati in Hindi are the magazines published by the Division.