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Organization : National Book Trust India
Competition Name : Shodh Yatri Essay Writing Contest 2015
Applicable For : Students of classes 10th and 11th
Applicable States/UT : All India
Competition Last Date : 15th December 2015

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Shodh Yatri Contest :

In order to trace India’s historical relations with the other Asian countries, the National Book Trust, an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, along with support from the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) invites participation from students of classes 10th and 11th in Essay writing competition under the ShodhYatri Contest.

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Shodh Yatri Contest Results :

The eligible participants have to apply by filling in the application form and submit an essay on specified themes.

The selected entries will be interviewed on skype and 10 winning entries finalized along with a list of waitlisted candidates. The final winning entries will be awarded with a visit to the concerned Asian country for about a week as a part of a team where they will have to submit a write-up on his/her ShodhYatra within a fortnight after returning, to the Director, National Book Trust. The write-upwill be published by the National Book Trust with appropriate modifications.

For participation in the ShodhYatri Contest, the students have to submit an essay of 5000 words in .PDF on on any one of the topics given below

i. ShodhYatri to Sri Lanka (Search for Buddha’s Footprints)
ii. ShodhYatri to Thailand (Search for India’s contribution)
iii. ShodhYatri to Myanmar (Burma)
iv. ShodhiYatri to Bangladesh (Search for Martyrs & Freedom Fighters)
v. ShodhYatri to Cambodia (Angkor Vat)

A write-up on five identified topics as given above which needs to be further developed by the participants while submitting the Essay. The participant also has to explain in 1000 words about his/her own idea on the proposed visit and how they would utilize the experience gained.

Terms & Conditions :

i. All submissions under the contest are to be made in English only.
ii. The contest is open to all students of Classes 10th& 11th who are citizens of India, residing in the country and studying in the various Boards of School Education in the country.
iii. The eligible school students have to apply for contest on in three parts as explained below#:
A) In the first part i.e. Part A, the participant has to fill up the application form clearly indicating his/her name, age, address and contact details. (The entries selected will have to send proof of their date of birth and proof of studying duly certified by the school authorities)#.
B) In the second part i.e. Part B, the participant has to submit an essay on the selected topic in 5,000 words. For this the participant has to select one topic out of the five topics indicated#.
C) In the third part i.e. Part C, the participant has to give his/her own idea on the proposed visit and the purpose for which it would be used#.

How to upload file :
a) File submitted (Part A/B/C) should be in pdf format
b) File naming convention: The first four alphabets of participant’s first name may be indicated.
c) Example: Applicant with the first name Sanjay may upload details as below:
d) Part A (Applicant Details) : PartA-sanj.pdf
e) Part B (Essay) : PartB-sanj.pdf
f) Part C (Ideas) : PartC-sanj.pdf

iv. A participant can send only one entry. In case it is found that any participant has submitted more than one entry, all will be considered invalid. v. The entry should be original. Copied entries will not be considered under the contest. vi. The participant must be the same person who has written the essay and plagiarism would not be allowed. vii. All the entries received within the due date will be placed before a Selection Committee followed by a Skype interview for final selection. viii. The decision of the Selection Committee will be final and binding on all the contestants. ix. Any legal proceedings arising out of the competition/its entries/winners shall be subject to local jurisdiction of Delhi State.

All efforts will be made by the Selection Committee to check for originality of the submissions, however, MyGov portal will not be held accountable for any submission identified as a copy.) x. The two best entries under each of the five themes from a boy and a girl student will be awarded by sending those participants as a part of ShodhYatri team to the concerned Asian country for a week.

xi.To and fro fare from the place of residence of the participants to Delhi and from Delhi to the place of destination in the concerned Asian country along with stay for a week there in respect of the selected participant and one guardian (parent/teacher) who will also be part of ShodhYatri team will be fully funded by the National Book Trust. xii. Last date for receipt of applications: The last date for receipt of applications is 26th November, 2015.

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  1. Umashankar Rathor

    I want to know when the book will published? Will that book contain results of essay writing competition?

  2. What about the list of wait listed candidates for the Asha Shodh Yatri to Thailand?

  3. I just wanted to know where can I get details of the trip to the concerned country as my name was short-listed in the final result.

  4. A. T. Rangapriya

    I got selected for Skype interview for the essay Shodh yatri to Myanmar. Where can I see my results?

  5. I got selected for Skype interview which took place on 30th December. May I please know when will the final results be announced? Is it that they will be announced after class 10th board exams?

  6. When will the results of the selected candidates for the country Thailand be announced or declared for the interview?

    1. Check for result updates in the below link.

  7. I was one of the students who were selected for the skype interview which took place on 30th Dec 2015. I had chosen Cambodia as my topic for essay.
    When will the final results be published?

    Thank You

  8. I have a question. The contest’s last day was extended, we got the news from RO kolkata but what is the last date of submission?

    1. This is a news for us. Can you share the detail you got from RO, Kolkata?

  9. How to apply for Shodh Yatri contest?

    1. Online submission get closed to participate in this contest

  10. Can you tell me, when will the results be declared?

  11. Please mention the last date of submitting applications i.e the extended date after 15 Dec
    Upto what date it has been extended?

    1. No the last date of submission is 15th December, 2015.


    Dear Sir / Madam
    Due to some technical problems I could not submit the essay in the prescribed format . Kindly accept the one I send herewith . I am KALYANI KRISHNA P. R studying in Class X in Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir , Eroor, Kochi , Kerala.


    “This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about.” I was always charmed
    by these words of Rudyard Kipling until I gathered tits and bits about Burma .
    Aung San Suu Kyi , the political conscience of Burma, is another great soul who strengthened the eagerness in me to know about Burma.
    Travelling to Burma is still a distant dream for me .

    The cultural monuments , the bare footed monks with alms bowl , inaudible chanting that speaks peace , the tranquil serenity of the lakes ,the sacred stupas ,the yinbon clad women, the remoteness of the land , all this and much more unsaid is Burma to me. This South East Asian country is different from any turquoise hued paradise we have read of or been to .Myanmar remains worlds apart.

    Burma, officially Myanmar, is a country in Southeast Asia. Burma is bordered by China, Laos, Thailand, Bangladesh and India. One-third of Burma’s total perimeter forms an uninterrupted coastline along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Myanmar is the 40th largest country in the world and the second largest country in Southeast Asia. It is also the 24th most populous country in the world with over 58.8 million people.

    Burma is home to some of the early civilizations of Southeast Asia. In the 9th century, the Burmans of the Kingdom of Nanzhao, entered the upper Irrawaddy valley and, following the establishment of the Pagan Kingdom in 1057, the language and culture of these peoples slowly became dominant in the country.
    Buddhism became the predominant religion of the country. Following the Mongol invasion of Burma in 1287, the kingdom of Pagan fell and a period of control by several warring states emerged. In the second half of the 16th century, the country was reunified by the Taungoo Dynasty which, for a brief period of time, was the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia.
    The 18th century Konbaung Dynasty ruled over an area that includes modern Burma as well as Manipur in India. In the 19th century, following three Anglo-Burmese Wars, Burma was colonized by Britain. British rule brought social, economic, cultural and administrative changes to the once-feudal society. Since independence in 1948, the country has been in one of the longest running civil wars among the country’s myriad ethnic groups that remains unresolved. From 1962 to 2011, the country was under military rule. The military junta was dissolved in 2011 following a general election in 2010 and a civilian government installed.
    When I get to understand more about Myanmar the eagerness to travel far and wide across the country surges in me!!!!!!

    The country is ruled by the longest-lasting military dictatorship in the world and economic sanctions have been in place against it for decades. For many years, the democratic opposition – led by Aung San Suu Kyi – said it was unethical for travellers to come here, that they would lend moral and financial support to the regime in doing so. In the summer of 2011, Aung San Suu Kyi declared that she wanted foreign travellers to visit Burma. The daughter of a hero of Burmese independence and a Nobel laureate herself, Suu Kyi is the political conscience of her country. Her only caveat was that visitors should avoid the tourist establishments that have close ties with the military regime.

    The heat, smells, street life and colours of Myanmar are intoxicating. Girls with cheeks smeared with thanaka (sunblock made from ground tree bark) balance two to a bicycle. Barefoot monks holding alms bowls share the streets with scooters, battered cars and cycle rickshaws. Street vendors cook mohingar, a spicy fish broth, over charcoal stoves for breakfast. Burmese cusinine is famous for the use of fish sauce , salads and ngapi ( the fermented sea food). Mohinga is the national dish . Rice is Myanmar’s largest agricultural product.

    Myanmar is one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia, suffering from decades of stagnation, mismanagement and isolation. The lack of an educated workforce skilled in modern technology hinders Myanmar’s economy, although recent reforms and developments carried out by the new government, in collaboration with foreign countries and organisations aim to make this a thing of the past.
    The military government has the majority stakeholder position in all of the major industrial corporations of the country (from oil production and consumer goods to transportation and tourism).
    In recent years, both China and India have attempted to strengthen ties with the government for economic benefit. Many nations, including the United States and Canada, and the European Union, have imposed investment and trade sanctions on Myanmar. The United States and European Union eased most of their sanctions in 2012. Foreign investment comes primarily from China, Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea, India, and Thailand. The national currency is Kyat under British administration, Myanmar was the second-wealthiest country in South-East Asia. It had been the world’s largest exporter of rice.
    According to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, Myanmar’s official literacy rate as of 2000 was 90%. Historically, Myanmar has had high literacy rates. To qualify forleast developed country status by the UN to receive debt relief, Myanmar lowered its official literacy rate from 79% to 19% in 1987.
    The educational system of Myanmar is operated by the government agency, theMinistry of Education. The education system is based on the United Kingdom’s system due to nearly a century of British and Christian presences in Myanmar. Nearly all schools are government-operated, but there has been a recent increase in privately funded English language schools. Schooling is compulsory until the end of elementary school, approximately about 9 years old, while the compulsory schooling age is 15 or 16 at international level.
    There are 101 universities, 12 institutes, 9 degree colleges and 24 colleges in Myanmar, a total of 146 higher education institutions There are 10 Technical Training Schools, 23 nursing training schools, 1 sport academy and 20 midwifery schools. There are 2047 Basic Education High Schools, 2605 Basic Education Middle Schools, 29944 Basic Education Primary Schools and 5952 Post Primary Schools. 1692 multimedia classrooms exist within this system.
    There are four international schools acknowledged by WASC and College Board—The International School Yangon (ISY), Crane International School Yangon (CISM), Yangon International School (YIS) and International School of Myanmar (ISM) in Yangon.
    Myanmar also had a wealth of natural and labour resources. British Burma began exporting crude oil in 1853, making it one of the earliest petroleum producers in the world. It produced 75% of the world’s teak and had a highly literate population. The wealth was however, mainly concentrated in the hands of Europeans. In 1930s, agricultural production fell dramatically as international rice prices declined, and did not recover for several decades. Myanmar produces precious stones such as rubies, sapphires, pearls, and jade. Rubies are the biggest earner; 90% of the world’s rubies come from the country, whose red stones are prized for their purity and hue. Thailand buys the majority of the country’s gems. Myanmar’s “Valley of Rubies”, the mountainous Mogok area, 200 km (120 mi) north of Mandalay, is noted for its rare pigeon’s blood rubies and blue sapphires
    Many US and European jewellery companies, including Bulgari, Tiffany, and Cartier, refuse to import these stones based on reports of deplorable working conditions in the mines. Human Rights Watch has encouraged a complete ban on the purchase of Burmese gems based on these reports . Other industries include agricultural goods, textiles, wood products, construction materials, gems, metals, oil and natural gas.
    Myanmar Engineering Society has identified at least 39 locations capable of geothermal power production and some of these hydrothermal reservoirs lie quite close to Yangon which is a significant underutilized resource for electrical production.
    Myanmar is home to four major language families: Sino-Tibetan, Tai–Kadai, Austro-Asiatic, and Indo-European. Sino-Tibetan languages are most widely spoken. They include Burmese, Karen, Kachin, Chin, and Chinese. The primary Tai–Kadai language is Shan. Mon, Palaung, and Wa are the major Austroasiatic languages spoken in Myanmar. The two major Indo-European languages are Pali, the liturgical language of Theravada Buddhism, and English. Burmese, the mother tongue of the Bamar and official language of Myanmar, is related to Tibetan and Chinese language. It is written in a script consisting of circular and semi-circular letters, which were adapted from the Mon script, which in turn was developed from a southern Indian script in the 5th century. The earliest known inscriptions in the Burmese script date from the 11th century. It is also used to write Pali, the sacred language of Theravada Buddhism, as well as several ethnic minority languages, including Shan, several Karen dialects, and Kayah (Karenni), with the addition of specialised characters and diacritics for each language. Burmese society has traditionally stressed the importance of education. In villages, secular schooling often takes place in monasteries. Secondary and tertiary education take place at government schools.
    Chinlon is regarded as myanmar’s national game. Men and women , both enjoy playing the game. The Lethwei, Bando, Banshay, Pongyi thaing martial arts and chinlone are the national sports in Myanmar. Football is played in all over the country even in villages.
    The 2013 Southeast Asian Games took place in Naypyidaw, Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwesaung Beach in December representing the third occasion that the event has been staged in Myanmar. Myanmar previously hosted the Games in 1961 and1969.
    In a traditional village, the monastery is the centre of cultural life. Monks are venerated and supported by the lay people. A novitiation ceremony called shinbyu is the most important coming of age events for a boy, during which he enters the monastery for a short time. All male children in Buddhist families are encouraged to be a novice (beginner for Buddhism) before the age of twenty and to be a monk after the age of twenty. Girls have ear-piercing ceremonies at the
    same time. Burmese culture is most evident in villages where local festivals are held throughout the year, the most important being the pagoda festival. Many villages have a guardian nat, and superstition and taboos are commonplace.
    Visitors to Burma are rewarded with that sense of a first trip overseas: the gasp of tropical air on the runway, and the palpable remoteness from home. In this excerpt from a longer piece by Marcel Theroux, first published in Lonely Planet Magazine, we discover three of Burma’s most breathtaking sights. As Myanmar/Burma opens up, sanctions lift and life there rapidly changes, more travellers are venturing into this alluring country. Because changes happen so quickly, it is difficult to find up-to-date information on what to expect when visiting the country. Here is a brief run-down on what travelling in Burma is currently like. The country is embracing change but is in the early stages of making it. What that looks like to an outsider is increased openness about political opinions, whether by displaying National Democratic League posters or photos of Aung San Suu Kyi or expressing them verbally; increased internet and mobile connectivity; and a cautious but hopeful energy.
    Thingyan water festival is the exuberant festival falling in the month of April . It happens to be a public holiday of the year. The most devoutly religious ones spend their time in the monastaries but most spend the week dancing , playing music.

    Even the hawkers are gracious:
    The Burmese are well-mannered. Even the hawkers who come alongside your boat with intricate carvings or the trinket sellers in colourful markets, are gracious if insistent. They are also a conservative people with strict and sometimes strange rules of etiquette, such as summoning waiters with a kissing sound, never patting someone’s head – it’s a sacred area – or touching a monk’s robe, and a modest dress code.

    Myanmar , the southeast Asian region retains a certain innocence despite a troubled past. It is still the poorest state in the region, but the easing of sanctions in 2010 has signalled record-breaking numbers of tourists, with 1.5 million recorded in 2013. City names evoke a colonial past – Mandalay, Rangoon (now the cosmopolitan Yangon) and Katha, which George Orwell describes in his coruscating book Burmese Days in which he is as vitriolic about indigenous corruption as colonial bigotry. He worked there for the Imperial Police Service in the days of the British Raj. And it was Rudyard Kipling who described the Ayeyarwady River, whose fertile silt enriches the paddy fields and farmland after every monsoon, as ‘the Road to Mandalay’. The landslide victory of the charismatic Aung San Suu Kyi signals a chance for change and a boost to her tourism industry. Myanmar has suffered from endless internal conflicts and corruption, but there has been some encouraging political reform. There is now a palpable feeling of optimism for a settled future after the national elections put the Nobel Peace Prize Winner in the driving seat after 25 years of house arrest. Burmese literature has been greatly influenced by Buddhism, notably the JatakaTales. Since orthodox Buddhism prohibited fiction[citation needed], many historical works are nonfiction. However, British colonisation introduced many genres of fiction, which have become extremely popular today. Poetry features prominently, and there are several forms of poetry unique to Burmese literature. By 1976, only 411 titles were published annually, compared to 1882, when 445 titles were published. Various factors, especially the lengthened bureaucratic process to obtain printing permits, censorship, and increasing economic hardship of consumers because of the socialist economic schemes, contributed to the decline of Burmese literary output.
    Popular novels have similar themes to Western novels, often involving adventure, espionage, detective work, and romance. Many writers also translate Western novels, especially those of Arthur Hailey and Harold Robbins. The flourishing translation sector is the result of the Burmese government, which did not sign the Universal Copyright Convention Agreement, which would have forced Burmese writers to pay royalties to the original writers.
    Short stories, often published in magazines, also enjoy tremendous popularity. They often deal with everyday life and have political messages (such as subtle criticisms of the capitalist system), partly because unlike novels, short stories are not censored by the Press Scrutiny Board. Poetry is also a popular genre today, as it was during the monarchical times, but unlike novels and other works, which use literary Burmese, poetry uses vernacular rather than literary Burmese. This reform movement is led by left-leaning writers who believe laymen’s language (the vernacular and colloquial form of Burmese) ought to be used instead of formal Burmese in literature.
    One of the greatest female writers of the Post-colonial period is journalist Kyaw Ma Ma Lay. Khin Myo Chit was another important writer, who wrote, among her works, The 13-Carat Diamond (1955), which was translated into many languages. The journalist Ludu U Hla was the author of numerous volumes of ethnic minority folklore, novels about inmates in U Nu-era jails, and biographies of people working in different occupations. The Prime Minister U Nu himself wrote several politically oriented plays and novels.
    Other prolific writers of the post-colonial era include Thein Pe Myint (and his The Ocean Traveller and the Pearl Queen, considered a Burmese classic), Mya Than Tint (known for his translations of Western classics like War and Peace), Thawda Swe and Myat Htun. Distinguished women writers, who have also been an ever-present force in Burmese literary history, include Kyi Aye, Khin Hnin Yu, and San San Nweh. Burmese Historians: Ba Shin, Than Tun, Thant Myint-U, Htin Aung, Sao Saimong, Myoma Myint Kywe, and San C. Po were famous in Burma.
    There is absolutely no gender discrimination practiced in Myanmar. People with serene souls with a sweet smile await travellers who are on their way to the distant land of Myanmar……. The distancing will surely narrow down in the near future for sure. Having gathered so much about a land that was so mysterious to me minutes ago , I await a chance to be there in that beautiful patch in this globe.

    1. @kALYANI KRISHNA P. R, I suggest you send this to the authorities concerned in the prescribed means. By no way we are concerned with CBSE. But the article is top class. Good luck.

  13. Please send the e-mail id so that I can submit my form and essay . Please sand it as soon as possible

    1. You are required to submit your essay online.

  14. Can I apply after 26th November 2015?

    1. The last date of submission is 15th December, 2015.

  15. I submitted my pdf for shodh yatri contest on 23rd November and the website displayed “file successfully uploaded” but today when I logged in and checked “my submission” it displays “no submission found”. Please help or give email id of the department so that I can contact them.

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