VOICE -2019

Objective: The year 2019-2020 marks the birth centenary year of Dr. Vikram A. Sarabhai, the father of the Indian space programme. On account of this, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad planned to conduct a Pan India level essay competition. The school students from class 8 to 12 in two categories, e.g. 8 - 10 (Category I) and 11 – 12 standard (Category II), can participate in this competition. The essay may contain motivation, goals, and uniqueness of the concept among other relevant things. We will invite 30 shortlisted students from each age groups for presentation and visit PRL.

Categories: Category I: 8 - 10 standard students and Category II: 11 - 12 standard students.

Category I: 8 - 10 standard students.
Topic: Home at a distant planet

Description: Say one day you have to move out of our planet Earth and settle on a different planet. Which planet you would choose? Then based on planet specific parameters (e.g., atmospheric conditions, solar Insolation, crustal properties etc.), how you will design your home? Design should be sustainable, i.e., no external entity will provide any assistance to maintain your home. You must also provide the address of your home.
Note: Sustainability of the home in the new planet will be the primary criteria for the evaluation.

Category II: 11-12 standard students.
Topic: Design innovative experiments for space station

Description: imagine one day you are given an opportunity to design innovative experiments for the Indian space station. Design a suit of experiments (maximum two) to address a particular theme. Please mention why you choose the theme and how your experiments can provide a better understanding.

Word limit: 3000 words. It should contain the following (without which essay will be disqualified)
(1) Summary – 300 words.
(2) Major concepts in three bullets not exceeding 75 words
(3) Conclusion of the essay should be no more than 200 words

  • Essay should be written inEnglish
  • Should be written by a single person
  • Submission should be done Online
  • Essay should be typed and provided in Portable Document Format (PDF). Note: Scanned Handwritten essays will not be considered
  • Students should submit (in predefined format available from website) a scanned sheet stating the participant’s name, school name, class, residential address with phone number along with the essay. This sheet should be attested by the head of the institution/school with official seal.

    Format of the Essay
  • Typed on A4 size electronic page.
  • Font size shall be 12 points in Arial
  • 1.5 interlinear space
  • Margins of 1.5 cm on all the four sides

    Last date of submission:15th May 2019

    Date of notification: 15th July 2019

    Presentation: 11th August 2019

    Prize distribution: 12th August 2019

    Contact Email: [email protected]

    Evaluation process:
  • First phase: Essays will be shortlisted first
  • Second phase: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to PRL for a presentation.
    Shortlisted candidates will be provided with 3 tier fare by railways in shortest route to Ahmedabad. Boarding and lodging will be arranged by PRL during the authorised period of stay.

    No of shortlisted candidate: 30 per age group.

    Total number of prizes: First, second, third, and 5 additional prizes in each age group.

    Prize amount
    Category I: 8-10 standard students
    Category II: 11-12 standard students
    1st prize:
    2nd prize:
    3rd prize:
    5 x 2,000
    5 x 2,500