22 Jan :The young winners of ‘Bal Bharati Essay Competition –2008’, were felicitated at the hands of Chief Guest Smt. Stuti Kacker, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in a function organised by Publications Division here today. Instituted by the Publications Division’s popular children’s monthly Bal Bharati, the awards were presented to 13 school children for their best essays on the given topic ‘Rajneta Desh Ki Tasweer Badal Sakte Hain’. Delhi’s Deepak Bisht’s essay was adjudged to be the best to win the first prize of Rs. 3000. The second prize of Rs. 2000 went to Deepali Aggrawal of Jaipur and the third to Akriti Singh of Delhi.
Ten other children won consolation prizes. All the children were given a citation along with the prize. For the first time the competition was organized at all India level in which 450 school children of upto class X participated. These children come from all over India from places like Mumbai, Patna, Dumka, Dhanbad, Nagpur, Devghar etc. A book for children in Hindi titled ‘Vigyan Barahmasa’ written by well known science writer Devendra Mewari was also released in the function by the Chief Guest Smt Kacker. The book tries to answer whys and hows about the nature around us through interesting stories.
On the occasion, the Chief Guest Smt. Kacker wished the children greater success in life. Bal Bharati has been making efforts to encourage children to speak up their minds and develop in them the spirit of nationalism. Being published since last 61 years ‘Bal Bharati’ is among the most popular children’s magazines. Priced at just Rs. 8, the magazine has crossed 1.5 lakh mark in circulation. It provides a forum to children and encourages them to express themselves through essays, poems and paintings.
The Addl. Director General(I/c), Publications Division Smt. Veena Jain, welcomed the guests.
Started in 1941, Publications Division today is one of the biggest publishing organizations in India. With a mandate to publish books on matters of national importance at affordable prices, the division publishes books in all the thirteen languages scheduled in the Constitution. Their Yojana Magazine is 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.