Pitch for your School competition by EduRaft(India)

Pitch for your School competition

History of the event

It was a just another normal day at EduRaft, collecting information about schools, talking with parents, students, etc. During one such routine, we noticed how enthusiastically the students described their school and spoke about their teachers. We could see the passion with which the students explained everything related to their school.

Eureka!!!! We got an idea.

If the students are so passionate and committed when they talk about their school, why not use the same to bring out their creativity. Why not create a platform wherein the children can showcase these skills?

With this idea in mind, we decided to create a platform where every student will be given an equal opportunity to come forward and exhibit his/her skills and tell everyone why he/she believes that his/her school is the best.

The Event in Detail

We at EduRaft believe that restriction, rules and regulations hamper the exhibition of one’s talent. So, in this event, we decided not to restrict one’s horizon with too many rules and regulations.

The event is very simple. “Pitch for your school”.

We are not going to tell you how it has to be done. You are free to do whatever you want. You can write an essay, recite a poem, make a video, sketch/paint or collect a bunch of photos, the ultimate agenda of the pitch is to bring out why your school is the best.

The event is online event where all participants are required to upload their pitch on EduRaft’s site after registering. The event is open to students from class VI to XII. The students are divided into three groups

Sub Junior Group Class VI to VIII
Junior Group Class IX to X
Senior Group Class XI to XII

Participants can participate under any of the two categories – Arts or Literature.

Arts: Arts category includes painting, drawing, sketching, photography, video, etc.

Literature: Literature category includes essay, poem or any other form of writing.


After the submission, the pitches will be opened up for public voting. There will also be an external panel of judges, comprising of renowned persnalities from the fields of education, arts and science who will rate the entries. The public votes carry a weightage of 80% and the judges’ rating carry a weightage of 20%.

Under each group three winners will be selected for each of the two categories (total of 18 winners) and awarded the First, Second and Third Prizes. Prizes include Tablets, ipods, mp3 Players, Pen Drives, Robotic Kits, DIY Electronics Kits, Books and many more.

Top 20 entries from each group and each category (total of 120) will be awarded gift vouchers worth Rs.1500

Top 1000 entries will receive an appreciation certificate

Use all your creative talent to bring out the best and tell us why you think your school is the best.

Timelines for the Event

Registration From 15th September 2012 to 21st October 2012
Submission of Pitch Till 21st October 2012
Voting of Pitch From 22nd October 2012 to 28th October 2012
Felicitation Ceremony 04th November 2012

What are you waiting for? Register for the event, make a pitch and win loads and loads of exciting prizes.

First 100 registrants will get a surprise gift

First 1000 registrants will get gift vouchers worth Rs.250

Hurry!!! Register right away and share this news with your friends and family.


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1000 Scholarships for Disabled Persons for 2012-13

Please find the notification regarding Scholarship  announced by NHFDC.

National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC), for and on behalf of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India, invites applications from Students with Disabilities for award of Scholarships under the Scholarship Scheme (Trust Fund) :-
- Under this scheme, 1000 Scholarships will be awarded to eligible students with disabilities for degree and post graduate level professional and technical courses from recognized institutions in India.
- 30% scholarships will be reserved for girls, which will be transferable to male students in case of non-availability of female candidates.
-  Applicants may apply any time in academic year for scholarship under this scheme. Scholarships will be awarded on quarterly basis for the applications received in preceding quarter.

Under this scheme, an advance copy of application should also be submitted online (www.nhfdc.nic.in) by the candidate.
-  Reimbursement of Non-Refundable fees restricted to the limit of fee of similar courses in Government/Government –aided institutions. Maintenance allowance will be paid to the students for 10 months @ Rs.2500/ per month for Professional Graduate Courses and Rs.3000/- per month for Professional Post- Graduate Courses in one academic year.
-  Books/Stationery allowance will be paid to students pursuing Professional Graduate Courses @ Rs.6,000/ per annum and Rs.10,000/- per annum for pursuing Professional Post-Graduate Courses.
- Visual and hearing impaired students in addition will be provided financial assistance for purchase of aids & appliances (only once during life time).
1. Brailler / Brailler Typewriter – Estimated Cost Rs. 10,000 For blind
2. Laptop with Screen reading software – Estimated Cost Rs. 40,000 For blind
3. Laptop with Screen Magnification software – Estimated Cost Rs. 60,000 For low vision

- Monthly income of the beneficiary /parent or guardian should not be more than Rs.25,000/- (Rs. 3.00 Lakh p.a.) from all sources. Family income includes income of parent/guardian.
- A Scholarship holder under this scheme will not avail any other scholarship/ stipend for pursuing the course.

- How to apply :- The applicant has to apply online (www.nhfdc.nic.in) and the printed application form along with requisite documents duly countersigned and recommended by the head of the institution, where they are studying, should reach to: National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation
(NHFDC), Red Cross Bhawan, Sector-12, Faridabad-121007. It is to be noted that without a hard copy of application, a candidate’s application in soft copy will not be entertained.
- List of enclosures alongwith hard copy of application:
i) Academic record – attested copies of relevant certificates/mark sheets for the qualifying examination.
ii) Proof of annual income – Proof of income shall include last salary slip of parent/guardian, acknowledgement of income tax/income certificate e from revenue official/gazetted officer/public representative e.g. MP, MLA, MLC, Panchayat officials etc.;
iii) Attested copy of Disability certificate;
iv) Course fee receipt if any, duly paid during the academic session;
v) Receipt/Invoice of eligible assistive devices duly countersigned by the authorized signatory of the institution.
vi) In case of continuation of scholarship in a succeeding year, a copy of the mark sheet of the preceding year.
- For further details, please visit website of NHFDC “www.nhfdc.nic.in” or contact: NHFDC at, Telephone nos. 0129 – 2226910, 2287512, 2287513 Fax no. 0129 – 2284371, E-mail – nhfdc97@gmail.com for more information in this regard

5 Implementation of the Scheme *5.1* Conditions for Scholarship:

i) Financial assistance will be given to pursue degree and/or post graduate level technical and professional courses from a recognized institution.
Maintenance, book/stationary allowance and grant for purchase of assistive devices will be credited to the student’s account. Non-refundable fees
shall be reimbursed to the student on production of proof of deposit of fees or will be paid directly to the Institute under intimation to the

ii) Scholarship will be awarded for only one course at a time.

iii) Students who get admission to a college to pursue technical/professional courses, on the basis of a competitive examination will be eligible for the scholarship without any consideration of percentage of marks at higher secondary/graduation level.

iv) Students who get admission in technical/professional courses without facing any competitive examination will also be eligible for scholarship. However, such students should have not less than 50% marks at higher secondary/graduation level. Selection of these students will be done strictly on merit basis.

v) Students who pursue their education through correspondence would also be eligible for the scholarship.

vi) Continuation of the scholarship in subsequent years will be automatic subject to successful completion of the course during the preceding year. However, grace period of one year shall be admissible for the entire course in specified categories.

vii) A candidate who is awarded scholarship for one course, after its completion will be eligible for another course too. However, the awardees will not be eligible for a similar or equivalent course.

viii) A scholarship holder under this Scheme will not avail any other scholarship/stipend for pursuing the course.

ix) The annual income of the beneficiary/parent or guardian of beneficiary should not exceed Rs. 3.00 lakh from all sources. However, preference shall be given to economically weaker students.

*5.2* Other Conditions for the Scholarship:

i) The scholarship is depended on the satisfactory progress and conduct of the scholar. If it is reported by the head of the Institution at any time that a scholar has by reasons of his/her own act of default failed to make satisfactory progress or has been guilty of misconduct such as resorting to or participating in strikes, irregularity in attendance without the permission of the authorities concerned etc., the authority sanctioning the scholarship may either cancel the scholarship or stop or withhold further payment for such period as it may think fit.

ii) If a student is found to have obtained a scholarship by false statement, his/her scholarship will be cancelled forthwith and the amount of the
scholarship paid will be recovered. The student concerned will be blacklisted and debarred for scholarship in any scheme forever.

iii) A scholarship awarded may be cancelled if the scholar changes the subject of the course of study for which the scholarship was originally awarded or
changes the Institution of study without prior approval of the Government. The amount already paid may also be recovered at the discretion of the

iv) A scholar is liable to refund the scholarship amount at the discretion of the Government if during the course of the year, the studies for which the scholarship has been awarded, is discontinued by him/her.

v) A scholar is liable to refund the scholarship amount at the discretion of the Government if during the course of the year, the studies for which the scholarship has been awarded, is discontinued. Scholarship will not be paid for the period of internship/housemanship in the M.B.B.S. course or
for a practical training in any course, if the student is in receipt of some remuneration during the internship period or some allowance/stipend
during the practical training in any course inured by him/her.

vi) The conditions can be changed at anytime at the discretion of the Government of India.

6. *Publicity of the Scheme*

The Scheme will be given wide publicity over print and electronic media. Assistance of State Governments and other agencies such as UGC, Universities and prominent colleges and institutions will also be sought in giving publicity to the Scheme.
7. *Procedure for application*

7.1 Application in enclosed prescribed format shall be submitted at any time during an academic year to the assigned agency. An advance copy of the application should also be submitted on line. Each applicant shall be given a registration number on receipt of the application. The screening committee shall examine these applications quarterly and the scholarship amount will be disbursed.

7.2 Renewal of the scholarship is automatic in next year subject to successful completion of the course in the previous year. However, in case of students with cerebral palsy, mental retardation, mental illness, multiple disabilities and profound server hearing impairment, one year grace period may be allowed.

7.3 Along with the application the following enclosures will have to be furnished:

i) Academic record – attested copies of relevant certificates/mark sheets for the qualifying examination.

ii) Proof of annual income – Proof of income shall include last salary slip of parent/guardian, acknowledgement of income tax/income certificate e from
revenue official/gazetted officer/public representative e.g. MP, MLA, MLC, Panchayat officials etc.;

iii) Attested copy of Disability certificate;

iv) Course fee receipt if any, duly paid during the academic session;

V) Receipt/Invoice of eligible assistive devices duly countersigned by the authorized signatory of the institution;

vi) In case of continuation of scholarship in a succeeding year, a copy of the mark sheet of the preceding year.

8. *Processing of applications*

(a) The procedure for processing of applications will be outsourced to a reputed agency;

(b) All the applications will be processed in a time bound manner;

(c) The applications scrutinized by the authorized agency shall be placed before a screening committee periodically for final award of scholarships;

(d) Income certificate is to be submitted by the student only once i.e. at the time of sanction of scholarship,

Direct link to Online application is http://www.nhfdc.nic.in/Registration_Form.aspx

M.Muthu Selvi officer Allahabad Bank, Email: muthump2007@gmail.com, Skype: muthump2007

Courtesy:  Disha Foundation

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New No. 4, Old No. 23, Third Cross Street,
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Onkyo Braille Essay Contest in the Asian Region – Deadline 31st July 2012

Ref: AICB/O-4/2012                                                                         Dated: 03.07.2012

Sub:  7th Onkyo Braille Essay Contest in the Asian Region.

Asian Blind Union’s Secretariat has informed that they propose to hold 7th Onkyo Braille Essay Contest in the Asian region.  Information in this regard has recently been received from the Secretariat.  Participants who are interested to take part in the essay contest, they should send their essays to this office latest by 31st July, 2012.  No essay thereafter shall be accepted.  On the envelop name of the competition (Onkyo Braille Essay Competition) must be mentioned.


The detailed rules and procedure for the Contest are given below:

(i)            The participants can write on any one of the following topics:

a)    How can the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) change the lives of persons with visual impairment?

b)    How can organizations of persons with visual impairment become the only representative of persons with visual impairment in their relating issues?

c)    Braille in spite of the new technologies for the blind.

d)    The right to establish a family requires fair opportunities for the Blind.

(ii)          The Essay should be written by the blind participants in English or Hindi in Braille on Braille slate or Braille typewriters and not on computers.

(iii)             Maximum length of the Essay should not exceed to 1200 words.  The Essay should also include   applicant’s name, age, title and other details to be covered within the maximum number of words allowed.

(iv)            There will be two groups of competitors—one Junior group up to the age of 25 years and the second Senior group above the age of 25 years. We suggest that the visually impaired participants from junior group should also be motivated to participate in the context.

v) The Essays must be completely original in nature.

vi)      The Competition has separate prizes for junior and senior groups.

Prizes for the winners above age of 25 years

a)    First prize USD1000

b)    Second prize USD 500

c)    Third prize USD 200

Prizes for the winners below age of 25 years

a)    First prize USD 500

b)    Second prize USD 300

c)    Third prize USD 200

You are requested to give widest possible publicity to this event so that Indian participants could take part and win the prizes.

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,



All India Confederation of the Blind

Mob: 9810684208

website: http://www.aicb.in/


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Last date for Application Online or offline is Saturday 23 June 2012.

So hurry! Your dreams are waiting for you.

Foundation For Acadenic Excellence and Access (FAEA), invities application for  Scholarship for the year 2012-13 to pursue Undergraduate studies in Arts/Commerce/Science/Medical /Engineering and other Technical and Professional Disciplines at any University /Institution/College of India

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(ii) Students who have passed Class XII from a recognized board in india

(iii) Ist year under-graduate students.

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Link to online application : http://faeaindia.org/newapps/default.asp

Link to offline application(pdf) : http://faeaindia.org/ApplicationformManual.pdf

Instruction Sheet for applicants

  1. The Application form has 33 questions and requires you to provide details of at least one referee.
  2. When you submit the form successfully you will receive a “Confirmation Code” which should be kept note of for future correspondence with FAEA.
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  5. In case you require any clarification regarding the online application, please send e-mail at inquiry@faeaindia.org. Please note that no other form of communication will be entertained including telephone call, conventional mail, fax etc.


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