Indian Council of Philosophical Research Essay Competition & Young Scholars Seminar 2015: Submit by July 31

Indian Council of Philosophical Research is organising this Essay Competition cum Young Scholars Seminar.


In order to encourage the Young Scholars of the country to reflect on Philosophical issues, the Council holds an Essay Competition-cum-seminar every year.


“The Idea of India”

Young scholars in the age group of 20-25 years (born between 31.7.1990 to 31.7.1995) may send their essays typed in English or Hindi consisting of about 3000 words on one side of 21X30 cm. Size paper on the above theme.

The essays will be evaluated by three judges independently. Evaluating of the essays will be done on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Logical and systematic analysis of the Theme;

2. Relevance of the subject under reference within the context of contemporary thought;

3. Impartial elucidation of issues, briefly and pointedly;

4. Constructive, creative and synthetic approach to issues without prejudice or bias of any kind.


Interested participants may submit their essays along with prescribed format approximately filled with required attachments to:

The Programme Officer
Academic Centre
Indian Council of Philosophical Research
3/9, Vipul Khand,Gomti Nagar, Lucknow-226010

The last date for receipt of essays is 31st July, 2015.


On the basis of evaluation, 25-35 competitors will be invited to participate in a seminar to be organized by the Council. The competitors shall present their papers in the seminar and take part in the discussion on the papers. The final award shall be decided on the basis of the quality of the essay and the participation in the seminar.

The ICPR will make arrangements for the boarding and lodging for the young Scholars participating in the seminar. The final decision for the awards will be on the basis of the overall performance of the participants in the seminar.


First Prize – Rs. 25,000

Second Prize – Rs. 20,000

Third Prize – Rs. 15,000

The decision of the panel of experts with regard to the evaluation of essays and the selection of the prize winners will be final and no appeal for reassessment will be entertained.

More information is HERE.


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