Law has the undeniable ability to bind the people it applies to, imposing a huge responsibility on the drafters to cover all relevant aspects and plug all possible loopholes. A shoddy piece of legislation or a legislation that has not been drafted with sufficient foresight could cause unimaginable suffering and widespread damage.

The first PVG Memorial Legal Drafting Competition is being organized to honour the memory of Sri. Parempat Venugopala Panicker, a tireless political and social worker.

The current Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009​, popularly known as the RTE Act clearly has its share of pitfalls and weak links. A legislation that affects the youth of tomorrow cannot afford to have any flaws. This competition gives students a crack at redrafting the RTE Act.

The competition is being organized in association with NAALAM-18, the annual arts and literary fest of NUALS, Kochi.

The Rules are as follows:

  1. The competition shall be open to all students pursuing undergraduate or postgraduate course in any recognized college/university.
  2. The decision of the judges shall be final.
  3. Participation can be individual or in a team with 2 members.
  4. There will be only first and second places, with a cash prize of ₹3,000 and ₹2,000 respectively.
  5. The draft legislation shall be adjudged on the basis of the political viability, effectiveness, technique, research and pragmatism, all judged equally.
  6. The last date for entries will be midnight, 5th February 2018.
  7. Late entries shall not be accepted.
  8. The entries should be sent to
  9. The text of the proposed legislation should follow the format of a proposed legislation.
  10. The text should be in Times New Roman, Size 12, Line Spacing 1.5.
  11. Both documents (text and note on research) should be in .docx format.
  12. The subject line of the submissions should read “[Name of Participant(s)] | PVG Memorial, 2018”
  13. The Organizers of the competition retain the right to publish any part or the whole of the draft legislation as well as research that has been submitted.
  14. The competition has a nominal registration fees of ₹50. Only the entries of registered participatants shall be considered.
  15. Interested Persons can register through this form.

The objective of the competition is to  improve the drafting skills of students while keeping in mind practical constraints. The subject of the competition this year will be to draft a legislation to improve the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, popularly known as the RTE Act.

The drafted statute must be an amendment to improve the legislation. Constitutional provisions can also be proposed to be amended as necessary. The amendments must be drafted in a manner that it can be passed in the current Parliament (as of 1st January 2018).

An additional note on research and background information detailing the necessity of the amendments is also necessary.


Queries and questions can be directed to or Ananth Krishna (Event Organizer) at

This post was first published on: January 17, 2018

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