Categories for Participants

Category - 1

[ Age 14-18 years ] Word Limit 500

Topic :
The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth.


Category - 2

[ Age 19-25 years ] Word Limit 750

Topic :
Technology helps us in preserving information. Generational connection helps us in preserving wisdom.


Language options for writing the Essay

English, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu

You may write your essay in any ONE of the following languages :

Invitation to the Youth

Youth is a time of great possibilities. It is a period in life filled with opportunities waiting to be realized, provided you are mindful of them and are willing to strive heartfully for your holistic growth. While education helps us to develop our physical and intellectual capabilities to their optimum extent, and prepares us to thrive in a competitive world, there is one aspect of our development that does not often receive the attention due to it – the development of our inner Being.

Without the synchronous development of body, mind and heart our evolution as human beings remains incomplete. It is therefore balance, in addition to excellence, that you must strive for - the balance between mind and heart, the outer and the inner, and, between thinking and feeling.

Through the Heartfulness Essay Event, we invite you to tap into your inner space, tune in to the soft voice of the heart that never fails to guide and inspire and, express in words your experience related to the theme of this year’s Event. We encourage you thus to begin the practice of referring to the heart more and more.

Documents for Participants


Information Leaflet

Essay Event 2022

Guidelines for Submission

Essay Event 2022 - Guidelines

Evaluation Criteria

Essay Event 2022 - Evaluation Criteria

Guidelines for participation

To participate in the Event please follow the guidelines below :

Entries must be directly uploaded only on our website ( by institutions or directly by students.
Essays received through email or post will not be considered.
There is no charge for participation.

a. Participants may select any one of the 11 optional languages to write the essay on the topic specified for their Category.

b. The essay must be typed or handwritten on A4 size paper. Essays may be handwritten in black or blue ink or computer typed in a relevant prescribed script for each language.

c. The Participant’s name, Father’s Name, Age, Name of Institution must be written on every page of the essay.

d. The word limit for Category 1 ( Ages -14 -18 ) is 500 and must be strictly adhered to.

e. The word limit for Category 2 (Ages – 19-25 ) is 750 and must be strictly adhered to.

f. Please mention the total number of words of the essay after the concluding paragraph.

g. Submitted entries must not bear any appeals, illustrations or slogans.

h. The scanned copy of the essay (Max size 3 MB) must be uploaded on our website. Link :

i. The details for submission of the essay is available for download in the “Guidelines for Submission“ section of the website.

j. In case of submission of essays through the school/college, the institution mail-id must be entered for all entries in place of the participant’s email id on the submission screen.

k. The institution may write to us requesting login credentials at A login credential for the institution will be provided to help the coordinator submit/manage all the essay submissions made using the institution’s email id.


New Events

Category 1

Each participating school from Category 1 is invited to get their students to participate in “SEI Insights” - an objective type questionnaire that will evaluate the socio-emotional intelligence of their students. Each student opting to participate will receive a confidential report and each school as a whole will also get a report. Schools will be given Certificates in the Gold, Silver and Bronze category depending on the performance of their students collectively. To know more details and to participate please click on this link : Heartful Insights


Category 2

Each participating student from Category 2 ( Age:19-25) also has an opportunity to participate in the Youth Innovation Awards. Participating students will be required to survey the locality they live in and to identify a problem affecting the community which lives in the locality. They are to think of innovative solutions to the problem identified by them and to submit a project on the suggested intervention. A jury will select projects which will be awarded Youth Innovation Awards consisting of a citation and funds to implement the project. To know more about the event and to participate click on the following link : Innovator Award

Evaluation Criterion for essays in both Categories

Participating students have the option to carry out research on the theme as it is not an on-the-spot competition. However, all submitted essays must necessarily be the original work of the author and references or quotations therein must be duly acknowledged.

a. The evaluation of all submitted entries will be carried out by a jury for each of the languages based on the following criterion :

1. Theme introduction/interpretation

: Weight 10%


2. Structure and flow

: Weight 10%


3. Language

: Weight 10%


4. Originality

: Weight 20%


5. Relevance of ideas to the theme

: Weight 40%


6. Research/attention to details

: Weight 5%


7. Conclusion

: Weight 5%


b. To fulfill the purpose of this Event, the essay must reflect the author’s personal experience or views on the topic. Originality and relevance of ideas to the topic carry the maximum weightage.

c. Essays plagiarized from books or the internet will be rejected.

d. All awards will be subject to the sole discretion of the jury and their decision will be final.

e. The intent of the information provided in the English version of the Information Leaflet and flyer shall prevail over all other translated versions.

For clarifications or any other help please write to us at:

Awards and Recognitions

For Individual Student Participants

A Winner and a Runner- up : in each of the 11 authorized languages in each category will receive a trophy and certificate.

Certificates with Rank : Essays ranked from third to the tenth position in each of the 11 languages in each category will be awarded mementos and certificates stating the rank.

Merit Certificates : An E- Merit Certificate will be awarded to the 10% of entries shortlisted by the jury for the final round of selection in each of the 11 languages in both categories.

Certificate of Participation : E-certificates will be awarded to all participants who fulfill the participation criterion as per the guidelines.

Some participants may be required to undertake an interview by the jury by telephone or a video call as a final round of selection for the top awards. The jury will have the discretion to accept or disqualify any of the submitted essays and their decision will be final.

Appreciation Certification for Participating Institutions.


Important Dates

Submissions open on

August 20th, 2023

Last date for submission of entries

October 15th, 2023

Declaration of winners

December, 2023

For any clarifications please write to us at :