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30th All India Essay Contest on Nuclear Science and Technology by DAE

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6 August 2018

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About DAE All India Essay Competition

30th All India Essay Contest on Nuclear Science and Technology is organized by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) which is a department under Government of India. In 30th All India Essay Contest on Nuclear Science and Technology, top 36 essays will be selected and invited to Mumbai for the oral presentation of their essay. Students pursuing graduation in any stream in India can participate by writing an essay on topics related to nuclear energy. There are 3 topics given for the essay contest. 30th DAE All India Essay Contest topics are given on this page below. The last date to submit the essay on Nuclear Science and Technology is 6 August 2018. The prizes will be distributed on 30 October 2018 during celebration of Founder’s Day. Get more details on 30th All India Essay Contest on Nuclear Science and Technology.

30th All India Essay Contest Topics

The topics of the 30th All India Essay Contest on Nuclear Science and Technology are

  1. Evolution of Nuclear Power in India

  2. Radioisotope Production and Radiation Technology Applications
  3. Lasers and their Impact on Mankind

 30th All India Essay Contest Dates

Students who want to apply for the All India Essay Contest on Nuclear Science and Technology can check the dates here:

Event Date
30th All India Essay Contest On Nuclear Science & Technology Starts 15 June 2018
Last Date to Submit Essay for 30th All India Essay Contest  6 August 2018
Prizes Distribution  30 October 2018

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DAE All India Essay Competition Eligibility Criteria

Gender  Both
Region  India
Class/ Age Students pursuing full-time graduation from any university/ institute deemed to be a university in India
Details  Not Eligible to participate
  • Those candidates who have earlier participated in the essay contest conducted by DAE and have won prizes including consolation prizes are not eligible to send their essays for participation.

DAE All India Essay Competition Reward

Winners will be rewarded on Founder’s Day i.e. 30 October 2018. There will be 3 prizes for each topic. The prizes details are given below:

  • First Prize (3 nos.): Rs. 25,000
  • Second Prize (3 nos.): Rs. 20,000
  • Third Prize (3 nos.): Rs. 15,000
  • Consolation Prize: Rs.7,000  (To all those who make the oral presentation but do not secure first, second or third prize)

30th All India Essay Contest

DAE All India Essay Competition Application form and Process

30th All India Essay Contest on Nuclear Science and Technology, the student has to write the essay according to the given guidelines and send the Essay at the given address before 6 August 2018.

Guidelines for writing the Essay or 29th All India Essay Contest on Nuclear Science and Technology

  • Contestants no need to write their name or address anywhere on the sheet containing the essay.
  • The essay must be written by a single person in English or in any official Indian language.
  • Essay must be written in the following manner in not more than 2000 words
    • An introduction in not more than 350 words stating about multifarious achievements of DAE in basic sciences and nuclear technology development and how these have helped in overall societal development in the country.
    • The body of the essay in not more than 1500 words on the following topics.
    • The Conclusion of the essay should not exceed 150 words

How to Send the Essay for DAE All India Essay Contest 

Documents to be sent along with the essay

  • Bonafide studentship certificate by the principal of the university/college, contestant attending.
  • A separate sheet stating the participant's name, College/ Institute name and residential address with contact no. and email-Id of the contestant as well as of the Institute.
  • Contestants have to send their essay to the following address (Essays sent through email or fax will not be considered)

Assistant Personnel Officer, Public Awareness Division
Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India,
Anushakti Bhavan, CSM Marg, Mumbai 400 001.

Note: No essay will be accepted if sent by E-mail or Telefax

Topics for the All India Essay Contest

Topic 1: Evolution of Nuclear Power in India

  • Role of research reactors in introducing nuclear power to India
  • PHWR for power generation
  • Various types of reactors
  • Front end and back end technologies
  • Safety approach
  • Present status and future plans
  • Future reactors and evolving trends (Molten salt and gas cooled reactors etc.)
  • Reactors for incineration of nuclear waste
  • Public awareness and myths about hazards of nuclear power
  • Conclusion

Topic 2: Radioisotope Production and Radiation Technology Applications

1. Radioisotopes production

  • Accelerators:
    • Cyclotrons (F-18, Ge-68, I-123, Ga-87 etc.)
    • Linear Accelerators
  • Nuclear reactor:
    • Nuclear irradiation of targets (Mo-99, I-131, Lu-177, Sm- 153, I-125, Au-198 etc.)
    • Recovery from nuclear waste (Cs-137, Sr-90, Ce-134, Ru- 106 etc.)

2. Chemical processing of irradiated targets

3. Applications of radioisotopes in Healthcare, Agriculture and Industry

  • Healthcare:
    • Radiotherapy (Teletherapy & Brachytherapy)
    • Radiopharmaceutical (Diagnosis, Therapy, Invitro Analysis)
  • Industry:
    • Radiotracer applications
    • Radiation processing using gamma and electron beam sources
    • Nucleonic gauging
    • Radiography & Tomography for Non-destructive Applications
    • Isotope hydrology for water resource management
    • Industrial effluents and municipal waste hygienization
  • Agriculture:
    • Mutation breeding to increase yield
    • Disease resistance
    • Radiotracer studies for optimum utilisation of fertiliser

4. Conclusions

Topic 3: Lasers and their Impact on Mankind

 1. Introduction

  • How scientific discoveries alter human life
  • Laser, a major discovery of the 20th century
  • Its mark on everyday life

2. Laser Fundamentals 

  • Laser working principle
  • Unique properties
  • Types of lasers

3. Applications in key areas that have influenced human life

  • Nuclear industry 
  • Healthcare 
  • Defense
  • Communication
  • Holography and entertainment

4. Future directions and conclusions

DAE All India Essay Competition Selection Process

Out of the total essays, 36 best essays will be selected. Only the authors of the selected 36 essays will be informed for the oral presentation of their essays in Mumbai in October last week. For final selection both oral presentation as well as the quality of written essay will be considered. Candidates can also prepare the powerpoint presentations for their essay.

Authors invited to Mumbai to present their essays orally will be given the following facilities:

  • To and fro AC 3-Tier fare for railways by the shortest route
  • Claim for reimbursement of rail fare for journey performed by Rajdhani/August Kranti/Shatabdi Express will be restricted to AC 3-Tier by ordinary Express/Mail train.
  • Boarding and lodging in the Guest House of BARC at Anushaktinagar, Mumbai during the authorised period of stay.

DAE All India Essay Competition Address

Anushakti Bhavan,
Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj Marg,
Mumbai - 400 001

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