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Pune, September 23, 2019: The Kalyani School, Pune, located at Manjari (Budruk), will host the grand finale of the ‘6th Nanhi Chhaan National School Essay Contest 2019’ on September 27th , 2019. The national-level school essay contest is an initiative of the Nanhi Chhaan Foundation to promote lateral thinking at the grass-roots level by creating awareness of social issues and concerns. The objective of the initiative is to develop and create well-informed leaders of tomorrow to build a socially conscious, inclusive and vibrant community.

The semi-finals of the contest will be held on September 26th, wherein the shortlisted finalists will have to write an essay on a topic that will be shared on the spot. On September 27th, a topic for panel discussion will be shared with the finalists, and on the basis of the overall assessment by jury members, the winners will be announced.

The topic for this year’s contest was ’How to create greater harmony among different religions’ and saw participation from 50000 students representing 2000 schools spread across the length and breadth of the country. Two essays from each school were selected after independent assessment, and shortlisted essays were then assessed by professors of the Delhi Literature Society and a team from the leading audit firm, KPMG.

The finale will be graced by Mr Baba Kalyani – Chairman, Kalyani Group; Mr Harpal Singh – Chairman, Nanhi Chhaan Foundation; Mr Rajendra Pawar – Patron, Nanhi Chhaan, and eminent personalities from education and other fields. It will also feature cultural programs by children of The Kalyani School.

Speaking about the event, Mrs Deeksha Kalyani, Director – The Kalyani School, said, “We at The Kalyani School are pleased to host the sixth edition of Nanhi Chhaan National School Essay Contest 2019. Apart from providing the best infrastructure for learning, our endeavour has always been to not only impart knowledge but also to instil strong ethics and a sense of community wellbeing, and focus on a holistic and all-round development of our children who will create a positive influence on society going forward.” 

Mr Harpal Singh, Chairman – Nanhi Chhaan Foundation, said, “Ever since we started the Nanhi Chhaan National Essay Contest in 2014, we have received an overwhelming response from schools and students across the country.  We had started this contest to provide a platform for the youth to be aware about, engage on and subsequently advocate for some of the most fundamental issues facing our society today. We shall persist with our objective of reaching out to students across India to make them aware of the importance of critical aspects such as women empowerment, environment protection and promotion of secular values in our country.”

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