About AWSARScience and Technology and Earth sciences ministry of India Government initiated a new project called (Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research) AWSAR. This project provides the opportunity for young PhD Scholars and Post-Doctoral Fellows to write their experience in the form of stories. They can write the experiences they have gone through while their higher studies and research pursuits. It should be written with some interesting threads and moments so that everyone including a layman can enjoy the story even if it contains technical words or explanations. If the ministry chooses your story, you can win prize money up to Rs.100000 which might be a great help for your higher studies.
Why such a project? The main objective behind this initiative is to make public about the discoveries and experiment happening in India nowadays. With simple language stories, one can easily understand such scientific discoveries and findings. Also, the common people can have the latest knowledge about whats happening in India in the science sector.
The importance of (Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research) AWSAR is increasing with the data that around 20000 PhDs and fellowships are providing in India in Science and Technology every year. So reading these stories will be a great initiative and definitely it will benefit people in many ways.
Who can participatePeople who are undergoing PhD or Post Doctoral Fellowship or people who are undergoing part-time PhD can participate in this initiative which is put forward by the Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences ministry Mr Harsh Vardhan. The stories can not go beyond 1000 - 15000 words. It should be in an A4-size with 2.5 cm margin on all sides, single column, Times New Roman font and the font size should be 12, 1.5 line spacing which should be composed in MS Word. The format is available on the website of the Ministry. Only Indian citizens can apply for this project.
Applicants can only submit an individual article annually. Re-application by applicants in the prior years is invited, provided that the eligibility criteria continue to be met. But the previous winners of this award won't be eligible to submit a research story second time in precisely the exact same category.
Prizes: In the initial stage, the ministry will choose 100 entries from PhD sector and 20 entries from the PDF section. It will be done by a special committee appointed by the ministry. All these 120 entries will get Rs.10000 each. From the 100 entries from PhD, the prizes of Rs.100000, Rs.50000, Rs.25000 will award for first, second and third entries which will select by the special committee.
In the PDF section, the best story will get Rs.100000. The committee will select the winning entries by checking its accuracy, clarity, fairness, resourcefulness and inner vision. So people should try to do maximum care while writing stories.
Also, the winners can participate in a Science film training Workshop conducted by the ministry.
How to participateThe scheme aims to encourage, empower and endow popular science writing through newspapers, magazines, blogs, social media, etc. The entries can be submitted through the website www.awsar-dst.in. For this year, the last date for submitting eligible entries is 31 October 2019.