Karnataka Science and Technology Academy

Department of Science and Technology, Government of Karnataka

Essay Competition

With a view to spread science literacy and awareness, the KSTA conducts Essay competitions on an annual basis for Undergraduate students, Postgraduate students and General Public, both in Kannada and English separately.

Essay Topics 2020

Under Graduate LevelPost Graduate LevelGeneral Public
Post Covid 19: Socio-economic ChallengesPost Covid 19: Role of Science and Technology in Economic RevivalCovid 19: Lessons for the Future

Instructions: this link provides important instructions in pdf



  • The main objective of the competition is to promote creativity and leadership skills through essay writing. The competition brings out the ability to think quickly, write persuasively and present well-connected ideas in a cogent manner. A good writing style will be the key differentiating factor in determining the winners
  • Essay writing would involve critical thinking and reflective analysis to reach conclusions. Students are challenged with critical thinking, while scrutinizing arguments and taking positions to develop their own point of view more thoroughly
  • The topics for the Essays for the three categories will be based on suggestions of the Members of the KSTA Executive Committee, that will be hosted on the website. A month’s time is given for receiving the essays (both online and as hard copies), at the Academy
  • Essays must be original, not previously published or presented elsewhere and in word format as prescribed by the Academy, not exceeding 10 pages
  • The details of the author may be clearly provided in a separate sheet, along with the essay and no further correspondence will be entertained


  • Participants of Karnataka origin, located anywhere in the world
  • Undergraduate Students: Enrolled for UG degree programmes and not yet completed; age not more than 22 years
  • Postgraduate Students: Enrolled for PG degree programmes and not yet completed; age not more than 24 years
  • General Public: Interested in Science, Technology & Innovation, not be more than 50 years of age

Evaluation & Awards

  • Essays will be evaluated by a panel of distinguished evaluators, with criteria pertaining to Clarity and content; Originality and relevance; Structure and flow; Presentation and effectiveness in communicating the message
  • Results of Awards as indicated in the Table will be announced at the KSTA website, within three months of the last date for receipt of the essays
  • KSTA shall have the copyright of the submitted essays and Prize-winning essays will be published in the e-newsletter of KSTA at the discretion of the Editorial Committee
  • KSTA reserves the right to accept or reject any essays for the competition and the decision shall be final and binding in this respect

Details of Categories Prize/Award (Separate prizes for Kannada & English)

CategoryPrize/Award (in Rs.)
Undergraduate StudentsI – 10,000/- II – 7,500/- III – 5,000/-
Postgraduate StudentsI – 10,000/- II – 7,500/- III – 5,000/-
General PublicI – 10,000/- II- 7,500/- III – 5,000/-

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