Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE)(Essay Writing Competition) 2023

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Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute invites essays on Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE). Through the celebration of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute is eager to recognize and reward the individuals who have contributed to the betterment of the environment by submitting essays based on their lifestyle. August 15, 2023, will mark 77 years since India gained independence. Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav will conclude with a celebration of 77 years of independence. 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' was the name given to the 75th Independence Day celebrations in India to commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history, culture and achievements of the people. Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav officially began on 12th March 2021, kicking off a 75-week countdown to our 75th anniversary of independence. It will conclude this year on 15th August 2023. The five themes namely Freedom Struggle, Ideas @75, Resolve @75, Action @75 and Achievements @75 were chosen to celebrate Azadi ka Mahotsav.

This year Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav aims to further boost this peoples’ movement by focusing on critical areas of cultural and social development. The new themes are aligned with the ‘Panch Pran’ announced by Hon’ble Prime Minister: Women and Children, Tribal Empowerment, Water, Cultural Pride, Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE), Health and Wellness, Inclusive Development, Aatmanirbhar Bharat and Unity.

Essays are invited on Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE), which focuses on mindful and deliberate uses of resources and aims to change the current 'use and dispose of' mindset of consumption. This campaign encourages individuals to adopt climate-friendly changes in their daily lives.

A winner's entry will be featured on the SICI's website and social media channels. Additionally, the best essay will be featured in SICI's Idea Journal.  


  • Age no bar
  • Essays must be typed. Hand-written documents will not be accepted.


The entries must be written in English only.

Word Length

Essays for the competition should not exceed 850-1000 (excluding spaces) words.

How to register/Payment details

The contest entry fee/one-time membership fee is INR 250/- and CAD 10 $ which must be paid using the bank details provided below.


Name of the Account holder: Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute                                  
Address of the Accountholder: 5, Bhai Vir Singh Marg New Delhi 110001
Name of the Bank: Indian Overseas Bank
Address of the Bank Branch: 70, Golf Links, New Delhi 110003
Type of Account: Savings
Account No. 026501000009532
IFSC code: IOBA0000265
GST: Not Applicable

Beneficiary Name: Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
Beneficiary Address: 1418 Education Tower, 2500 University Dr. NW Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Bank Name: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
Bank Address: CIBC Place - Bankers Hall - Box 2585, 309 - 8th Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB T2P 2P2
Institution No: 010
Account No.: 46-01416
Bank Transit: 00009
Swift Code: CIBCCATT

Essay submission/ How to submit (Google Forms is mandatory for registration. In the event that you do not register on the Google form, you will not be eligible to enter the competition and your registration fee will not be refunded)

All participants are advised to submit an essay via Google Form Link. 

Registration link/Submission Link:

Submission Deadline: September 20, 2023, 11:59 PM IST

Award value

1st award: 10,000/-
2nd Award: 5,000/-  
3rd Award: 2,500/-

Rules and regulations

  1. One entry per participant is allowed.
  2. The essay must be between 850 to 1000 words (without space). Essays with word counts of less than 850 or exceeding 1000 will be disqualified.
  3. Only the original work will be sent for adjudication
  4. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited
  5. A certificate of participation will be awarded to the participants.
  6. The best three (3) entries will be judged and awarded a certificate of merit. 
  7. Activity will stand to be cancelled in case of insufficient entries
  8. Any personalised mark anywhere in the entry's body will lead to disqualification.
  9. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, SICI reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time.


Dr. Reshma | Programme Officer
Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI)
5 Bhai Vir Singh Marg | New Delhi 110001 INDIA
Call us at: 011 – 2374 6417; 2374 3114; & 2374 2677