Have a larger vision for our future? Here's an opportunity to express yourselves

India Habitat Centre is inviting undergraduate students from across the country to participate in its fourth annual Award for Habitat Young Visionary 2007. The award, organised in association with National Geographic Channel, is an opportunity for youngsters to share their vision of a better India. The Habitat Young Visionary Award encourages the youth to "think again about the world they live in and share their horizons with cross sections of civil society on the IHC platform."To participate, one has to submit an essay in 1,500 words in English or Hindi. The topics for the essay are What I do for a living is more important than how much I earn; The future is ugly, we need to act now; Our strengths today will shape a better tomorrow; Mediocrity to excellence - way to get there and India-60 years young and ready to go.Based on the essay, 15 will be short-listed for the semi finals for which they will have to elaborate and defend their vision before a panel of eminent judges. Then five participants will be chosen for the finals scheduled for January 30, 2007. "The idea of the award is not to test the oratorical aptitude of the participants but to identify cogent and novel solutions germinating in their minds to the issues faced by our country," say the organisers. All entries should be typed in double space or A4 size paper. Participants are required to enclose his/her CV in 250 words along with a certificate from the institution/college they study in.Entries should reach before October 30, 2006 to Director's office, 6th Floor, Core 5A, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003. The entries can also be emailed to ihc@vsnl.com