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CBSE Budding Authors Programme 2023-24: Igniting Literary Passion in Students

New Delhi, November 12, 2023 – In a bid to foster creativity and literary prowess among students, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced the CBSE Budding Authors Programme 2023-24 as the next phase of its ambitious CBSE Reading Mission. This initiative seeks to kindle the creative spark within students by encouraging them to explore the art of storytelling. Under this program, students are provided with a unique opportunity to express their imagination and ideas through short stories, with the exciting prospect of having their work published.

Engaging Students Through Reading and Writing

The CBSE Budding Authors Programme aims to provide students with a platform to not only read different types of stories but also to learn the art of effective writing. Students from Classes 5 to 10 can participate in this program by submitting short stories in either Hindi or English. The submissions are categorized based on the students’ classes, with specific word limits for each category:

  • Category I (Classes 5-6): 500-600 words
  • Category II (Classes 7-8): 600-900 words
  • Category III (Classes 9-10): 1000-1500 words

Program Timeline: From Creation to Publication

The CBSE Budding Authors Programme unfolds in three distinctive phases:

I. First Phase: Conduct at the School Level (10th – 30th November 2023)

  • During this phase, schools will conduct activities where students create and write short stories in either English or Hindi.
  • Students are encouraged to read extensively to prepare for the Budding Authors Programme.
  • Schools will evaluate entries and shortlist two students per category for the next round.

II. Second Phase: Creation and Submission of Stories (1st December 2023 – 15th January 2024)

  • Shortlisted students (2 winners per category) will be registered by schools on the CBSE Academic website.
  • Each registered student will receive a unique login ID and password for submitting their stories on the provided technology platform.
  • The submission link will be available on the CBSE Academic website under CBSE Reading Mission.
  • Students can develop, edit, and submit their entries until 15th January 2024.
  • Successful submissions will receive an online certificate of participation.

III. Evaluation and Publication

  • Entries submitted in the second phase will be evaluated by a panel of experts.
  • Shortlisted entries will receive editorial support to finalize their creation.
  • The best entries at the national level will be published by CBSE as a collection of short stories for each category.

Encouraging Reading Mission in Schools

All Heads of Schools are urged to promote the Reading Mission in their institutions and maximize student participation in the Budding Authors Programme. This initiative not only enhances reading and writing skills but also provides a platform for students to showcase their creativity.

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