Here’s good news for the students who had lost hope of getting their cash prizes won in different competitions under the smart city mission last year. The prize distribution is going to be held soon as the administration has released the cash amount meant for the cash prizes to the education department.
In October last year, 185 students had won prizes in different competitions held under the smart city mission. However, the prize distribution was never held as the education department did not get the money from the administration.
District Education Officer Vinay Sood said, “We have got the funds and we will be dispersing the same as soon as possible. It’s under process as some clarification regarding the distribution was required. Once it is completed, the prizes will be given.”
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The education department will now decide the date for the prize distribution. Director School Education Rubinderjit Singh Brar said, “In fact, we want to hold a function for those students but summer vacation is on. So we will just decide how to disburse the amount to the winners.”
The students were apprehensive about getting the prize money after the city did not figure on the top 20 list of smart cities four months ago. The Director (School Education), Chandigarh, had sent communiqués to the Municipal Corporation requesting that at least the prize amount meant for children might be given.
The total amount to be released was Rs 4.35 lakh, including the expenditure of Rs 50,000 incurred by the education department. However, after the city lost the race for smart city, the education department officials said that they had volunteered to bear the expenses of Rs 50,000 the department had spent. However, they added that the prize money should be released.
“Had we got the funds well in time, we would have given the prizes to the students immediately. The education department itself got funds so late,” added Brar.
In the essay competition, the prize money for the winner was Rs 25,000. For second prize, Rs 15,000 were to be given and for third prize, Rs 10,000. Essays on ‘Chandigarh of my dreams’ were to be written in English, Hindi and Punjabi with the maximum word limit of 1,000 words. There were two categories: from classes VI to VIII, and classes IX to XII.
In the painting competition, an “on-the-spot” contest that was held at Govt Museum, Sector 10, Chandigarh. Prize money for each category was Rs 10,000, Rs 6,000 and Rs 4,000, respectively for first, second and third positions, and Rs 500 each for 50 consolation prizes in each category.