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National Online Declamation Competition on International Day of Nonviolence, by UILS, Panjab University

The Society for Quiz is a constituent society of the University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh. The Society owes its existence to the vital role played by the quizzes in the learning process. Considering how promising the quizzes are in terms of expanding the horizons of one’s knowledge and improving the efficiency of mind, the Society is completely devoted to organizing various types of quizzes throughout the year, both online and offline.

Also, to keep the spirit of competition alive, the Society aims not to limit itself to its home institution but also to reach out to the students throughout the nation. Furthermore, believing in the potential of a quiz as an activity to raise general awareness, the Society is also unrestricted in its choice of topics for the quizzes and is not limited merely to the topics of the law.

About the Quiz Competition

NSS (National Service Scheme)

The National Service Scheme was started by the Government of India, Ministry of Education and Culture, Govt. of India, in collaboration with State Government in the year 1969 in 37selected Universities. Our University has been participating in the scheme right from its inception. At present, the scheme is run by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports in Central Government and the Department of Higher & Technical Education in State Government.

At present around 120 colleges of our University are implementing this scheme. Panjab University with 15 NSS units has been organizing various NSS activities in the PU Campuses and its 5 adopted villages falling in the UT Chandigarh and around 70 villages situated in the state of Punjab. Major achievements of the Panjab University NSS are implementation of NSS Elective subject in the undergraduate courses, PGI Assistance Project, 2nd position of NSS Contingent at State Level Parade, E-Waste Management Programme, and Digital Literacy Programme.


The motto of the NSS is: ‘NOT ME BUT YOU’. This reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other person’s point of view.

Gandhi Jayanti

Gandhi Jayanti is an event celebrated in India to mark the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. It is celebrated annually on 2 October, and it is one of the three national holidays of India. The UN General Assembly announced on 15 June 2007 that it adopted a resolution which declared that 2 October will be celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence.

Gandhi Jayanti is observed to honour and pay rich tributes to the Father of the Nation and on this day, people remember his invaluable contributions to India’s freedom struggle and independence movement. His path-breaking principles of ahimsa and swaraj are observed across all the institutions in India. People celebrate his teachings through various initiatives that can lead to the betterment of our surroundings, the city, and eventually the country.

The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

According to General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”. The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding, and non-violence”.

Gandhi Jayanti is marked by prayer services and tributes all over India, including at Gandhi’s memorial, Raj Ghat, in New Delhi where he was cremated. Popular activities include prayer meetings, commemorative ceremonies in different cities by colleges, local government institutions, and socio-political institutions. Painting and essay competitions are conducted and best awards are granted for projects in schools and the community encouraging a nonviolent way of life as well as celebrating Gandhi’s effort in the Indian independence movement. Gandhi’s favourite Bhajan (Hindu devotional song), Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram, is usually sung in his memory. Statues of Mahatma Gandhi throughout the country are decorated with flowers and garlands, and some people avoid drinking alcohol or eating meat on the day.


  • The competition is open to all the students pursuing a Bachelor’s/Master’s/PG degree or Certificate course from any affiliated University/College/Institute.
  • No restriction on the number of entries from one university/college/institute.


  • There is no registration fee for the competition.
  • One is required to register for the Declamation Competition: Gandhi Jayanti via the link given at the end of this post.
  • Participants can register themselves till October 06, 2021.


The participants are free to choose their topic from the below-mentioned themes:

  • Nonviolence and Multilateral Diplomacy
  • Relevance of Gandhian Philosophy in the 21st century
  • India and the Anglo-Boer War
  • Gandhi – from an Ordinary Barrister to the Father of Nation
  • Movement of Truth & Force: Satyagrah

Important Dates

  • The Declamation Competition will be conducted via Microsoft Teams.
  • The link & schedule will be provided via mail to the participants.

Important DatesRoundsOctober 8, 2021Preliminary RoundOctober 10, 2021Final Round


A. General Rule:

a) The language of the contest shall be English only.
b) The participants will speak on the topic with areas given on.
c) The speech will be of 5-7 minutes duration. The time limit will be strictly enforced. The first warning bell would be struck at the 5th minute. The final warning bell will be given 30 seconds before the 7th minute.
d) The speaker is expected to memorize their speech and is not allowed to read any part of the speech from papers, notes, or cards.

B. The contestants may keep in view the following points while delivering their speech:

a. Content

(I) Greeting & introduction of the subject
(II) Exposition of the main theme (Conciseness & clarity of message, originality/points of interest, Incorporation of Personal References, Quotations, etc)
(III) Conclusion

b. Speaking Presentation

(I) Memorization (evaluated by pauses)
(II) Verbal Clarity (Annunciation and pronunciation of words, voice strength, and projection) Presentation/Speaking style (Mannerisms, Audience contact and voice modulation, ability to keep the audience engaged by their speaking style)


General rules of marking are as per the following criteria out of the marks allocated against each category:

S. No.Marking CriteriaMarks1.      Command over subject202.      Explanatory Skills203.      Presentation Skills204.      Clarity of Ideas and Thoughts205.      Confidence Level106.      Starting and Ending of Declamation10TOTAL 100

  • The marks awarded by all the judges should be added for arriving at the total marks of a participant. The average marks thus calculated shall be the final score for a particular participant based on the scores a merit list shall be prepared.
  • Based on which those who have scored the highest marks in order of merit Top 8 performers shall qualify for Round II.
  • Those who have scored the highest marks in round II in order of merit shall be declared 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize winners.
  • Based on which those who have scored the highest marks in order of merit Top 8 performers shall qualify for Round II.
  • Those who have scored the highest marks in round II in order of merit shall be declared 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize winners.


  • 1st Winner: A cash prize of Rs. 1500 + Certificate of Merit (E-Certificate)
  • 2nd Winner: A cash prize of Rs. 1200+ Certificate of Merit (E-Certificate)
  • 3rd Winner: A cash prize of Rs. 900 +  Certificate of Merit (E-Certificate)
  • All the participants will be given the Certificate of Participation (E-Certificate)

Contact Information

Kindly mail your queries at

Student Convenors

  • Vaibhav Goyal (President): 9781520216
  • Rabia Mittal (Secretary): 9780212040
  • Pranjali Aggarwal (Treasurer): 7858820006
  • Prakhar Sharma  (Event Coordinator): 9813755975
  • Ujjawal Aggarwal (Event Coordinator): 7009178394
  • Drishti (Event Coordinator): 946390899

About the organizer

University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) was established as the constituent department of Panjab University, in the academic session 2004-05. During a short period, it has emerged as one of the premier legal Institutes in the country with a unique blend of tradition and modernity. Students are trained in the essence of the substantive laws, techniques of procedural laws, methods of client counselling, and skills in legal and social sciences research, etc. The Moot Court Competitions, Client Counselling Sessions, Quiz Contests, Seminars, Group Discussions, and Extension Lectures, etc. are regular features of the academic calendar of the Institute. The Institute’s Legal Aid Clinic, which provides free legal services to the economically weaker sections of the society as a part of the community outreach program of the Institute, also offers opportunities to the students to work in coordination with practising lawyers.


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National Online Declamation Competition on International Day of Nonviolence, by UILS, Panjab University

Oct 8, 2021
Hosted by:
UILS, Punjab University
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