Inspired by the first edition of Manvantara, the Koppal administration announces the second edition

The initiative aims to cultivate the habit of reading in people, especially children, and give them better exposure

The initiative aims to cultivate the habit of reading in people, especially children, and give them better exposure

Considering the overwhelming response for its Manvantara, a unique initiative to cultivate reading habits and critical thinking among people in general and children in particular, Koppal District Administration announced the second edition: Manvantara 2.

The program is a competition for writing a literary review and literary criticism of the books selected by the administration. The competition is divided into two categories: children and general.

Four books, two in Kannada and two in English, were selected for the children’s category: Chidambara Rahasya (KP Purnachandra Tejaswi) and Marali Mannige (Shivaram Karanth) in Kannada and Becoming – Adopted for young readers (Michelle Obama) and Harry Potter at the Sorcerer’s Stone (JK Rowling) in English were chosen.

For the general category, the chosen books are: Malegalalli Madumagalu (Kuvempu) and Grahabanga (SL Bhyrappa) in Kannada, and The glass palace (Amitav Ghosh) and Ikigai: the Japanese art of staying young… as you age (Keira Miki) in English.

Applicants must select a book and write a review/review that does not exceed 1000 words. A contestant may write on more than one book.

According to the details provided by the district administration, interested persons should register at by providing their personal details by June 25, 2022. Reviews and reviews should be submitted online at the same portal before August 10, 2022.

A taluk-level selection committee will select the top two articles on each book in both categories and send them to a district-level judging committee. The district committee will select the two best articles for each book.

The committee will then call the shortlisted candidates for interviews and select the winners. The first prize will be awarded ₹20,000 in cash, followed by a second prize of ₹10,000 and a third prize of ₹5,000. Those not selected for interview would be honored with a consolation prize of ₹2,000. The best review of the English work would carry a special prize of ₹15,000 in cash.

“The aim of the initiative is to cultivate reading and writing habits in people, especially children. By reading and analyzing the works we select, readers would also get different ideas and better exposure. The first edition in 2000 received a good response getting more than 5,000 reviews. I hope people will also show similar or higher interest in this second edition,” Deputy Commissioner Suralkar Vikas Kishor said. TheHindu.

“The date for the award distribution is tentatively Independence Day. But it depends on how many notices we get. If we get more reports, we may need more time to assess and, therefore, postpone the date,” he added.

For more details on the program, people can contact Harish Jogi, UNICEF Child Protection Program Manager and Nodal Officer for Manvantara 2 at 9035129484.

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