Update on April 5: We are sorry to announce that the Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program 2021, originally scheduled on April 7, is cancelled at this time. The event will be rescheduled and announced in due course. For more information, please visit the program page.
The Department of Asian Studies and the Asian Library at the University of British Columbia are pleased to announce the 2021 essay competition in Punjabi for Punjabi language students, in association with the Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program at UBC. Students who were enrolled in a Punjabi language class or classes at a university, college, or at the pre-collegiate level in B.C. during the last three years (2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21) can participate in this competition.
The essay topics for the competition are:
Beginner’s level: What lessons has the COVID experience taught you?
Advanced level: Discuss the role of social media in the Farmer’s Protest.
Students can enter in this competition in either one of the following TWO categories, depending upon their level in Punjabi. (Proof of level of most recently taken class is required):
Beginners: For those students who have completed or who are enrolled in the first-year level of Punjabi at a university or college or grade 8 to 11 in a high school in B.C. Students at this level should write a 400 – 500 words essay on the above topic.
Advanced: For those students who have completed or who are enrolled in a second year or higher-level Punjabi course at a university, college, or in grade 12 in a high school in B.C. Students at this level should write 800 – 1000 words essay on the above topic.
One winner will be selected from each category and will be given an award of $200.00; one runner-up will be selected in each category, who receive an award of $50.00. These awards will be announced at a function on April 7, 6:30 pm at Zoom.
Those students who are currently enrolled in Punjabi classes can submit their essays to their teachers (who are then responsible for submitting them by the deadline); other students can send their essays to the email address given below. All submissions must be via email and received on or before April 2nd. No exceptions will be made.
For more information or to submit your essay, please contact:
Asian Studies Dept.; 1871 West Mall, UBC, Asian Centre V6T 1Z2 or
Sarbjit Randhawa, South Asian and Himalayan Studies Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org / 604-822-2162.