Competition on Urban Imagination by NLSIU, Bangalore: Submit by Dec 31

About the Organisation

The National Law School of India University is an institution of legal education focusing on undergraduate and graduate legal and policy education in India.

About the Competition

Institute of Public Policy, National Law School of India University (Bengaluru) announces nation-wide competition open to students enrolled in higher education institutions of India (graduates, post-graduates and doctoral) on the theme of the imagination of a small urban settlement/city/ town in India.

Title: Urban Imaginations through Indian Small Towns

The papers will be evaluated by a panel of the jury on the criteria:

  • Ability to imagine grounded on empirical evidence.
  • Inter-disciplinarity in the imaginations.
  • Lessons from the models to other small towns
  • Creativity is finding a solution to the urban problem.

Of the entries received by 31 December, ten finalists will be chosen. These ten finalists will be invited to NLSIU campus during 13-15 February 2020 to the International Urban Planning Conference. The finalists will have a chance to make presentations in front of a jury who will select the best imagination paper.

Timeline of competition

  • Last date to receive the entries: 31 December 2019
  • Selection of the Finalists: 15 January 2020
  • Presentation by Finalists: 15 February 2020

Rules of the competition

  • The entries should be received strictly by 31 December 2019 by post (postal delay is not a valid reason) to following address: Executive Director, Institute of Public Policy, National Law School of India University, Bangalore 560272. Soft-copy submissions also should reach the email id: upcompetition[at]
  • The entries by the students should be accompanied by a certification (suggestive form available at the end of this call) from head of the department/college/institution or a senior faculty member.
  • Only one entry is permitted by one applicant. A team (maximum up to two members) could also submit an entry.
  • Entries are accepted only in the English language.
  • Entries should have a cover page. On the cover page following information should be mandatorily provided: a) title of the paper; b) names of participant(s), c) contact information of participant(s) including email address, postal address and mobile phone number.
  • Names of participants shall not appear anywhere other than the cover page. This is to facilitate an anonymized evaluation (after detaching the cover page with numbers assigned).
  • The omission of sources of information and plagiarism automatically attracts disqualification of the entry.
  • Both the written paper and presentations are given equal weight in the selection of the final winner.
  • The final winner based on the presentations during the conference in Bangalore will receive a cash award of Rs. 5000, and all finalists will receive certificates.
  • The decision by the jury is final.

Contact Information

E-mail: upcompetition[at]

For the submission form and full details, click here.

Competition on Urban Imagination by NLSIU, Bangalore

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