GNLU Essay Writing Competition 2016 on Global Energy Crisis and Clean Development Mechanism [Prizes Worth Rs. 15000]: Submit by Dec 25


Global Energy Crisis and Clean Development Mechanism


“Access to Energy is crucial to economic and social development and the eradication of poverty. Improving accessibility of energy implies finding ways and means by which energy services can be delivered reliably, and affordably, in an economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sound manner.”

– Commission on Sustainable Development (New York, March 2000)

With the depletion of natural resources and increase in global warming, significance for sustainable development has been realized. It is crucial to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In this spirit, various attempts are made at national and international level to shift to the renewable source of energy, which are conducive to the climate sustainability and the use of which will result significantly in reduction of the carbon footprints. The use of renewable energy restricts import of fossil fuels. The outcome becomes more strategic with the development of technology and energy infrastructure.

The generation and distribution of renewable energy essentially should be increased in order to fuel economic development in India. Production of renewable energy with the support of individual investors at grass root level and its distribution through decentralized mechanisms can also result in achieving the desired strategic goals. Thus, public private partnership is inevitable for enhancement of the energy infrastructure in the country.

While launching the target of universal energy access by 2030, United Nations Secretary General Ban ki Moon described the importance of energy access in poverty reduction and role of energy services, in meeting the Millennium Development Goals in following words:

“Universal energy access is a key priority on the global development agenda. It is a foundation for all the Millennium Development Goals. Without Energy Services, the poor are cut off from the basic amenities. They are forced to live and work in unhealthy, polluted conditions. Furthermore, energy poverty directly affects the viability of forests, soils and rangelands. In short it is an obstacle to the MDGs.”

Thus, Government around the world is striving to reduce the imports for fossil fuels and reduce carbon footprints and shift to renewable resources in order to meet the target of universal energy access. Towards achieving this goal, Government of India has devised several policies to meet the challenges faced by the energy sector. Integrated Energy Policy (IEP) adopted by the Government of India in 2006, identifies plethora of challenges to energy sector in the country. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission and The National Bio-Energy Mission were launched to promote generation of energy using renewable energy resources. Rural Electrification programs have as well been introduced by the Government recognizing the right to access energy. This in turn would lay an impact in the economic development by generation of revenue and job opportunities in the country.


The objective of the GNLU-GUVNL National Level Essay Competition on “Global Energy Crisis and Clean Development Mechanism” is

  • To address the concern for energy requirement at global level
  • To propose policy changes in order to meet the need for over all development of the citizens and the nation.

The GNLU-GUVNL Research Fellowship on Energy Law and Policy invites students and research scholars to produce their essay upon the suggested theme and sub-themes of the essay competition and put forth their research study and suggestions to augment the Energy Infrastructure in the country.  The competition endeavors to encourage and promote creative, logical thinking and knowledge about understanding the current issues faced by the Nations in Energy Sector at Global Level. A comparative analysis would be imperative to make in this regard.


1. Electronic Vehicle Ecosystem in India

2. Energy Efficiency of Urban Public Transport System vis-à-vis Urban Warming

3. Enterprise Resource Planning for Energy Distribution Companies vis-à-vis Consumer Grievances and Redressal Mechanisms

4. Pilferage of Electricity: Control Mechanism

5. Power Trading: Promoting Access to Renewable Energy

6. Rural Electrification by 2020

7. Sustainable Energy Integration in Smart Cities

8. Rise of Energy Procurement through Power Purchase Agreements: Contractual Issues and Dispute Settlement

9. Ensuring energy security in India within 5 years: How far feasible?


The Competition is open for Students pursuing Law/M.B.A/Engineering and Research Scholars.

  • Format – Submissions to be made in .doc formats only.
  • Word Limit – The essay should be in English, not exceeding 10,000 words (excluding footnotes)

The essay should be accompanied with an abstract not exceeding 500 words.

  • Citation Style – All submissions must follow the Oscola system of citation.
  • Font – The Submissions are to be made in Garamond, Font Size: 12, Line spacing: 1.5, Footnote size: 10
  • Submission Rules – Co-authorship is allowed but it should not be exceeding two participants.
  • Participants should not send more than one Entry.
  • All submissions must be original. Previously published material will not be accepted. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.
  • Cover Page – The cover page should include Name, Address, e-mail id, Contact number and name of The College/University along with address and Category (Student or Research Scholar) of the Participant. In case of co-authorship, the covering letter should include details of both the authors.
  • Every article will be peer reviewed.
  • Every participant will be allotted a code on registration. The participant will send in their articles in which the file must be named by the code they have been allotted.
  • The essay should not contain names or any other marks which reveal the identity of the author.
  • The decision of the Judges shall be final.

Essays should be submitted in Electronic Format Only.

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Last Date for Submission of Essay25th December, 2016


Participants are required to fill in the registration form and submit it on or before 10th December, 2016. On Registration, participants will be allotted their file code.


1st Prize – Cash Prize of Rs. 7500 and Certificate of Participation

2nd Prize – Cash Prize of Rs. 5000 and Certificate of Participation

3rd Prize – Cash Prize of Rs. 2500 and Certificate of Participation

Certificate of Participation for all the Participants.

Selected Essay would be published.

For further details, click HERE.

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