National Bal Shree Honour

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National Bal Shree Honour
Civilian award for contributions by children between the ages of 9 and 16
National bal shree honour plaque.jpg
National bal shree honour plaque
Sponsored by National Bal Bhawan
First awarded 1995
Last awarded 2015 (for the year 2011 & 2012)

The National Bal Shree Honour is awarded to creative children in the age group of 9–16 years. National Bal Shree Honour is constituted by National Bal Bhawan, an autonomous body of Ministry of Human Resource Development (India). The Honour includes a plaque, a certificate, educational resources and a cash prize. National Bal Shree Honour is usually awarded by the Minister of Human Resource Development at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. National Bal shree Honour lies among one of the three highest national honours for children of India, ranking 2nd, after the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement (Gold Medal).

Detail of Bal Shree

In Hindi the word 'Bal' means a child and 'shree' denotes fame and also used as an aura of glory.Shree also stands for Goddess of Wealth and Goddess of Knowledge.Therefore, the epithet ‘Bal Shree’ was considered to be the most appropriate for defining the attributes of those very creative young ones, who possess unmatchable qualities, unique approach and innovative ways and thereby they not only enrich the society but also cover themselves with glory. Such children are an asset to the society and therefore, it was considered to honour them as Bal Shree.

History

Bal Shree Scheme was conceived in 1993. After working out its modalities, it was finally launched in 1995.

Areas of creative expression

The Bal Shree Honour is awarded to creative children in the age group of 9–16 years in the following areas of expression.

  • Creative Performance
  • Creative Art
  • Creative Painting
  • Creative Scientific Innovation
  • Creative Writing

Mode of Selection

The selection of creative children in four areas is done at three levels:

  1. Local Level (by respective Bal Bhavans)
  2. Zonal Level (by respective State Bal Bhavan)
  3. National Level (At National Bal Bhavan)

Local Level

At this level National Bal Bhavan and all affiliated State Bal Bhavans undertake preliminary screening for selecting candidates for National level camp. A 2- days camp for member children is organized at State Bal Bhavans. After local selection 8 children (2 in each stream) are nominated by the affiliated Bal Bhavans for their respective Zonal level camps. An additional nomination is sent in case the nominee is a child of special needs or from tribal areas.

Zonal Level

In the zonal level, the country has been divided into different zones – North, East, West, Central, and South. As there are large number of Bal Bhavans in the southern region, South Zone has further been divided into two zones – South-I and South-II Zones. Every year different Zonal Centers are identified for organizing zonal selection camps. As there are certain states where there are no Bal Bhavans, representation of these states are ensured through the Chief Secretaries of these states. Children selected at the local levels participate in these 3-days zonal level camps where the second round of selections is made by local experts, specialists from the Zone and National Bal Bhavan. The local resource persons are thoroughly briefed by the National Bal Bhavan before the start of the camps.

National Level

This is the final level where the qualifying students from different States are provided a common platform to prove their creativity in their respective fields at the 4-days National Level Camp held at National Bal Bhavan. New Delhi. A panel of experts and resource persons drawn from the various streams is identified to administer the tests. In the National Level camp the psychological tests are also conducted by experts. These include verbal tests and tests on creativity. On the basis of these tests and other tools, the children are finally selected.

Criteria of Selection

While selecting children, the process and product are assessed on the basis of:

  • Originality
  • Innovative approach
  • Fluency
  • Flexibility
  • Divergent thinking
  • Elaboration of ideas
  • Creative process culminating into meaningful product
  • Effective functioning in the group
  • Analytical and critical approach

Tools used for selection of children

There are two types of tools used for selection of children

  • Activity related tools
  • Psychological tests

Activity Related Tools

For identifying the creative talents of children, an exhaustive list of activities is planned in four identified areas. The tools are specific to the activity as well as according to the different age groups. These tools are continuously being evolved and every time new and innovative tools are administered for identifying creativity of children.

Psychological Test

Standardized Psychological tests on creativity are administered.

Norms of National Bal Shree Honour Scheme

  • The participant must not be below 9 years nor above 16 years of age as on 1st

April of the year of participation.

  • The three age groups would be 9 to 11 years, 11 to 14 years and 14 to 16

years. The age group will be decided on the basis of age as on 1 April of the year of participation.

  • As has been regularly intimated to State Bal Bhavans since 2001, a child can

participate in Bal Shree selection process a maximum of 2 times, be it at any level (Local, Zonal or National), that too provided the stream or age group is different at the time of participation for the second time. A Bal Shree Awardee is debarred from participating again in the Bal Shree selection process.

References

External links

  • National Bal Bhawan Website
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