GYDC: 2009 Edition Pre Screening essay
Students looking to participate in the Global Youth Debate Conclave: 2009 Edition in Bangalore, India have to undergo a pre screening test to qualify. The test is applicable to candidates applying from anywhere outside India and following are the guidelines and deadlines that need to be adhered to.
The participant will write a 800-1000 word essay on any one of the following three topics
1) Practically all of the world’s drug development addresses the health concerns of rich people; it’s no wonder the poor die of disease
2) ‘We must democratize commerce. Each person, as a “microconsumer” must have access to world-class products and services. Simultaneously, each person must have access to global markets, as “microproducers,” for his or her labor at fair prices’ – C K Prahalad, Foreign Policy magazine, May/June 2007
3) ‘As a society, we should be sending an unambiguous sign that we believe no individual or family should be allowed to accumulate unlimited wealth’
> The essay has to be an original piece of work and has to have highest academic integrity. Any participant found violating codes of academic integrity, indulging in plagiarism or any unfair means will not be allowed to be part of the competition.
> While writing the essay make sure you give proper references and bibliography. Any standard method for doing so is acceptable but an essay without references will not be considered for evaluation.
Here’s a helpful checklist to facilitate planning the essay
Before you hand in your essay, use this checklist to ensure that your essay is complete. If you find problem areas, revise before you hand the essay in. For your information, this checklist is also used by the GYDC evaluation panel as a reference point for grading your essay.
i) Do you have a clear introduction? Does it indicate the point of view you will argue?
ii) Have you organized the material effectively, that is, is the sequence of presentation appropriate?
iii) Have you made a persuasive argument to support your informed point of view? Have you addressed both sides of the debate?
iv) Have you used relevant source material?
v) Have you carefully referenced all your sources, both direct quotations and paraphrasing?
vi) Have you included a bibliography?
vii) Have you corrected all typing, spelling, punctuation and grammar errors? Do not rely on spell check programs on the computer. They can sometimes be the stupidest! For example, if you use 'there' instead of 'they're' or 'their', the spell check program is of no help.