USI-War Wounded Foundation Joint Essay
- Competition is open to all, irrespective of nationality. This
includes all members of the Armed Forces of India, the Territorial
Army and the Senior Division of National Cadet Corps, and
personnel of the Paramilitary Forces, Police and Civil
Administration in India including retired personnel.
- The essay for 2022 must be on the subject “The State of
War Wounded Personnel in India: An Appraisal.”The essay
should be approached keeping in mind the following:
Essay may vary in length between 3,000 to 4,000 words
(including footnotes). The word-length should be shown in
brackets at the end of the essay. Entries not exhibiting the
number of words or those exceeding the length are liable to
Essays should be written in the English language and
printed on one side of the paper in double space. Hardcopies only
should be submitted in TRIPLICATEand one softcopy to be sent by
email to: [email protected]
Hardcopy essays will be strictly ANONYMOUS. No detail
pertaining to the author is to be mentioned on the hard copy essay
or in the covering letter. One sealed envelope is to accompany the
essay with a paper indicating the author's name, address, email.
Service officers are to indicate their personal number, rank, date of
commission, unit, address and e-mail. On the outside of the
envelope, only the title of the essay is to be written. These
envelopes will be opened during the USI Council meeting, after the
judges have given their decision. Essays violating the
anonymity rule will be rejected.The email forwarding the
softcopy is to have only the essay title in the subject line.
The essay must be an author's personal and original effort.
Sources are to be cited in the laid down format. Jointly written
essays are not accepted.Disciplinary action will be
recommended against entries displaying blatant plagiarism
Three judges chosen by the USI will adjudicate. Marks will
be given on the basis of the following: -
- Wars and warlike operations, like counter insurgency
operations invariably result in casualties to military
personnel. Broadly, these are of two types 'killed in action'
and 'wounded in action'. From the latter category, some
wounded personnel become permanently disabled. While a
few are boarded out of service, there are others who opt to
continue in the service. For further promotions, they
compete with their colleagues and are not given any
concessions on account of their disability.
- War disabled personnel are neither recognized as a distinct
category, nor is there a system within the services of
maintaining a data bank of such personnel. Consequently,
they tended to be generally forgotten. Recently, with the
establishment of veterans' directorates by the services,
some headway has been made to reach out to them, but is
- Soldiers sacrifice their lives & limbs for many reasons, like
national pride, regimental and unit spirit, high level of
motivation, courage; but above all the understanding that
the nation will look after their next of kin (NOK), if they meet
their death on the battlefield or get disabled. While those
'killed in action' are given due recognition and their NOK are
respected and looked after, the war disabled are forgotten.
- Should the present state of affairs be changed? If so,
suggest a clear and simple methodology for preparation of
a comprehensive case, to include preparation of a data
bank containing all relevant information of occurring of
casualty, percentage of disability awarded and personal
contact details; how the data gets updated continuously;
methodology of adding new casualties; and all other
information that is relevant. Recommendations should also
include a plan for interface between the service
headquarters and Non-Government Organizations
The award of the judges will be final. They may recommend
the first prize to the winner (a certificate and cash prize of
Rs.15,000/-), as well as a certificate and cash prize of Rs.10,000/-
to the runners-up. The names of the winner(s) of the essay
competition, along with the winning essay, if recommended for
publication by the judges, will be published in the USI Journal.
The Institution reserves the right not to make an award, if
none of the essays submitted are of a standard which the judges
consider adequate. Cases of plagiarism will invite disqualification.
Copyright of all essays submitted will be reserved by the
United Service Institution of India.
All essays should be sent to the Director, United Service
Institution of India, Rao Tula Ram Marg, Post Bag No.8, Vasant
Vihar PO, New Delhi-110 057, to be received not later than 15
September 2022. Essays received after last date will not be
accepted. The envelopes should be marked as follows:
- The extent to which the contribution throws fresh
light on the subject.
- Whether in the whole or in large part it is in a form
suitable for publication.
- Understanding of the subject
- Thought, logic, development of theme
- Language / expression.
- Essays must have relevant footnote references and a bibliography, as applicable Essay NOT having footnotes or bibliography will be rejected.
All essays must conform to the CAFHR style sheet,
available at http://usiofindia.org/CAFHR/Guidelines/#Style
For any clarifications/queries please contact the
Secretary, USI CMHCS at [email protected]
- 'USI- War Wounded Foundation Joint Essay
RESULTS : : War Wounded Foundation Joint Essay Competition – 2022