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District Collector calls civil society to envision a new and better Malegaon

Wednesday May 04, 2011 06:27:36 PM, Staff Reporter

Nasik Collector P Velrasu (left) all ears as SDM Malegaon Ajay More raises a point


The Festival at a glance

May 01-June 20: The festival titled as Malegon of My Dreams begins with the SDM calling on the people of Malegaon living all across the globe to pen their vision about a new and ideal Malegaon. The competion is open to all and the essays, articles and papers can be sent by hand, post or by e-mail at

June 15: Malegaon Daud - A marathon race participated by everyone to promote peace and harmony. It will be held at 09:00 AM on June 15.

June 16: Cycle Rally - A rally participated by everyone to promote peace and harmony.

June 18: Urdu/Hindi/Marathi Mushaira - It will be held at Upkaar Theatre on June 18 from 09:00 PM onwards.

June 19: Chess Competition - Malegaon has some of the best Chess players in the region. This competition is first of its kind in Malegaon.

June 21 : Patriotic songs - Inter Hish School patriotic songs competition will be held at YN Jadhav High School on June 21 from 04:00 PM onwards.

June 23: Bait Baazi - Inter High School Bait Baazi competition will be held at Dr Manzoor Hasan Ayyubi hall on June 23 from morning 09:00 onwards.

June 25: Drama Competition - It will be held in the evening at Dr Zaini Bashir Shaikh Hall.

June last week: Vision conference followed by prize distribution ceremony - It will be held at Abdullah Ash Shae Auditorium Mansoora.

Malegaon: In an attempt to involve the civil society to promote peace and harmony, and in building a new and better Malegaon, Nasik district Collector P Velrasu has decided to host a week-long festival in the town. The program titled as ‘Malegaon of My Dreams’ includes competitions based on different cultural programs and a Vision Conference.


The festival begins May 01 with P. Velrasu giving a call to the civil society to pen their vision about a new and ideal Malegaon.

"Besides having inter-school and open competitions scheduled on different dates in the coming weeks, the week -long Malegaon Festival includes an Essay Competition. Through this Essay Competition, we are inviting essays, papers and articles from people living in Malegaon and abroad so as to have their views about a new, better and an ideal Malegaon", District Collector P. Velrasu said to

"This Essay Competition is open to all and anyone, whether he or she belongs to Malegaon or not, are free to participate and write their ideas about an ideal city", he said.


The competition is divided in two parts, one for the students up to 25 yrs of age and the other for the people above 25. While the word limit for the students is 2000 words, the limit for the people above 25 is 5000 words.

"The best three articles, papers and essays in both the groups will be given special prizes whereas selected articles, papers and essays will be published in a book form", he added.

The essays, papers and articles can be written in English, Hindi, Urdu and Marathi and should be submitted by hand or by post at SDM Office, Malegaon or at Citizens for Development & Peace (CDP) office at 172, Darul Amaan, near Haji Manzil, Fort, Malegaon on or before June 20, 2011. The entries can also be sent by e-mail at

Along with the Essay Competition, the festival, which is coordinated by SDM Malegaon Ajay More and Convener Citizens for Development & Peace (CDP) Aleem Faizee, also has Malegaon Run (June 15), Cycle Rally (June 16), Chess Competition (June 19), Inter High School Patriotic Songs competition (June 21), Kavi Sammelan (June 18), Inter High School Bait Baazi competition (June 23) and a drama competition (June 25).


Moreover, the festival will also have a photo-contest and a best-published article competition. The best three entries from the photos and articles published in last sixty years will be judged and given prizes.

The festival is followed by a Vision Conference which will be participated by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) team from Mumbai and the experts having experience in town planning and socio-economic, educational and industrial development.

Before the Vision Conference, the TISS team and experts will stay in Malegaon for a week, and personally inspect and discuss the issues facing the people. The TISS team will then prepare a Vision Document for Malegaon.







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