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Vikas Pandey, Class 12 student has recently won the Creativity Expression Contest organised together by External Affairs Ministry and CBSE during the India-Africa Forum Summit. The boy is studying in Rameshwaram International Academy, Lucknow. He succeeded in winning the first prize in the 'Classes IX-XII' category at the national level for his Hindi poem 'Gandhi Aur Africa' and has been awarded with 'Rs 40,000'.
Abha Shah, Principal of the Academy said, "He was invited by External Affairs Ministry to attend the ministerial session of the India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi. He also witnessed the India-Africa Forum Exhibition and met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj".
The India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) celebrates close partnership between Africa and India. CBSE had issued a circular to all its member schools to participate in the same. There were three categories for the competition:
The participants could select any of the 22 scheduled languages and English. The competition was held between September 21 and September 28 in the schools. Thereafter, the schools selected the best entry in each category and forwarded it to the respective Regional Offices of CBSE. Each regional office short listed five best entries in each category and submitted the list to the Joint Secretary and In-charge (Academic & Training), CBSE.