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EduDoc Entry Form | 2016

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Documentary Submission Deadline: 30 October 2016

For more information, contact:

Centre for Civil Society
A-69 Hauz Khas
New Delhi 110 016
Phone: +91-11-26537456/ 26521882/ 41607006/ 41629006

For any queries drop us an email at and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

EduDoc 2015 Films

Sylvester Bhaiya
Harsh Vardhan Singh


3Desxter : 3D Designing and Printing Curriculum
in Schools

Samarth Vasdev

3D Printing has the potential to revolutionize the way we create physical obects. The worldwide 3D Printing industry is now expected to exceed 421 billion in worldwide revenue by 2020. The technology is finding traction in a lot of industries hanks to the ever-growing list of 3D Printable materials. However, there is a lack of concrete knowledge about this unique technology. 3Dexter aims to assist educational institutions to develop 3D Technology as a skill in young minds through its 3D Printing and Design curriculum. The video sent alongside showcases the first step to set up 3D Labs in schools: Orientation Workshops.



Ranigarh is a remote and shanty village of the Sundarbans. The main occupation of the people of this area is agriculture and animal husbandry specially. Anu Chhatuie is a small girl who reads in class nine in such a school. The girl hails from a very poor family and goes to teach in a primary school in return of a meager amount of money after doing all the household chores. She educates the Cherubim of her area. Anu dreams one day the people of her community shall break through the fangs of ignorance and stand at par to the rest of the world. Anu lives to fulfill her dream in future. She dreads nothing and knows no prohibition, undaunted she strives for the betterment of her consigns.


Sumit Sisodiya

A unique education center started by Edupreneur Amit Tewari in Zamrudpur Colony, New Delhi. Adhyayan is especially for children and youth from low income families, who go to government schools, but do not get proper education or any other facilities. In the last 6 years starting from one little room Adhyanan has helped hundred of kids to perform well in school, as well as develop their other talents like dance, music. Today almost 100 children come to the center everyday. Amit is an alumni of Manzil, and was inspired to give back to the society what he himself had benefitted from.


Monochrome Spectrum
Rahul Saini

A Documentary on autistic disorders, its effects and how education of children can help in making them self reliant.


Pillar no.5
Mohit Hassija

A film about an individual trying to make a difference in the society by providing free of cost education to underpriviledged kids that are the future of our nation.


Sapne (Dreams)
Kahsif Noon Siddique

In today’s time of breakneck competition and unimaginable peer pressure,a heartwarming tale of a father and his daughter. Sana’s hard working and sincere student,on the verge of womanhood. An overly busy father whom nothing but best makes happy and how an event change their lives forever. A truth of our evolving society we all can identify with.


Under Bridge School
Abhishek Jain

Great men exist even today who serve their whole life without anything this story is about that great man who wanted that everyone in this country should be educated and who believed that education is the only solution to all problems he decided to teach poor children for but as life is not easy he suffered through many problems in his life he wanted to open a school for poor children but due to lack of money he was not able to build a school so one day he saw a place under metro bridge and he thought this would be my school and then beautiful journey of under bridge school started.


Radiant Kids
Tamanna Sharma

Radiant Kids is a non former education and awareness centre for underprivileged children,at Jharsa village, was started by Apparnaa Laxmi in 2012. The initiative is a self funded and free for those who cannot afford.Though she is in doire need of external support for sustenance, she is doing everything possible to not only keep the school running but also provide quality education, life skills and extracurricular support to government school going, migrant and working children. In this film she talks about the initiative and highlightsthe importance of holistic education.


Sandikshan – Alor Pathajatrir
Pranab Narayan Sarkar

This tells the story of two women edupreneurs, who were trained Social Welfare Course at The National Council of Education, Bengal, a 110 years old institution. On completion, eager for doing social work like other trainees, they began educating the destitute children in slum around suburban railway station in West Bengal. The mothers were also made literate. Apart from literacy, the training generated an awareness of culture, environment and basic hygiene in the children, enabling them to take admissions to formal schools.


Siksha Jyoti
Somaya Iqubal

A man from very humble background left his job and everything to take up teaching, having struggled to get education, he has realized the importance of education, hence want to live his life imparting education. While he earn from the coaching institute that he runs, he also take out time for other children of nearby village and slums to teach them without any fee and helping them realize their little dreams


Sab Ke Liye Shikhsha
Somaya Iqubal

It was an idea of an individual, who admitted many children of the traffic signals to the local government schools and monitored them continuously for their basic needs. Gradually the group expanded and many other people joined, they are the regular working people who takes out time over weekends, teach them, get them admitted to schools and provide stationery from the fund they collect among themselves.


Nurturing Careers
Rahul Saini

A short film on cricket coach Sanjay Bhardhwaj at Bharat Nagar Cricket Academy in Delhi and provides quality cricket through innovative techniques. His personal interaction with the students and guidance has helped many cricketing legends like Gautam Ghambir, Amit Mishra and U-19 captain Unmukt Chand to represent India at international Level.

ABC Campaign
Karan Mahan
Lord Krishna Public school
A S Mahajan
Samagra Vigyan
Ananya and Vaibhav

Kamla; A change-maker at Aarohi Bal Sansar
Sheeba Sen

Over the past 2 decades,Arohi Bal Sansar(ABS) a rural school in the Kumaon Himalayas has been working towards broadening learning erxperiences of not only local children,but also that of young,aspiring teachers from the region. We believe that a teacher holds the door to learning,hence they too need opportunities to learn and grow comtinually.This film titled Kamla :A change maker at Aarohi Bal Sansar follows the journey of one such teacher and potrays how the combination of ABS and budding teachers like Kamla makes for truly inspiring "Edupreneur".


Story Ghar – Learning through Story telling
Nithil Dennis

Inclusive education is an appproach once thought only necessary for educating students with special educational needs. This film takes you on a journey of Jaishnu Sethi, Creative Director Story Ghar on her experiences of training special children along with normal children on a play based on environment. This film is a personal journey of the Director in search of the true essence and meaning of education.


Education with a Kick
Tejasvi Momaya

The school dropout rate among underpriviledged children is high as there is a need for each family member to earn so that there is food to eat and education takes a back seat.The OSCAR Foundation understands the importance of education for these children. They also understand their mind set and reluctance to go to school to study. Young leaders of the foundation train other youngsters in the game of football, making them practice, improving their skills, taking these teams to tournament and in the process also improving their way of living.


Celebrating Childhood
Rudraksh Monga

A story of Edupreneur who has walked extra miles to support and educate underprivileged people


Winners of EduDoc 2015

Best EduDoc Film Sylvester Bhaiya by Harsh Varshan Singh
Duration: 0:04:59
Sylvester Bhaiya

Sylvester Bhaiya is the real life story of Delhi’s My Angel Academy,life-coached by Sylvester Peter since he was 13 yrs old himself,dedicating 29 years of his life to a cause close to his heart.Sylvester used football as the main tool to reform lives of under privileged slum children against their everyday constant struggle and has been passionate about building the new generation of Responsible Citizen.

EduDoc Awards : 2015

  • 5 best films will be screened at the Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival.
  • The winning film will receive a prize of USD 300 / Rs 20,000.

EduDoc 2015

Free To Stop Being Poor

The Huffington Post, 31 August 2015

What is the difference between the rich and the poor? Some say, it is not so grand. On a daily basis, poor individuals face a set of constraints. Alleviate those constraints, and they will behave–make choices for themselves and their families–just like the rich do. This contrasts with the view that somebody else (preferably rich and foreign) must make good decisions for the poor. It empowers those whom development lingo calls “beneficiaries.”

In line with this understanding, part of the assistance to the poor has started coming as no-strings-attached cash, instead of mosquito nets or used sneakers. Researchers have studied the fact that the poor are extraordinarily stressed out, all the time. Relieving some of that mental burden, they saw, helps them wrangle savings and jobs much better. Political regimes that deny citizens economic, political, and other rights have been condemned as incompatible with long-term growth and development. The refrain goes like this: The poor could surely use some help. In particular, removing obstacles to their own success would be very helpful.

If certain obstacles act as poverty magnets, what are some apt ways to remove them? Unconditional cash transfers can be useful. They simultaneously eliminate a financial constraint and relieve emotional pressure. However, not everyone in need receives those, and the timings can be very ad-hoc. Presumably, the policies of one’s own government are a comprehensive way to make the poors’ lives easier. Local leaders are closest to the problem and their actions cause direct impact. Yet, leaving aside cruelly autocratic regimes, even a well-meaning government’s policy could turn out more restrictive than freeing and make it harder to escape poverty.

Parth J. Shah, economist and founding president of New Delhi’s Centre for Civil Society, researches restrictive economic policies as an artificial hurdle for the poor. The licenses required to be micro entrepreneurs–street hawkers or cycle rickshaw drivers–are one such policy. A government might be aiming for better quality of goods and services, or for improved urban space management. But if the licensing process is tedious, corrupt, or the government office is overflowing with applications — illegal businesses will flourish instead.

A street vendor or a rickshaw driver without a license is a rather benign part of a developing country’s economy. For the entrepreneurs themselves, this situation is far from benign. Shah points out that frequent police raids always keep unlicensed hawkers on their toes. Their stock of goods cannot be larger than what they can gather at a moment’s notice and still make a swift escape. Their business, he says, can never grow “beyond the reach of their arms.” Even after paying the monthly bribes to the police, the hawkers remain illegal. It is this illegality or informality that keeps the size of their business the size of their arms’ reach, and forces them to live a life of subsistence. The “License Raj,” as Indians call it, was removed for the formal sector but remains destructive for the micro entrepreneurs.

Another example is environmental policies, which are costly for everyone but most painful for the poor. Removing old taxicabs from the road with one sweeping legislation reduces pollution. As a bonus, it also helps passengers move on to cushier seats and air conditioning. But in one sweeping gesture it also takes away a heap of jobs and assets. In Mumbai, a law passed in 2013 made illegal all of its iconic Premier Padmini taxis past 20 years of age. This cars are spacious and sturdy, but also not very comfortable and long discontinued. In 2013 most black-and-yellow Padmini taxis were at or around the cutoff age. Their number on the road dropped from 10,000-11,000 when the legislation passed to only 1,500 by 2015. None of the professions affiliated with the soon-to-be-extinct car are very financially secure. That includes drivers, but also mechanics, parts dealers, and even makers of the infamous stickers to fit the car’s rear window. (For the latter think bumper-sticker slogans, but instead of a neutral “Proud pet owner” or “Harvard University parent” here you have “Love is sweet poison” and “Don’t miss me”). All members of this Padmini economy will now have to reinvent their livelihoods. Junkyards are the only small Mumbai businesses to benefit — Premier Padmini parts are versatile enough to fit other cars. But that will only last a short while, until all Padminis retire.

Real, small, struggle-filled livelihoods are the theme of Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival, an annual festival by New Delhi’s Centre for Civil Society. Its slogan is “Lift Licenses, Lift Lives!” Jeevika is in its 12th year of chronicling the narratives of the poor who make a living among limiting policies and regulations. “Padmini My Love” told the story of the retiring bee-colored taxi at the 2014 festival and won best student documentary award. Other films put the spotlight on farmer widows, street performers, garbage pickers, surrogate mothers, and more.

In 2015, Jeevika invites creative submissions from all Asian countries until September 15th. The screening will take place in New Delhi on October 30th, 31st, and November 1st. Through film, Jeevika hopes to help viewers understand and support the struggle for livelihood freedom, the struggle out of poverty.

Source: The Huffington Post

EduDoc: Entry Form | 2015

Application Form [DOCX | PDF]

Documentary ​Submission Deadline: 25 October 2015

For more information, contact:

Centre for Civil Society
A-69 Hauz Khas
New Delhi 110 016
Phone: +91-11-26537456/ 26521882/ 41607006/ 41629006

For any queries drop us an email at and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

EduDoc Guidelines | 2015


The filmmakers can be of any nationality.


The entry could be in any language. It must have English sub-titles.


  • The competition is open for Films/ Documentaries/Animation.
  • The film should be 5 minutes or less in length (including credits).
  • Films shot by Mobile Phones are also welcomed.
  • If the film includes languages other than English, English subtitles must be added.
  • Submissions from any country are welcome.
  • Entries are accepted through DVD submission or
  • 5 best films will be screened at the Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival.
  • The winning film will receive a prize of USD 300 / Rs 20,000.
  • Entries without the duly filled-in entry forms will not be considered.
  • Multiple entries can be submitted but requires separate entry form.
  • Films once entered cannot be withdrawn.
  • Entering films for EduDoc 2015 indicates acceptance that the entered copies will be part of the Centre for Civil Society Audio-visual Documentation Library for Screenings and also will be available online.
  • The films kept in our archive will not be screened commercially or sold.


Jury: The five-member Jury will meet to evaluate the shortlisted entries and select the best 5 Films/ Documentaries/Animation and a winner.


Best 5 films will be screened at the Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival

And the winning film will receive a prize of USD 300 / Rs 20,000.
Please Note: Taxes applicable as per the government rule.

5. About Centre for Civil Society

Centre for Civil Society advances social change through public policy. Our work in education, livelihood, and policy training promotes choice and accountability across the private and public sectors. To translate policy into practice, we engage with policy and opinion leaders through research, pilot projects and advocacy.

Vision: Each individual leads a life of choice in personal, economic and political spheres and every institution is accountable.

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