Deadlines extended to 4th of July 2017

Due to the overwhelming requests we have received, and taking into consideration the recent floods and disruption of activities,  the organizing committee has decided to extend the deadline from 15th June to 4th of July 2017.  

The good news is that Advocata Institute plans to organise a leadership forum in Colombo and this will be a series of forums opening opportunities to take part in similar forums in the Asian Region. Essays submitted before 16th June (20th June for postal submissions) will be considered for the leadership forum in Colombo. So your hard efforts do not go waste.  

However if you have missed the 15th June deadline now you can try one more time by submitting your essay before 4th July 12.00 midnight.  The deadline will not be extended beyond this point.

Thank you very much for your contribution, efforts and patience.   Please see the revised dates on the the important dates page.  If you submitted your essay earlier and you wish to re-submit your essay, you can do that by sending an email to with the subject "RE-SUBMISSION".   

Please contact Dhananath on 0775080256 



Advocata Institute launches essay competition on economics

The Advocata Institute, a think tank based in Colombo, has launched an essay competition on the topic of ‘What economic freedom means to me’.

The competition is open to students in schools and higher education institutes between the ages of 16 and 24, who are citizens of Sri Lanka or currently residing in the country. The students must currently be enrolled in school, university or a higher education institute in full-time or part-time study.

Sri Lanka is said to be a land with much potential, yet somehow it never seems to be able to deliver on its potential. Despite free healthcare, free or affordable education, many young people are not satisfied about the available opportunities and choices within Sri Lanka. This is reflected in the increasing numbers wanting to study, work and live abroad.

Why is this? Why are young abandoning their homeland to move to new lands overseas?  Ultimately, economics is the study of choice. Because choices range over every imaginable aspect of human experience, so does economics. Something is obviously lacking in terms of opportunities or choices in Sri Lanka that drives its youth abroad or be what are these factors? These lie at the heart of economic freedom.

Writers are invited to share their insights, thoughts and feelings about what economic freedom means to them and to discuss what aspects of its core tenants are available and what is missing. Students are encouraged to interpret the subject the way they choose. The essays should be under 1500 words for the university category and less than 1000 words for the schools’ category. A range of attractive prizes is on offer with a first prize of Rs.100,000 for university students and a first prize of Rs.50,000 for school students to further their education, with exciting prizes, participation certificates and opportunities to attend an international leadership summit abroad. 

Essays will be judged by an eminent panel of judges including leading Sri Lankan and international academics.

Entry forms and full details are available on the deadline for submission is June 15, 2017. The essays can be written in Sinhala, Tamil or English.  

Taken from - Daily Mirror