Assam Girl Grabs First Prize in Global Korean Language & Writing Contest 2020

BONGAIGAON: Anubhuti Kakati, a student of Korean Cultural Centre India (KCCI) has brought laurels for the New Delhi-based KCCI as well as for her country India by winning the first prize in the writing category of King Sejong Institute Korean Language Speaking & Writing Contest.

She was announced the winner during the gala award ceremony held in the National Hangeul Museum in Seoul, South Korea, which she attended online.

Anubhuti – a Korean language student of King Sejong Institute, KCCI won the highest prize for her story titled “Meeting Korea through online” that beautifully narrated how she pursued her dreams to become a Korean language teacher by listening to Korean music and Korean lecture programs. Kakati belongs originally from Bongaigaon in Assam.

On this occasion, South Korean First Lady, Kim Jung-sook, the wife of President Moon Jae-in delivered an encouraging speech focusing on both the countries` symbiotic relationship.

“The whole world`s interest in Korea and the Korean language is getting warm with the rapid spread of Korean wave Hallyu. I hope you who are learning Korean would become a bridge between Korean and your country and the whole world,” said the First Lady while attending the award ceremony in Seoul.

Kim Jung-sook has visited India twice in the year 2018, and also attended the festival of lights event Deepawali in Ayodhya.

‘King Sejong Institute Korean language speaking & writing contest’ is held every year with the participation of Korean language learning students of King Sejong Institutes from around the world.

This year 1,918 students from 46 countries participated in the speech category, and 1,031 from 33 countries in the writing category. A total of 16 winners of each category will be invited to Korea for a scholarship program in Korean universities.

Shin Bong-kil, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India said, “Sincere congratulations to our Indian representative who won first prize. Hope more Indian students study Korean and become a bridge between two countries.”

More than 1,400 students from 73 King Sejong institutes around the world had participated in the preliminary round between April and July 2020.

The manuscripts of the students who were selected as the top students at each of the 73 King Sejong Institutes were sent to the King Sejong Foundation, which selected 18 students to take part in the final round.

The contest was held online due to the coronavirus outbreak worldwide, and each participant was given 90 minutes.

Six winners were selected at the competition awards ceremony held on October 8, 2020, and Anubhuti won the 1st Prize.

In her statement, the top winner Anubhuti said, “Thanks to the teachers I met at King Sejong Institute in Korean Cultural Centre India, I was able to get this opportunity and learn a lot. I’m still lacking a lot, but I’ll do my best to prepare well for studying in Korea and successfully complete the Korean Language Teacher Training Course I’m attending to so that I can become a Korean teacher.”

Anubhuti, who started studying Korean at King Sejong Institute in Korean Cultural Centre India, is currently taking the Topic Advanced Class, along with Korean Language Teacher Training Course.

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