The Tata Building India School Essay Competition is a two-phase activity across all the participating schools in the country for students of classes 6-12.
The first phase consists of exposing young minds to inspirational Tata-linked films which stimulate them to think about the nation. Few to name are
- Dreaming the future of Nation
- World’s largest Lesson – is based on the Global Goals for Sustainable development.
- Speak for Earth-is a documentary based on the initiatives taken by Tata companies for environment protection.
- Touching lives through Digital technology- is an inspirational story from Dharavi slum, Mumbai.
- Keepers of Flame- History of the Tata group
Following this, students are asked few questions based on the films shown. Thereafter, the topic of the essay is shared with the students and they are requested to write an essay on a given topic of national significance.
To ensure a level playing field, the students are divided into 2 participating categories across all languages.
- Junior level class 6 to 8
- Senior level class 9 to 12
The submitted essay will be judged on the basis of relevance to topic, language, structure, creativity and communication of idea.
The online essay competition is for students in whose schools where Tata building India school essay competition is not held at school level. The online version is permitted only once at the academic level on the randomly selected topics which appear on the screen after registration.
Topic of the Essay Competition
The underlying theme of the topic is always nation building. The topics are carefully chosen for students to be creative and insightful.
Some of the previous years’ topics were:
- Digital Technology: How does it improve your life? What do you think should be done with digital technology for the progress of the country and citizens?
- How will Science and Technology change our lives in future and what should India do to stay ahead in the game?
- As a young Indian, you have an opportunity to shape our country’s future. What are the biggest challenges facing the country and what would be your priorities and what role could you play to make India a happy and prosperous nation?
- Describe your views on how cleanliness impacts national development and health and how can you encourage your locality and city to adopt cleanliness and promote healthy living.
- How can you keep place you live in your home, your school a neat and clean place?
- What should India do to win 20 gold medals in 2016 Olympics?
- If I were the Prime Minister of India, what would I do to make India a super power by 2020?
- What should we do to make our education system prepare us for a better tomorrow?
- What would you do to make India a happy country?
- What we can do as a country and citizens to reduce poverty and ensure basic amenities for every Indian?
How to apply
Fill in the application form given here.
After successful registration,random topics will be displayed on the system’s screen and the student has only 90 minutes to write an essay on their preferred topic within the maximum word limit of 1000 words.
Multiple entries can be sent but only the latest entry is evaluated.
Note: Last date of submission is July 31, 2018.
The essays of the students are screened at 3 levels: School level, City level and National level
- School Level: Essays at the school level are shortlisted by the identified judges within the school, the top 3 school level winners are identified in each of the two categories – junior (class 6-8) and senior (class 9-12).
- City Level: The essays of the school level winners across all the schools from each city are collected and evaluated by a panel of 2 judges from the academic, literature and the journalism fields. Winner and runner-up in each category are shortlisted for city level recognition as winners from the respective cities.
- National Level: The city level winners’ essays in both categories from each city are finally judged by an elite panel comprising of eminent people to choose the top 3 national winners for each language edition.
In the past, the national jury included judges like the Padmashri Awardees from the fields of Literature, Art, Culture and Sports, Vice Chancellors of Universities, Editors of leading newspapers, Writers, Heads of Departments of English from Mumbai and Chennai universities, eminent personalities in journalism, and others.
Rewards and Recognition
The winners are rewarded at each level.
The school level winners are awarded at the schools, and special functions are held to felicitate city level winners at regional level. Prizes at the school level include certificates, medals and special Tata Building India merchandise.
The city winners and the runners-up receive gifts like Cameras / MP3 players, certificates and trophies.
The national level winners are felicitated in Delhi. They winners receive certificates, trophies laptops as the grand prize.
The crowning moment for the national winners and the runners-up is the expected visit to the Rashtrapati Bhavan and a face-to-face meeting with a national dignitary.
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Tata group felicitates city level winners of ‘Tata Building India School Essay Competition 2013-14’in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad, February 20, 2015:City- level winners of the ‘Tata Building India School Essay Competition 2013-14’ from Gujarat & Rajasthan were felicitated today by the Tata group at the Ahmedabad Medical Association in Ahmedabad.
Winners were selected on the basis of skill and thought exhibited in essays on the topic ‘Happy and prosperous nation’,fromcity-level competitions conducted in Gujarat & Rajasthan.
TheEnglishedition of the essay competition was held across234English medium schoolsfrom Gujarat and part of Rajasthan.The Gujarati edition saw strong participationwith 400schools acrossthe region. Both editionstogether attracted participation from nearly 2.84lakh students from the region.
The ceremony was held atAhmedabad Medical Association, AMA Housein the presence of Chief GuestDr. Anamik Shahwhoawarded trophies and gift certificates to the winners. Essays submitted were passionate and refreshing indicating that the country has tremendous young talent to take India to the next level. The winning essays at the city level will be further judged by a prominent jury for nationallevel recognition.
Speaking on the occasion,Chief Guest Dr. Anamik Shah, Vice-Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapith said,“I would like to thank the Tata group for inviting me to the regional felicitation of the Tata Building India School Essay Competition 2013-14. This platform has given me an opportunity to interact with the future generation of India. The essay topic – ‘A Happy & Prosperous Nation’ will inspire the students to apply the principles of positive thinking to the their own lives as well as encourage them to follow the footsteps of great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and JRD Tata to build a happy nation”
Started in 2006 as an English-language essay contest, the Tata Building India School Essay Competition is a unique initiative undertaken by the Tata group of companies to motivate the youth of India towards thinking about nation building. The essay competition provides a unique platform to encourage young leaders of tomorrow to showcase their expressions in writing on a host of subjects related to nation building.The competition is a two-phase activity in participating schools. The first phase consisted of screening inspirational Tata-linked films which stimulated the students to think about the nation. Followed by this, the topic of the essay was shared with the students and they were required to write an essay on a given topic, based on the theme. The theme for year 2013-14 was – Happy and prosperous nation.
About the competition
Started in 2006 with 6 cities and 100,000 students in the English language, the competition has grown manifold to become India's largest essay competition to touch nearly 3 million students across 200 cities and 7000 schools in 12 languages. The English edition of the competition will engage around 2,200 English-medium schools spread across 60 cities, while the Hindi edition will be conducted in 1600 schools across 46 cities in north and central India. Other regional language editions will be held in respective states, where the language is the state language, across 150 to 500 schools for each language.
The major cities include Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Indore, Goa, Nagpur, Bhopal, Vadodara, Surat, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Manipal, Coimbatore, Kochi, Trivandrum, Vijaywada, Madurai, Visakhapatnam, Hubballi (Hubli) Puducherry, Kozhikode, Shimla, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Allahabad, Jammu, Udaipur, Varanasi, Amritsar, Ajmer, Kanpur, Chandigarh, Meerut, Agra, Delhi-NCR, Jaipur, Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Darjeeling, Patna, Guwahati, Siliguri, Ranchi, Cuttack, Shillong, Gangtok, Rourkela, Jabalpur and others.
The essay is written by the students only once but is evaluated at three levels:
- School level: Essays at the school level are evaluated by judges within each school. Winning entries from each school qualify for city level evaluation.
- City level: The essays of school level winners in each city are evaluated by a panel of judges from the field of academics and journalism, among others. The best essays win city-level recognition.
- National level: The best essays from each city are finally judged by an elite panel comprising eminent people to choose the national winners in each language (state level winners in case of regional languages).
- The winners at each level are rewarded and special functions are held to felicitate the city level winners and the national level winners. Prizes at the school level include certificates, medals and special Tata Building India merchandise. The city level winners and the runners-up receive prizes like Cameras and Music Players, Certificates and Trophies.The national level winners receive laptops as the grand prize.
- The crowning moment for the national winners and the runners-up is an intended visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi and an interaction with a national level dignitary.
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