The Tata Building India 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 these young minds to inspirational Tata-linked films which stimulate them to think about the nation. Few to name are:
- Dreaming the future of Nation: – is Tata Building India introduction documentary, based on the previous years’ Tata Building India school essay competitions.
- 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
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?
The essays of the students are screened at 3 levels: School level, City level and National 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).
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.
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. It would be of interest to note that the essay is written by the child only once and is evaluated at three levels.
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 the regional level. The national level winners are felicitated in Delhi. 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 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.
The support and feedback of the teaching fraternity, school authorities, parents and students has always been forthcoming and is very valuable, which makes this initiative truly meaningful and successful in igniting young minds for the progress of the nation.
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 – class 6-8 and Senior – class 9-12).
Online Edition of Tata Building India Essay Competition
The online edition is open to all school students class 6th to 12th and the current edition 2018-19 started from 1st August 2018 the last date of submission is 31st July 2019, 24:00 Hrs.
Online version permits to participate only once in an academic year/Term on the randomly selected topics which appear on the screen once the student has registered Himself/ Herself.
However in case multiple entries being made by a student the latest entry by the participant will only be considered for evaluation. All essays submitted online will be categorized in two levels Junior 6th to 8th std. & Senior 9th to 12th std. and will be evaluated by Judges on the parameters of Relevance to topic, Language, Structure, Creativity, Communication of idea, and the winners will be announced on the Website of Tata Building India.
All winners will receive a citation. This is an attempt to reach out to School students were Tata Building India school Essay competition is not held at the school level.
How to register
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