For the 2019 Edition of the Tata Building India Essay Competition, click here.
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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