Tata group felicitates city level winners of ‘Tata Building India School Essay Competition 2015-16’in Kolkata

City Level winners of ‘Tata Building India School Essay Competition 2015-16’ from West Bengal and Jharkhand felicitated in Kolkata

Kolkata, 18th April 2017::The Tata group today felicitated the city-level winners of the ‘Tata Building India School Essay Competition 2015-16’ from West Bengal and Jharkhand at the Kala Kunj Auditorium in Kolkata.

The theme for the essay competition was ‘Digital Technology for a Better India’The winners from West Bengal and Jharkhand were shortlisted from a participation of over 2.6 lakh students from nearly 600 schools for the English, Hindi and Bengali editions.

The English editionwinners were from 5 cities in which 169 English medium schools participated. The Bengali edition winnerswere from 400 schools across 12 cities and the Hindi editionwinners were from 30 schools across Jamshedpur.

The winners were awarded trophies, gifts and certificates at the ceremony held at the Kala Kunj Auditorium in the presence of Subodh Sarkar, Sahitya Akademi Awardee.

Speaking on the occasion, Subodh Sarkar, Sahitya Akademi Awardee said, “Tata is doing a great job to encourage the young students across cultures and languages, to have great skill in languages through the programme called Tata Building India Essay Competition. I am delighted to know, that many of the winners are talented boys and girls, and I am extremely happy that they are truly inspired to express themselves in languages.”

The essays submitted by the students encapsulated their refreshing views and ideas on the topic. The winning essays at the city level will be further judged by a prominent jury for national level recognition and will culminate with a proposed visit to the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi and an interaction with a national level dignitary, e.g. The Honorable President of India or the Vice President of India.

Started in 2006 as an English-language essay contest, theTata 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 consists of screening inspirational Tata-linked films which stimulates the students to think about the nation. Followed by this, the topic of the essay is shared with the students and they are required to write an essay on the given topic, based on the theme. The theme for year 2015-16 was –‘Digital Technology for a Better India’.

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 over 3 million students across, 7500+ schools from 200+ city level competitions and 12 languages in the year 2015-16. The English edition of the competition in the year 2015-16 engaged around 2,200 English-medium schools spread across 60 cities. While the Hindi edition was conducted in 1600 schools across 46 cities in north and central India, the Bengali activity was conducted across 12 cities in West Bengal and engaged with 400 schools. Other regional language editions were held in respective states, where the language is the state language in 300 to 500 schools for each language.

Judging process

The essay is written by the students only once and the same 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 of eminent people to choose the national winners in each language (regional level winners in case of regional languages).

Prizes

  • 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, blue tooth speakers, 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 the intended visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi and an interaction with a national level dignitary e.g. the Honorable President of India or the Vice President of India.

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About Tata group of companies:

Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868, the Tata group is a global enterprise, headquartered in India, comprising over 100 independent operating companies. The group operates in more than 100 countries across six continents, with a mission 'To improve the quality of life of the communities we serve globally, through long-term stakeholder value creation based on Leadership with Trust'. Tata Sons is the principal investment holding company and promoter of Tata companies. Sixty-six percent of the equity share capital of Tata Sons is held by philanthropic trusts, which support education, health, livelihood generation and art and culture. In 2015-16, the revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $103 billion. These companies collectively employ over 660,000 people. Each Tata company or enterprise operates independently under the guidance and supervision of its own board of directors and shareholders. There are 29 publicly-listed Tata enterprises with a combined market capitalisation of about $130.13 billion (as on March 31, 2017). Tata companies with significant scale include Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power, Tata Chemicals, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Teleservices, Titan, Tata Communications and Indian Hotels.

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