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The Tata Building India School Essay Competition is one of the key initiatives undertaken by the Tata Group to ignite the imagination of the young, to instill a sense of pride and spirit of nation building in India’s youth.
For over a decade now, the Tata Group has engaged with young minds to help them think in a positive direction. The essay competition provides a unique platform to encourage young leaders of tomorrow to showcase their expressions in writing, on a host of national and social issues.
Every year, school students participate from over 400+ cities, writing in more than 13 languages. Over the last 15 years, the Tata Building India School Essay Competition has touched nearly 30 million students.
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Milestones
2006
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Competition in English started across six cities with 1 lakh students
2007-08
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Hindi & Bengali languages were introduced, the competition expanded to 12 cities
2008-09
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The competition expanded to 24 cities, covering 800+ schools and 6 lakh students
2009-10
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Gujarati, Marathi and Tamil languages were introduced and the competition expanded to 36 cities. The national level winners were felicitated by Dr. E. Sreedharan - The Metro Man of India, at Delhi on 12th October 2011. The winners got a chance to travel on Delhi Metro trains and visit the Metro museum, and also got the opportunity to see and admire the Rashtrapati Bhavan as a special guided tour was arranged for them.
Theme: "Future India"
2010-11
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Kannada and Oriya languages were introduced. Nearly 2 million students participated, writing in 8 languages across 150 cities.
Theme: "Poverty Reduction"
2011-12
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The competition was held across 5,000 schools covering 150 cities. The national level winners got an opportunity to visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan and meet the Hon. President Shri Pranab Mukherjee.
Theme: "Clean And Green Nation"
2012-13
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Telegu and Malayalam languages were added. The competition expanded to cover 7,000 schools across 180 cities with nearly 3 million students participating.
2013-14
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Assamese and Punjabi languages were introduced. The competition covered 7,000+ schools across 200 cities. 3 million students participated. The national level winners of 2012-13 and 2013-14 editions of Tata Building India School Essay Competition got a chance to meet the Honorable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on December 04, 2015. The young achievers of the two editions were further felicitated by Mr. Ronen Sen, Director, Tata Sons Ltd, at a function held on the same day in New Delhi.’
Theme: "A Happy and Prosperous Nation"
2014-15
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The competition was held in 11 languages across 180 cities. Close to 7,000 schools and nearly 3 million students participated. The national level winners/runners-up got a chance to meet the Honorable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on December 08, 2016’
Theme: "Clean India"
2015-16
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Competition held across 230 cities, in 7800 schools, 33 lakh students.
Theme: "Digital technology for Better India."
2016-17
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Urdu language was introduced. The essay competition was held in 13 languages across 200+ cities. Close to 8,500 schools with nearly 4 million students participated. The national-level winners/runners-up got a chance to meet the Honorable President of India, Shri Ramnath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on February 14, 2019
Theme: "Global Warming and Climate Change"
2017-18
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The essay competition was organized in 13 languages across 280+ cities. 9,400 schools with nearly 4.5 million students participated.
Theme:" New India @ 70 and your Contribution"
2018-19
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The essay competition was held in 13 languages across 300+ cities. 10,000 schools with nearly 5 million students participated.
Theme: "Lessons for Modern India from Mahatma Gandhi"
2019-20
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The essay competition was organized in 13 languages across 400+ cities. 7,500+ schools and 1.2+ million students participated.
Theme: "Building a Great India"
2020-21
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The essay competition was held online due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Theme: "Clean and Healthy India"
online essay competition
online essay competition
For the first time, due to the Covid-19 pandemic across the country, the essay competition was held online under the theme of "Clean and healthy India" during the academic year 2020-21.