The essay competition is a two-phase activity across all the participating schools in the country for students of classes 6th – 12th. The first phase consists of showcasing inspirational Tata-linked films which hopefully stimulate young minds to think about the nation. Following this, students are asked a few questions based on the films. Thereafter, the students 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 - Classes 6th – 8th and Senior - Classes 9th – 12th).
Digital Technology: How does it improve your life? What do you think should be done with digital technology for the progress of our country and its citizens?
How can you keep the place you live in - your home, your school - a neat and clean place?
What would you do to make India a happy country?
How will Science and Technology change our lives in the future, and what should India do to stay ahead in the game?
What should India do to win 20 gold medals in 2016 Olympics?
What can we do as a country and its citizens to reduce poverty and ensure basic amenities for every Indian?
As a young Indian, you have an opportunity to shape our country's future. What are the biggest challenges facing our country? What would be your priorities? and what role could you play to make India a happy and prosperous nation?
If I were the Prime Minister of India, what would I do to make India a super power by 2020?
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?
What should we do to make our education system prepare us for a better tomorrow?
Essays at the school level are evaluated by judges appointed by the same school. 1 winner and 2 runners-up are identified in both the categories - Junior (Classes 6th – 8th) and Senior (Classes 9th – 12th), depending on the strength of participation in the respective categories. Therefore, normally a total of 6 students are given prizes at each participating school . The prizes* usually include a combination of certificates, medals and Tata Building India merchandise.
The essays of the school level winners across all the schools from each city for both categories (Junior & Senior) are evaluated by a panel of 2 independent judges drawn from academic or literary fields of the same city/region/state. 1 Winner and 1 runner-up is identified by the judges from each city and for each language in both the categories (Junior & Senior) depending on the strength of the participation in the respective categories. Therefore, normally 4 students are again given prizes* for each language at the city level.
The city level winners and runners-up are felicitated by the Tata Group at specially organized city-level events. The prizes* at the city level usually include a combination of e-certificates, e-medals and a gift voucher.
The city level winners' essays in both categories (Junior & Senior) from each city are finally judged by an elite panel composed of eminent judges drawn from academic and literary fields at the national level for the respective language. 1 winner and 2 runners-up are identified in both the categories (Junior & Senior) for each language, depending on the strength of the participation in the respective categories. Therefore, normally 6 students are once again given prizes* for each language at the national level.
The national level winners and runners-up are felicitated by the Tata Group at a specially organized national level event in New Delhi. The national level winners and runners-up get an opportunity to visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan and meet a national dignitary face-to-face. The prizes* at the national level also usually include a combination of e-certificates, e-medals and gift vouchers of significant value.
Entry to the competition for schools is by invitation only, and organizers reserve the right to accept or reject any application for registration and access to the proceedings.
Students cannot participate on their own in this competition. Students have to join through their respective schools.
The English/Hindi/regional language version competition will be only conducted in schools where the medium of instruction is necessarily English/Hindi/regional language, respectively.
There is no entry or registration fee.
A student can participate only once from their school. They must produce valid identification and contact details if the organizers require them.
The Competition (film screening and essay writing) has to be conducted at the school premises during the pre-scheduled/pre-agreed timings. Essay entries can be disqualified for not following the prescribed procedure.
The essay topics are different for each year. Essays will only be considered if the essay is written on the given topic for that year.
The organizers retain the right to make any changes to the event, including but not limited to its format, date, rules, prizes, etc., without any prior notice.
Once you participate in this competition, you indicate your acceptance of the format, prizes, and organizers' decisions, including judging essays at the school, city, and national level, which will be final and binding.
The participants and attendees permit themselves to be photographed/recorded by electronic, online, and print media for telecast and publication by entering the competition. They further consent to be contacted by their given contact details.
All national/state level winners will be provided stay and return travel for the national award ceremony only from the city of victory, i.e., their city of participation.
Organizers will arrange for the prize distribution for winners and runners-up through their event management agency. Any loss of prizes during transit or due to any other reason, would not be the organizers' responsibility and hence wouldn't be liable for replacement.
All decisions taken by the organizers will be final and binding on all issues related to Tata Building India School Essay Competition.