Started in 2006 as an English-language essay contest, the Tata Building India School Essay Competition is organised every year to motivate and nurture young minds across India and encourage them to think on the lines of nation building. The 2014-15 competition will be conducted across the country from Jammu to Tirunelveli and Guwahati to Rajkot.
Speaking about the competition, Atul Agrawal, Vice President - Corporate Affairs, Group Corporate Communications, Tata Services said, “We are delighted with the overwhelming response from schools across the country for the Tata Building India School Essay Competition every year. Through this thought provoking and large-scale platform held in multiple languages, Tata group aims to encourage the students to think positively and innovatively in the direction of nation building. We believe that nurturing these young minds at the right time will contribute to their journey of becoming nation-builders of a happy and prosperous India.”
To ensure a level playing field for students, the competition is conducted across two categories - Junior level for Classes 6-8 and Senior level for Classes 9-12. Each year a different topic on the theme of nation building is selected and participants are required to submit an essay in 500-600 words. The essays are judged on the parameters of relevance to the topic, structure, creativity and communication of the idea, and prizes are awarded for school, city and national level winners.
The Tata Building India School Essay Competition 2014 – 15 will be a two-phase activity in participating schools. The first phase consists of screening inspirational Tata-linked films which stimulate the students to think about the nation. Followed by this, the topic of the essay will be shared with the students and they will be required to write an essay on a given topic, based on the theme for this year – Clean India.