3 million students write about Clean India. National winners meet the President of India

·          66 winners from the ninth edition (2014-15) announced 
·         India’s largest school essay competition attracts 3 million students annually covering over 7000 schools across nearly 200 city level competitions

December 15, 2016: The national winners of the ninth edition of Tata Building India School Essay Competition 2014–15 got an opportunity to meet the Honorable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, today at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi as part of their felicitation.

Launched in 2006, the Tata Building India School Essay Competition is India’s largest national school essay competition that has provided a platform for students from class 6 to12 to express their views and ideas on nation building and pertinent issues. The 2014-15 edition was held in 11 different languages - English, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Oriya, Telugu, Punjabi, Assamese and Malayalam across 7000+ schools in over 200+ cities. In this edition 3 million students penned their thoughts on the theme of “Clean India” with the topic being “Describe your views on how cleanliness impacts national development and health and how you can encourage your locality and city to adopt cleanliness and promote healthy living”

Some of the thoughts expressed in the winning essays were:
·        Everyone must be his own scavenger.
·        Cleanliness of body, surrounding areas and environment is very necessary for our physical, mental, social and intellectual health.
·        …Dirt is the mother which gives birth to various diseases.
·        Spread Gandhiji’s message – “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
·        Cleanliness is next to Godliness. It sure is a sign of civilization.

The national winners of year 2014-15 edition were also felicitated by the Tata group at a function held on the same day at the Ghalib Auditorium in New Delhi. Mr. Ranjeet Goswami, Country Manager, Corporate Affairs, Tata Consultancy Services who was the chief guest at the event, gave away the prizes to the young achievers which included the Tata Building India trophy and a laptop. 

3 million students write about Clean India. National winners meet the President of India

Speaking at the occasion, the chief guest, Mr. Goswami said, “I would like to congratulate the winners and all the participants of the Tata Building India School Essay Competition. The entries submitted by the students are a clear indication of their thoughts and excellent ideas and it showcases the talent of these young minds. In today’s day and time, Clean India as a subject has received national attention from the Prime Minister himself and the topic for the competition is commendable to create awareness among the youngsters, as they play an active role in bringing social and national change. 

Expressing her happiness on being one of the winners, Mitali Agarwal from Bharatpur (senior category winner for the English language TBI essay competition from the 2014-15 edition), said “I feel extremely proud to be a part of this remarkable journey. This has instilled in me greater confidence to come up with solutions for the betterment of our society and country at large, and has inspired me to be a responsible citizen. I would urge the people of India to take a step forward towards making our country clean”.

Expressing her happiness on being one of the winners, Kritika Abhyankar from Ratnagiri (junior category runner-up for the Marathi language TBI essay competition from the 2014-15 edition), said “I am grateful to Tatas for giving me such a great opportunity. Tata Building India has motivated youngsters like us to express our views on the subject of national importance and has inculcated in us a sense of nation building.

Expressing her happiness on being one of the winners, Saumya Shukla from Kanpur (senior category winner for the Hindi language TBI essay competition from the 2014-15 edition), said” I am really excited to meet the President of India and visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan. It has been a great journey and 
experience and I would like to express my gratitude towards my parents and school for encouraging and supporting me to be a part of this prestigious initiative of the Tatas.”

Started in 2006 as an English-language essay contest, the Tata 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 stimulate the students to think about the nation. The audio visual for the year 2014-15 was ‘Keepers of the Flame, along with an audio visual on Tata Building India. 

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 a theme announced earlier.  The ninth edition (2014-15) encouraged young minds to express their thoughts on the theme of ‘Clean India’. 

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).

Here is a link to the video that encapsulates the  emotions of student winners of TBI 2014-15 after meeting the President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi - https://youtu.be/y7q7FTHTKy0

For more information, please log on to www.tatabuildingindia.com. One can participate in exciting online contests on https://www.facebook.com/TataBuildingIndia.

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 $116 billion (as on March 31, 2016). 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.