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Tata group felicitates city level winners of ‘Tata Building India School Essay Competition 2014-15’ in Bhubaneshwar

Bhubaneshwar, September 28, 2015:(Biswaranjan Mishra) City-level winners of the ‘Tata Building India School Essay Competition 2014-15’ from Odisha, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Jharkhand were felicitated today by the Tata group at the IDCOL Auditorium in Bhubaneshwar.
Winners were selected on the basis of skill and thought exhibited through essay writing on the topic, ‘Clean India’, across 15 cities from Odisha, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Jharkhand. The winning essays submitted were refreshing and thought-provoking, indicating that the young talent of India has tremendous potential to take her to the next level. The city level winners will be further judged by a prominent jury at the national level.
More than 1.9 lakh students from over 450 schools participated in the competition. The English edition of the competition for Odisha, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Jharkhand was held in Cuttack, Rourkela, Raipur/Durg, Kolkata, Jamshedpur and Ranchi where 180 English medium schools participated. The Odia edition saw participation of 250 schools acrossBhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Nayagarh and Keonjhar. In addition, the Hindi edition saw participation of 29 schools across Jamshedpur/Ranchi (PurbiSinghbhum).
The felicitation ceremony was held at the IDCOL Auditorium in the presence of the Chief Guest,Mr. Raghunath Mohapatra, who awarded trophies and gift certificates to the winners. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Raghunath Mohapatra, Padma Vibhushan recipient, architect and sculptor said, “This is a laudable effort by Tata. You are doing a great thing by organizing this kind of competition all across India in various regional languages. Looking at the necessity of sports & other extracurricular activity, these efforts will help students for their all round growth”.
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 to think 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 that help stimulate students to think about the nation; in the second phase, the topic for the essay is shared with the students on which they are required to write an essay. The theme for year 2014-15 was Clean 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 nearly 3 million students across 200 cities and 7000 schools in 12 languages.
Judging process
The essay is written by the students only once but 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 winners from each city are judged by a panel comprising of eminent people to choose the national winners in each language (state level winners in case of regional languages).
• 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 and music players, 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 an intended visit to RashtrapatiBhavan in New Delhi and an interaction with a national level dignitary.

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