Report by India Education bureau, Mumbai: The seventh edition of India’s largest essay-writing competition for school children – Tata Building India (TBI) School Essay Competition 2012-13 began in Mumbai on September 25, 2012. Targeted at over 2 million students from 6000 schools across 170 cities, this national-level contest inspires creativity and passion in young minds in building positive thoughts towards the country. Having covered 7.5 million students through its previous six editions, this year, the competition adds two new languages - Telugu and Malayalam, to its regular set of eight languages - English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Marathi, Kannada and Oriya.
Speaking about the competition, Atul Agrawal, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Tata Services, said, “The aim of the Tata Building India School Essay competition is to provide young minds a platform to express their views on issues of national interest. The carefully chosen topics every year allow students to be creative, insightful and genuine in presenting their vision for development of the country.”
He further added, “The overwhelming response to Tata Building India School Essay competition from students across the nation has encouraged us to take it to 6000 schools in 10 different languages this year.”
Capitalizing on the fact that schools are fertile grounds for great ideas and greater achievements, every year the TBI School Essay Competition identifies an inspiring and challenging theme for the competition. This year has been dedicated to ‘Science & Technology for India’ where young minds will be encouraged to share their thoughts on the topic. The 7th edition of this nation building initiative will also offer special one-time Tata Building India Scholarships to select needy students from each city.
The TBI School Essay Competition will be a two-phase activity in participating schools. In the first phase, an inspirational film will be screened as a stimulus for motivating students to think about the country. As part of this, a Tata-themed documentary: Speak for the Earth will be screened at the schools, accompanied by an audiovisual on the Tata Building India. The activity will culminate in the essay competition where students will be asked to write an essay on the given topic.
The English edition of the competition targets 1.25 million students from 2,500 English-medium schools spread across 60 cities. The regional rounds will attract 350-400 schools for each language across the country. The major cities are Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Indore, Goa, Nagpur, Bhopal, Vadodara, Nasik, Jabalpur, Raipur, Durg, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Manipal, Coimbatore, Cochin, Trivandrum, Vijaywada, Madurai, Vishakhapatnam, Hubli, Pondicherry, Kozhikode (Calicut), Jaipur, Shimla, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Allahabad, Jammu, Udaipur, Varanasi, Amritsar, Ajmer, Kanpur, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Darjeeling, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Guwahati, Siliguri, Durgapur, Ranchi, Cuttack, Shillong, Gangtok, Dhanbad, Rourkela and Agartala (Itanagar), Agra, Surat, Jalandhar, Meerut, Bharatpur, Gwalior, Delhi-NCR.
There are two levels on which the essays are judged –
Essays at the school level are shortlisted by the identified judges within the school. From these shortlisted entries per school, the school level winners are identified through an independent judging process. The essays of school level winners in each city are collected and evaluated by a panel of 3 judges from the field of academics and journalism, among others. The best essays win city-level representation
The best essays from each city are finally judged by an elite panel comprising eminent people to choose the national winners in each language. The essay is written by the child only once and is evaluated at three levels.
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 winners and the runners-up receive prizes like digital cameras and MP3 players. The national level winners receive laptops along with a trophy and a certificate.
The crowning moment for the national winners and the runners-up is an intended visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi and an interaction with a national level dignitary.
· Following the screening, children from Classes 6 to 12 are asked to write essays on topics of national significance
· School children are required to write the essay only once, the same essay will be judged at city and national levels in all languages
· To ensure a level playing field, the entry of the students is pegged on 2 participating levels - junior level for Classes 6 to 8 and senior level for Classes 9 to 12
· The essays are judged on the parameters of relevance to the topic, structure, creativity and communication of the idea.
School Level (30-45 Schools per city)
Junior (Standards VI to VIII)
City level (170 Cities)
Senior (Standards IX and XII)
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