Ranchi : The Tata group has announced the launch of the eighth edition of Tata Building India School Essay Competition.
A national-level contest, Tata Building India is India’s largest school essay writing competition held in different languages across the cities of India.
This year, the competition is to be held in 12 languages and will reach out to nearly 3.5 million students, from 7000 schools spread across nearly 185 cities.
Two new languages – Punjabi and Assamese – are proposed for the first time this year, adding to the already existing English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Oriya, Telugu and Malayalam editions. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Happy and Prosperous Nation’ and young minds will be encouraged to express their thoughts on a topic based on this subject.
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 2013-14 competition has started from key metros and will be conducted across the country from Jammu to Tirunelveli and Guwahati to Kutch.
Speaking about the competition, Atul Agrawal, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Tata Services, said, “We are happy to see the enthusiastic response and the spirit displayed by the young minds from across the country.
The growth in participation from just over 100,000 participants in 2006 to 3.5 million students in 2013 is gratifying, and is a representation of the support extended by schools in our effort to inspire young impressionable minds towards the positive direction of nation building.”
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 between 500-600 words.