The Tata Group felicitated the city-level winners of English, Hindi, Bengali and Urdu editions of the Tata Building India School Essay Competition 2016-17 at the Vivekanand Auditorium in Kolkata, on 28th December. The winners were shortlisted from over 3.5 lakh students across 680 schools from the states of West Bengal and Jharkhand.
The theme for the 11th edition of the essay competition was ‘Global Warming and Climate Change’. 195 English medium schools from seven cities participated in the English edition, while 25 schools from one city participated in Urdu edition, 60 schools from two cities participated in the Hindi edition, and 400 schools from twelve cities participated in the Bengali edition of the essay competition.
Winners were awarded trophies, gifts and certificates by Sahitya Academy award winner Bengali poet Mr Subodh Sarkar.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sarkar said “Tata Building India School Essay Competition is a great initiative to examine the skills of the Indian youth and I am quite amazed to see the young talents across India participating in this initiative. As a writer and a poet, I feel that any organization promoting regional languages are doing significant work and I really appreciate that the Tata Group is organizing such event. This year the theme – Global Warming, is also very important. In my opinion, the youngsters are really motivated to think about innovative technology, suggesting some new methods and devices on how to make this world a better place to live in. So, on one side, it is the language awareness and on the other side, you are building the awareness of the place you are living in.”
Shaoni Dutta winner of the English edition of the Essay competition from Adamas International School, Kolkata exudes confidence, she says quoting Hellen Keller that “All we need to know about is confidence. When you have knowledge within, confidence gets reflected in one’s face. In India, the education system has advanced miraculously and the system we are studying now is more advanced, scientific and systematic. So, whatever we know comes from a solid foundation. Events like Tata Building India School, enhance our knowledge and unveil a lot of talents and build confidence so that we can walk into the world as a confident individual.”
The winning essays were evaluated and selected on the parameters of relevance to the topic, structure, creativity and communication of the idea. The winning essays at the city level will be further judged by a prominent jury for national level recognition. The final winners will get a unique opportunity to visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi and interact with a national dignitary.
Over the years, Tata Building India has encouraged students to express their thoughts on themes of national relevance, like Digital Technology for a Better India, Clean India, Global Warming and Climate Change, to name a few.
Started in 2006 as an English-language essay contest, Tata Building India School Essay Competition is organised to motivate and nurture young minds across India, and encourage them to think on the lines of nation building. Tata ClassEdge, a technology-enabled holistic instructional solution, conducts the competition in their select partner schools, as well.
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