Bengaluru, Nov 24: The Tata Group has launched the third edition of 'Tata Building India Essay competition', a national-level English essay competition. With more than 6 lakh students scheduled to participate from over 800 English-medium schools, this competition will be held in 24 cities compared to two last year.
The competition will be held in Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Jaipur, Shimla, Lucknow, Mumbai, Indore, Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur, Goa, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Cochin, Coimbatore, Manipal, Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Darjeeling, Patna, Bhubaneshwar and Guwahati. The theme for the third edition of this contest is 'Happy Country', a topic inspired by JRD Tata's vision of a happy India.
The Tata Building India Essay Competition, introduced in 2006, was the first in a series of national-level essay competitions for schoolchildren organised by the group. Romit Chaterji, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs Department, Tata Services Ltd, said: "The previous editions of the essay competition received tremendous response and strikingly bright ideas put forth by students were thought-provoking. The essay competition was just one of the platforms which brought forth the enormous potential the youth in India possess. The Tata Group will continue its efforts towards providing the young visionaries of India many such platforms."
The competition will be a two-day long activity in each of the schools. The first day will include screening of the film, 'Keepers of the Flame,' a 63 minute film produced by noted film maker Zafar Hai, which chronicles the journey of the three leaders Jamsetji Tata, J R D. Tata and Naval Tata, and their efforts towards industrializing India. "Crucible of Fire", another Zafar Hai film, will also be screened. The second day of the competition will see children participating in the essay writing competition on a topic revolving around the area of nation-building thoughts and initiatives.
Entries will be first shortlisted at the school level, and school winners selected. These essays will be collected and evaluated by an independent panel of judges for a city-level recognition. The best essays from each city will be finally judged by an elite panel comprising the nation"s eminent people, to choose the national winners. Winners at each city level and national winners will be awarded fancy prizes.