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January 16, 2018

National winners of Tata Building India School Essay Competition 2015-16 felicitated in New Delhi

  • Tata Building India is country’s largest national school essay competition
  • The 10th edition attracted 3.3 million students from 230 cities and 7800 schools in India

Mumbai: The Tata group today felicitated the 73 national winners of the 10th edition of Tata Building India School Essay Competition 2015-16 at a ceremony held in New Delhi. This edition of the competition encouraged young minds to express their thoughts on ‘Digital Technology for a Better India’.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons, and senior leaders from the Tata group, with the national winners of the 2015-16 edition of 'Tata Building India School Essay Competition' at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on January 12, 2018

The 2015-16 edition of the competition was held in 12 languages across 230 cities with participation from nearly 3.3 Million students from 7,800 schools.

The winning essays reflected impactful, profound thoughts which showcased the vision of Young India. Some of the noteworthy thoughts expressed in the winning essays were:

  • ‘Technology connects us, technology unites us and technology amplifies our future’
  • A quote by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stating – ‘I dream of a digital India where access to information knows no barrier’

Harish Bhat, brand custodian, Tata Sons, was the chief guest at the event.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr Bhat said, “To all the students who have gathered today, the only message that I would like to give you is as you move forward in life, remember you should pursue excellence and not be satisfied with second best in what-ever you do. God has given us so many capabilities, it is our duty to develop these capabilities to the level of excellence we can achieve and finally use this excellence for the benefit of our community and nation as there is nothing greater than achieving that in one’s life”.

Tata Building India School Essay Competition is India’s largest national school essay competition that has provided a platform for students from classes 6 to12 to express their views and ideas on nation building and pertinent issues. With each passing year, Tata Building India School Essay Competition identifies an inspiring and challenging theme for the competition on topics of national relevance.

Harish Bhat, brand custodian, Tata Sons, with the national winners of the 2015-16 edition of Tata Building India School Essay Competition


About Tata Building India Essay Competition

Tata Building India School Essay Competition is a two-phase activity in participating schools. In the second phase, the topic of the essay is shared with the students, on which they are required to pen an essay, based on the year’s theme, announced earlier.

Judging process

The essay is written by the students only once and the same 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 best essays from each city are finally judged by an elite panel comprising of eminent people to choose the national winners in each language (regional level winners in case of regional languages).

For more information, please log on to www.tatabuildingindia.com. One can participate in exciting online contests on https://www.facebook.com/TataBuildingIndia.


India Essay Contest Winners

We were thrilled to receive 28 essay entries for the first India Essay Prize Contest held at BU in Spring 2013!

We had just four weeks for submissions! The contest was announced during the busiest part of the semester when students were getting ready for final exams; thus, we weren’t sure what the response would be. It was the collective effort of reaching out to students by our distinguished faculty from the BU Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA) and other programs, the Howard Gotleib Archival Research Center, BU Student Services, BU Writing Programs, and Global Programs that BU students heard our call and responded with enthusiasm.

We are so grateful to the following four faculty and staff members who agreed to read and judge the essays within a compressed ten-day period:

  • Maria Gapotchencko, Senior Lecturer, College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program, Boston University;
  • Nazli Kibria, Professor of Sociology, Boston University;
  • Douglas Sears, Vice President and Chief of Staff for the President; and
  • Sunil Sharma, Associate Professor of Persianate & Comparative Literature, Boston University

Congratulations to our India Essay Contest winner and runner up!

First Place:

Challenging Gender and Sexuality Norms through Devotion: Sufi and Bhakti Poets
Written by: Shrishti Nayak
A PhD candidate in Brain, Behavior and Cognition, in the Psycholinguistics Lab at Boston University

Winner’s reaction:
“I’m really excited that my essay was chosen for this prize. Submitting to this competition gave me the opportunity to share something that I wrote a few years ago while exploring South Asian devotional poetry in a humanities class. It was really encouraging to have people read and like my essay, which I had almost forgotten about. Initiatives like this India Essay Prize Competition give students in various fields the opportunity to explore their intellectual interests outside of the academic work they do on a daily basis. As for the prize money, I am currently carrying out research on Indian-English in the BU Psycholinguistics Lab (Indian friends — email me to participate! srishti@bu.edu), and since it is a small scale unfunded project, this money will help a lot with the various inevitable costs associated with research. Thank you again to BU Global Programs and India Initiatives!”


Breaking the Motherland: An Analysis of the Figure of Women in Post-Partition India
Written by: Jeremy Weprich
A sophomore in Kilachand Honors College at Boston University, pursuing a dual degree in Sociology and Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences

Runner up’s reaction:
“It was not until the second semester of my sophomore year at Boston University that I was introduced to India’s power as a global and historic force. Although I have experienced years of high-quality education in the United States, it seems that much of South Asia’s role in international, historical, and cultural developments has been largely overlooked by Western academic institutions. To ignore the ethnic, religious, cultural, and political diversity of India and the larger subcontinent poses a significant handicap to understanding the forces at work in the social, political, and cultural dimensions of our world. India, specifically, can be used as a powerful lens for which to understand patterns and concepts that reach far beyond the country’s borders.

I would love to use the money I won from this contest to begin saving for a future trip to India.”

The entire list of entries is as follows:

India Essay Prize Contest entries
TitleFirst NameLast Name
1A Comparison of Haroun and the Sea of Stories and A Tale of Four DervishesTheaDiklich-Newell
2A Glimpse of IndiaSundharamaniVenkitapathi
3An Afternoon TeaLavanyaMadabusi
5Breaking a Country: India PartitionedKelsea-MariePym
6Breaking the Motherland: An Analysis of the Figure of Women in Post-Partition IndiaJeremyWeprich
7Challenging Gender and Sexuality Norms through Devotion: Sufi and Bhakti PoetsSrishtiNayak
8Education for AllVidya Sachita ReddyVemireddy
9Epigenetics, Indian Renaissance and Vegetarian ChiliMckennaLongacre
10Feminine Transcendence and Masculine Dependence: Religion as an Experience of Gender in Indian LiteratureKellyFelsberg
12India, My CountryNishithaShekhar
13India’s Emerging Middle ClassKelsea-MariePym
14Learning PerspectiveAlexandraKramer
16My Boulevard of Shattered DreamsLouenPereira
17My MotherPriyalShah
18Outsourcing of Animation and Visual Effects Work to IndiaJustinWagg
19Palwal Rural Health MissionKatharinaSchwan
21Shaking A Reputation: India, Orientalism, and International
22Taal, An Indian MelodramaHarleenGrewal
23The Country of ContradictionsNeelDhanesha
24The History of KathakRoshniSingh
25The Influence of Western Culture on Indian Classical Music: Shaping Nineteenth and Twentieth Century North and South IndiaLavanyaPradeep
26The Taj MahalMitaliHariawala
27The Tale of Indian CivilizationAartiJawa
28Tomorrow you Fall?LaurieOhlstein

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