Tata group recently launched the fifth edition of Tata Building India School Essay Competition, at national level. The contest has been commenced in eight labguages and is expected to receive entries from nearly 3 million students, from 5,200 schools across 150 city level competitions. Two new languages, Oriya and Kannada, are being included for the first time this year, adding to the already existing English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil and Marathi editions. The theme for this year's competition is based on reducing poverty in the country and young minds will be encouraged to express their thoughts on the solutions to this issue.
Starting from the key metro cities, this year's competition will be carried out across the country. This year, for the first time, young Tata Brands like Croma and Gateway Hotels are partnering with the essay competition. The Tata Building India School Essay Competition will be a two-phase activity in the participating schools. The first phase consists of the screening of an inspirational film as stimulus for the young minds, to get them thinking and to bring a greater focus to the subject. Following the screenings, students will be asked to write an essay on a topic of nation building. The schoolchildren are required to write the essay only once; this is the essay that will be judged at all the three levels.Entries for the competition are invited at two levels: junior (Std VI to VIII) and senior (Std IX to XII). The awardees who win the competition at the school level will receive certificates, trophies and special Tata Building India merchandise. The city winners and the runners-up will receive video cameras / digital cameras and will be felicitated at regional award ceremonies. The national winners will receive a laptop each as grand prize.