Essay Contests 2015 India

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).

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India Essay Contest


India Essay Contest Winners Announced! »

Prize: $500 award
Who: All BU students
Deadline: April 28, 2013

As part of Boston University’s India Initiatives, and to celebrate the BU-India Symposium on May 10, 2013, BU Global Programs announces the India Essay Prize contest for the best student essay submitted by a BU student on an Indian topic. We want to celebrate India through good writing, thus all topics relevant to India—cultural history, scientific achievement, philosophical ideas, or other areas—may be submitted. The Essay Prize is for nonfiction prose and we welcome entries that inform, delight, teach, and highlight an aspect of India in the form of personal or academic essays, research papers, commentary, or biography. Any student enrolled at BU is eligible to enter—undergraduate or graduate, full-time or part-time.

Essays should be less than 1,500 words (3 to 5 pages) and be submitted online per the submission guidelines below. Entries will be judged by a panel of faculty, staff, and/or professional writers.

  • One winner will receive a $500 award
  • The winner will be publicly announced on May 10, 2013 at the BU-India Symposium
  • The winning submission will be featured on the BU Global Programs website

Guidelines for Eligibility and Submission

  1. The deadline for submission is midnight,Sunday, April 28, 2013.
  2. All BU students (undergraduate or graduate; part-time or full time) are eligible.
  3. Entries may be nonfiction prose only, and be less than 1,500 words, typed double-spaced in Arial font.
  4. Add your BU student ID# on the top left corner of the essay (the student’s name should NOT appear anywhere on the essay page itself). Names should appear on the submission form only.
  5. Students may submit multiple entries, each with a new submission form.
  6. Entries written for classes or as part of undergraduate theses are eligible (however, works that have been previously published are not eligible).
  7. The winning essay will be featured on the BU Global Programs website and used for promotion in other media for BU Global Programs. The student will retain copyright.

For further questions and information, please contact Deepti Nijhawan, Director, India initiatives, BU Global Programs at

Please note that the deadline for submitting essays has passed. Thank you for your interest in the BU India Essay Prize contest.


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