City level Winners of the first Tamil edition of Tata Building India – School Essay Competition from 4 cities felicitated in Chennai.

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Around 1.30 lakh Students from 137 schools participated in the 2009-10 Tamil edition of Tata Building India School Essay Competition from 4 cities in Tamilnadu (Chennai, Kanchipuram, Coimbatore and Vellore).

The Tamil edition of the competition was held for the first time in 2009-10 in 12 cities across Tamilnadu where around 3.25 lakh students from 375 schools participated.

Part of a national level school essay competition in 6 languages organised by the Tata group where over 2 million students across 100 cities have participated from 3500 schools

Chennai, Friday October 8, 2010 – Tata group felicitated the city level winners of the 1st edition of ‘Tata Building India School Essay Competition – Tamil 2009-10’. Around 1.3 lakh students across 137 schools participated in these 4 cities of Tamilnadu. Winners from these cities Chennai, Kanchipuram, Coimbatore and Vellore were felicitated at a regional award ceremony held at Vijay Park Hotel, Chennai.

The chief guest for the evening- Dr. V. Vijayakumar, Vice-Chancellor of Dr. Ambedkar Law University gave away the trophies and certificates to the winners. The Tamil edition of the competition was held in 12 cities across Tamilnadu where around 3.25 lakh students from 375 Tamil medium schools participated. The winning essays from these 12 cities will be further judged by a prominent jury for state level recognition.

Tata Building India School Essay Competition 2009-10 is a unique initiative by the Tata group of companies for encouraging young leaders of tomorrow to showcase their skills while expressing their vision of India of the future. The Tamil essay competition is a part of the national-level contest which has been conducted in 6 languages (English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, and Tamil) and has attracted more than 2 million students from 3,500 schools covering 100 cities across India. The theme for the 2009-10 edition of the Tamil essay competition was ‘Future India’ and the topic was – ‘What would you propose to the new governmentas priorities in the next 5 years for making India a prosperous, secure and strong nation’.

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The essay entries received from the enthusiastic participants featured impactful, thought provoking and radical ideas which clearly indicate the vision and focus of the young minds of today’s generation. This initiative by Tatagroup aims to inspire the youth to become better citizens of the country leading to a Happy India.

The Tata Building India School Essay Competition Tamil 2009-10 was a two phase activity in each of the schools. The first phase saw the screening of the film, ‘Keepers of the Flame’, with Tamil subtitles produced by the noted film maker Zafar Hai.This film chronicles the journey of three Tata leaders Jamsetji Tata, J.R.D. Tata and Naval Tata towards industrializing India.

The second phase of the competition saw children participating in the Tamil essay writing competition on the theme of ‘Future India’. To ensure a level playing field, the entries for the competition are divided at two levels – junior level (Std. 6-8) and senior level (Std. 9-12). Prizes at the school level included certificates, trophies and special Tata Building India Essay Competition merchandise like Travel Bags and Coffee Mugs.

The city winners and the runners-up received handycams and digital cameras in addition to trophies and certificates. The essays have been judged at the school and city level through prominent local academia. The state winners of Tamil language edition would be felicitated with the overall winners of 5 other languages in a gala award ceremony to be held later this year. In the past, national winners have got a once in a life time opportunity to visit Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi & interact with the President / Vice-President of India.

About Tata group of companies

Tata companies operate in seven business sectors: communications and information technology, engineering, materials, services, energy, consumer products and chemicals. They are, by and large, based in India and have significant international operations. The total revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $70.8 billion (around Rs325-334 crore) in 2008-09, with 64.7 per cent of this coming from business outside India, and they employ around 357,000 people worldwide. The Tata name has been respected in India for 140 years for its adherence to strong values and business ethics. Every Tata company or enterprise operates independently. Each of these companies has its own board of directors and shareholders, to whom it is answerable. There are 28 publicly listed Tata enterprises and they have a combined market capitalization of some $60 billion, and a shareholder base of 3.5 million.

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