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March 9, 2017

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3 million students write about Clean India
National winners meet the President of India

The national winners of the ninth edition of Tata Building India School Essay Competition 2014–15 got an opportunity to meet the Honorable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, on 15 December 2016 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi as part of their felicitation.

Launched in 2006, the Tata Building India School Essay Competition is India’s largest national school essay competition that has provided a platform for students from class 6 to12 to express their views and ideas on nation building and pertinent issues. The 2014-15 edition was held in 11 different languages – English, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Oriya, Telugu, Punjabi, Assamese and Malayalam across 7000+ schools in over 200+ cities. In this edition 3 million students penned their thoughts on the theme of ‘Clean India’ with the topic being ‘Describe your views on how cleanliness impacts national development and health and how you can encourage your locality and city to adopt cleanliness and promote healthy living.’

Some of the thoughts expressed in the winning essays were:

  • Everyone must be his own scavenger.
  • Cleanliness of body, surrounding areas and environment is very necessary for our physical, mental, social and intellectual health.
  • Dirt is the mother which gives birth to various diseases.
  • Spread Gandhiji’s message – ‘I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.’
  • Cleanliness is next to Godliness. It sure is a sign of civilization.

The national winners of year 2014-15 edition were also felicitated by the Tata group at a function held on the same day at the Ghalib Auditorium in New Delhi. Mr. Ranjeet Goswami, Country Manager, Corporate Affairs, Tata Consultancy Services who was the chief guest at the event, gave away the prizes to the young achievers which included the Tata Building India trophy and a laptop.


Tata ClassEdge announces winners of ClassEdge Classroom Champion (CCC) 2017
2,500 teachers from over 350 schools across India participated in the competition

TATA ClassEdge, a leading provider of innovative technology-based learning solutions for schools, announced the winners of the second edition of ClassEdge Classroom Champion (CCC) competition. Ms. Neha Kewal from Gillco International School, Mohali the National Winner, won a prize of Rs. 50,000, and was felicitated by Mr. S Padmanabhan, Group Chief Human Resources Officer, Tata Sons.

CCC was launched in 2016 by Tata ClassEdge to recognize teachers who have creatively adopted technology in classroom teaching. The first edition witnessed participation from 1,500 teachers across 250 schools. Over 2,500 teachers from 350 schools across India participated in the competition, and 12 teachers were shortlisted for the finals which were held in Mumbai on 6th and 7th February.

Speaking on the occasion, Nirav Khambhati, CEO of Tata ClassEdge, said, ‘We launched this platform last year and got a tremendous response from schools across India. This year, we saw even greater participation from schools and teachers. In the process of conducting CCC, we have further enriched our repository of best teaching practices which is available for everyone to access and use.’

Evaluations were conducted at three levels – school, regional and zonal – to identify the top 12 teachers eligible for participation in the final round. A panel of eminent educators and academicians judged the presentations that the teachers made. Mr. Parvez Hashmi from The Emerald Heights International School, Indore bagged the second place, while Ms. Vibhavari Deshmukh from M.V.P. Samaj’s horizon academy, Nashik stood third.

About Tata ClassEdge

Tata ClassEdge provides an innovative and comprehensive instructional solution that empowers teachers to teach better, with an effective blend of curriculum-mapped classroom activities and interactive technology. Tata ClassEdge’s proprietary instructional framework, the Multiple Learning Experiences (MLEx™) model, makes use of distinct types of activities that promote social and thinking skills in students, including critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, research-orientation and communication skills. More than 70,000 teachers across India have already adopted the Tata ClassEdge way of teaching.


Harvard South Asia Institute and Tata Trusts showcase project findings on
‘Women’s Economic and Social Rights in India’

The project focusses on three specific areas:

  • Improving access to secondary education for disadvantaged and marginalized girls
  • Addressing gender-based violence and promoting gender equitable norms
  • Urban Livelihoods and empowering Home-based workers in India

The Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) in collaboration with Tata Trusts hosted an event titled ‘Women’s Economic and Social Rights in India: Exploring New Collaborations and Engagements’ on 10th January in New Delhi. The event showcased the outcome of an eighteen-month project on ‘Livelihood Creation in India’ (http://southasiainstitute.harvard.edu/livelihood-creation-project/ ). Padma Bhushan Dr. Ela Bhatt, Founder, SEWA was the Chief Guest for the evening who also delivered the keynote address. Professor Martha Chen from Harvard Kennedy School and Professor Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Director of Research and Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health – the Faculty Chairs, shared the project findings and outcomes. The event featured the work of organisations that have been supported through grants and mentoring over the last one year.

The project aims to provide functional training, evolving strategies, showcasing best practices and assisting with scaling, deepening and maximizing impact. The Project team is led by Dr. Shashank Shah, Visiting Scholar, Harvard Business School, Project Director and Fellow, Harvard SAI and Anisha Gopi, Project Manager, Harvard SAI. The team is also assisted by knowledge partners Shalini Sinha, home-based worker sector specialist of the global network WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing); Firoza Mehrotra, senior policy advisor to HomeNet South Asia (a regional alliance of organizations of home-based workers); Sanjay Kumar, director of SEWA Bharat (the national federation of state-level affiliates of the Self-Employed Women’s Association); and Deval Sanghavi, Co-founder, Dasra.

As a culmination of the project, the Harvard team released three publications which include reflections by subject experts and showcase some of these high impact interventions by participating organisations.

Emphasizing on the relevance of these publications, Dr. Shashank Shah said, ‘Contributions to these volumes are primarily based on the work done by a dozen organizations that Harvard SAI has proactively engaged with over the last one year. They outline a range of approaches, research studies and policy innovations in the areas of educational, social and economic empowerment of women in India. Together they paint a rich picture of the toolkit available for future scaling by the central and state governments in India. We believe this to be an important contribution of this collaboration between Harvard SAI and Tata Trusts.’

Anisha Gopi, recollected, ‘An overarching issue that was repeatedly brought up by many organizations was the need for tools to evaluate and document impact. To cater to this requirement for training inputs on research tools, impact evaluation and documentation and a range of other legal, organizational, and social policy issues, the project organized a series of webinars and workshops.’

Presenters at the webinars and workshops included subject experts including Harvard faculty members. The project is also hosting a web portal that will include information and resources generated during this project. It will focus on the above mentioned thematic areas to promote the socio-economic advancement of women. The portal also showcases best practices and innovative interventions, features organizations outlining the work they do, includes developments in technology, training programmes and resource material created by organizations, and collates precedents on data collection, research capabilities and data evaluation.

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