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Tata Steel announces the winners of the inaugural edition of Ananta Quest

Mumbai, March 16, 2024

~ A one-of-a-kind competition for students with disabilities ~

~ More than 160 teams from business and technology schools participated in the competition ~

~ Team ‘Alchemist’ from IIM Trichy declared winner of the competition ~

Tata Steel announces the winners of the first edition of Ananta Quest, a one-of-its-kind case study competition specifically designed for students with disabilities from technology and business schools across India. The jury selected three winning teams out of the 11 teams that made it to the grand finale.

Team ‘Alchemist’ from IIM Trichy was declared the winner of the competition. While team ‘Madras’ from IIT Madras secured the runner-up position, team ‘Universe’ from IIT Kharagpur and ISM Dhanbad bagged the second runner-up spot. The finale and the prize distribution ceremony was held with great fanfare in Jamshedpur on March 15, 2024, and was attended by students and senior leadership from Tata Steel.

The three winning teams were awarded cash prizes of Rs 50,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively. All the 14 finalists from across 11 teams will be offered a paid internship or pre-placement interview opportunity with Tata Steel, depending on their academic year

Atrayee Sanyal, Vice President, Human Resource Management, Tata Steel, said: "The success of the debut edition of Ananta Quest highlights our commitment to being an equal opportunity employer. The enthusiastic participation and determination of these amazing students is a great source of inspiration for all of us. This event serves as a clear demonstration of our focus on cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace. On behalf of everyone at Tata Steel, I would like to congratulate the winning teams and thank everyone who participated and made this competition a grand success.”

Ananta Quest has been designed to serve as a platform for final-year students and freshers with disabilities to showcase their skills and ideas, thus bridging the gap between academia and industry. The debut edition saw more than 550 registrations and 160 case submissions from technology and business schools from across the country, including IITs and IIMs.

The case studies were classified under four broad categories – Sustainability, Marketing & Sales, Human Resources, and Corporate Strategy. The three-member jury comprised Atrayee Sanyal, Vice President, Human Resource Management, Rajiv Mangal Vice President, Safety, Health & Sustainability and Jaya Singh Panda, Chief, Learning & Development and Chief Diversity Officer. The jury evaluated the participants and winners on the basis of their ability to analyse the problem, find solutions and benefits, and assess the business impact of their ideas.

At Tata Steel, the workplace is built on merit and diversity. In 2015, the Company instituted its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion platform ‘MOSAIC’ and has made conscious efforts to break stereotypical biases and build an equitable environment. Tata Steel aims to achieve 25% diversity in its workforce by 2025.


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About Tata Steel

  • Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 35 million tonnes per annum.
  • It is one of the world's most geographically diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world.
  • The group recorded a consolidated turnover of ~US$30.3 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2023.
  • A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Limited, together with its subsidiaries, associates, and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 77,000.
  • Tata Steel has announced its major sustainability objectives including Net Zero Carbon by 2045.
  • The Company has been on a multi-year digital-enabled business transformation journey intending to be the leader in ‘Digital Steel making by 2025’. The Company has received the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Jamshedpur, Kalinganagar and IJmuiden Plants.
  • Tata Steel aspires to have 25% diverse workforce by 2025. The Company has been recognised with the World Economic Forum’s Global Diversity Equity & Inclusion Lighthouse 2023.
  • The Company has been a part of the DJSI Emerging Markets Index since 2012 and has been consistently ranked amongst top 10 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016.
  • Tata Steel’s Jamshedpur Plant is India’s first site to receive ResponsibleSteelTM Subsequently, its Kalinganagar and Meramandali plants have also received the certification. In India, Tata Steel now has more than 90% of its steel production from ResponsibleSteelTM certified sites.
  • Received Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17, 2023 Steel Sustainability Champion recognition from worldsteel for six years in a row, 2022 ‘Supplier Engagement Leader’ recognition by CDP, Top performer in Iron and Steel sector in Dun & Bradstreet's India's top 500 companies 2022, Ranked as the 2023 most valuable Mining and Metals brand in India by Brand Finance, ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2021 from Ethisphere Institute, and ‘Best Corporate for Promotion of Sports’ recognition at the Sportstar Aces Awards 2024.
  • Received 2023 ERM (Enterprise Risk Management) Award of Distinction at the RIMS ERM Conference 2023, ‘Masters of Risk’ - Metals & Mining Sector recognition at The India Risk Management Awards for the seventh consecutive year, and Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting FY20 from ICAI, among several others.


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