Wipro earthian deadline for Colleges extended to November 10th 2019

Wipro earthian college program 2019

Welcome to the 9th edition of Wipro earthian

Sustainability thinking and action is at the core of the Wipro earthian program. It encourages students to learn through collaborative projects.

The Wipro earthian program is meant to be an immersive experience for students, to bring the idea of sustainability to life. And in the process, hopefully, enable them to believe that change is indeed possible.

Wipro earthian 2019 will be structured

on the themes of Urban Water,

Waste and Food.​

The program welcomes and encourages students from all disciplines – whatever be your branch of study, we invite you to question and explore the nature of urban sustainability. It will help you gain a deeper understanding of urban sustainability challenges.

This year’s project for colleges requires you to report on important urban sustainability issues in your area or neighborhood.

The project will involve a combination of research and field reporting. The submission should identify a key problem and highlight the role of different stakeholders – government agencies, citizens and private agencies involved. You can also explore how environment, economics and people are interconnected in the context of the selected issue. The report should be based on current research that looks at these linkages.

This journalistic format will require the best of your creative, analytical, systemic and communication capabilities – it will be a highly enriching learning experience!

Remember: The context is India and city centric. The three themes are Urban Water, Waste and Food.

Word limit for the essay: 1500-3000 words (Must include photographs. Data visualization, audio and video clips are desired but not compulsory)

Participate in Urban Sustainability

Reporting with Wipro earthian 2019

Long queues for water, pesticides in our produce, staggering amounts of food wastage, all this, while negotiating stinking mounds of garbage and pothole-ridden roads – this is the reality of our cities today.

This is what is required from you in this program:
Get to know your neighborhood (this could be a part of the city, town, residential layout or even your own college campus).

Once you have a reasonable understanding, time to start putting it together. We encourage you to peg the story around people and happenings substantiated by facts and analysis.

An in-depth piece presented with creativity is sure to get the jury’s attention. Go ahead, click pictures that augment the story beautifully. If audio and video content is your thing, add them too. These stories also require you to gather data, think about how you can present them to the leader and help him/her appreciate the various dimensions of the chosen urban sustainability topic.

How to participate

  • Form a team with a minimum of TWO students and maximum of FOUR. Remember the team members should all be from the same college or educational institution
  • Pick one of the topics (Urban Food, Water and Waste) that you’d like to explore in this project
  • Register on our website
  • During registration, you will be asked to provide a short pitch of about 100-150 words for the report you will be writing. While this is not mandatory, it will help you consolidate the idea
  • Check what is expected in the article: Click here
  • You can learn more about the domain topics here: Click here
  • Join the Facebook community. Click here. You can look out for informative reading material and webinars that can help you in your research, analyze and write the article


What makes it journalism?

Your story is meant to inform the public; it should be timely, and include inputs from decision makers, experts, affected people and other stakeholders. Your writing should be accurate, objective and independent. For help getting started with writing, see:


Urban sustainability

and environmental journalism

This project involves telling compelling stories about sustainability and environmental issues and current developments in the space. The topics are those that affect people and the planet and our collective future; reporting on these topics helps inform the larger public, which can then take better decisions for our common good.

The focus is on urban sustainability – the intersection of environment, economy and social equity in our cities.

  • Environmental reporting can be a large and complex area and may require multiple skillsets and inter-disciplinary knowledge. So we urge participants to identify a focus area and explore it in the context of their own city and neighborhood. This will provide the context and observations that can be used in your writeup
  • Identify a problem area and individuals or teams working to solve those.  Observe how they are going about resolving the issues. What are their challenges? Collect data and analyze research in that space. Explore policies, budgets, impacts, alternatives, citizen engagement in the issue etc
  • Good journalism can leverage different types of media. For example, a long form narrative on the issue of water scarcity can get significantly enriched when combined with videos of live conversations with people who are at the center of action

In the theme sections, we have shared areas of exploration and research that will enable you to understand and appreciate the specific themes – you could draw ideas from this too. We do urge you to highlight and find systemic connections where possible, that enable a multi-disciplinary approach.

Key objectives


Wipro earthian is structured on three themes of Urban Food, Water, and Waste. Exploring each one will help you question the nature of urban sustainability and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges. Explore these reference videos

College FAQs


The Wipro earthian program is open to any college across India.

For the college category, students in graduate programs (post completing the equivalent of 12th class/ Pre-university Course) and above are eligible to participate.

Minimum team size is 2 and maximum number of participants in each team is 4 students. All members should be part of the same education institution.

Any number of entries can be sent from each institution.


  • Entries should be submitted in English.
  • Word limit for the article: 1500-3000 words (Must include photographs. Data visualisation, audio and video clips are desired but not compulsory)
  • Additional material may be requested from shortlisted teams and/or the institute they represent.
  • The submission should be made as a Word document or a PDF document, with embedded images, video etc. The total file size limit is 25 MB per entry.
  • Upload media on the cloud (YouTube, Google drives, Flickr etc.)
  • Last date for submission is 31st October 2019.

Evaluation criterion

The submissions to Wipro-earthian 2017 will be judged based on a broad approach as deemed appropriate by the jury. This will be based on the breadth and depth of coverage and your understanding (comprehensiveness) of the scenario or selected topic, its context and interrelatedness the originality, relevance of the content.

Some of the aspects the jury may consider are:

  • Breadth and depth of coverage
  • Information, context and perspective
  • Language, presentation and creativity
  • Rigor in understanding
  • Narrative and story value
  • Originality

Important Note on Plagiarism:

All entries submitted will undergo a plagiarism check. Plagiarism is copying, close imitation and publication of someone else’s material (written and/or electronic source like Wikipedia, internet articles etc.) and passing it off as one’s own.

Entries resorting to any form of plagiarism will be rejected and not be considered for assessment.

All sources and quotes have to be attributed.

Recognition & engagement

10 teams will be shortlisted for the best projects. The shortlisted teams will be hosted at the annual event, where they will be felicitated by Wipro Chairman Mr. Azim Premji.

  • Certificates and recognition for the teams will be a central part of the annual event
  • Each team will be awarded an amount of INR 100,000 (TDS will be applicable on this prize money as per standard government regulations)
  • There will be 10 special awards* for 10 teams
  • Recognition certificates for the team members


*Special awards- Winning teams are not eligible for the award for two consecutive years following the year in which they were selected. For example: if a college has received the award in 2015, they would not be eligible for the award in 2016. However, winning institutes and teams still get to attend the annual event and will be awarded recognition certificates

Register for Wipro earthian 2019

Please register your team for further details, regular updates, and participation

For queries mail us at earthian.contact@wipro.com.

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