With the mailer circulated on October 31, a buzz was created about a much-anticipated event which aimed at fostering a corruption-free society through the means of literature.

Indian Oil Corporation Limited in association with the Social Responsibility Forum presented the students with an opportunity to express their thoughts about the VIGILANCE AWARENESS WEEK. Students from various colleges were invited to speak and express their ideas regarding the ever-prevalent topic of corruption.

This was an attempt to promote English speaking skills in terms of pronunciation, delivery, voice modulation, and all other faculties required to develop English in its spoken form.

The preliminary round of the event took place in the evening of 28th October followed by the final evaluation on 31st October at the Juhu Jagruti Hall, where 10 participants slugged it out to become the ULTIMATE ELOCUTIONIST. Each of the participants had to speak for 2 minutes on topics like the ‘Role of student community in fighting against corruption’ and the ‘Strength of Anti- corruption agencies in combating corruption’ for the screening round. It was held in two phases: the first round commenced with the participants delivering their speeches in front of the audience and judges and the second involved an impromptu talk on topics given by the audience. Not only the participants but also the audience received an opportunity to participate in the Table Topics round. The panel of judges included respected management gurus, Prof Madhavi Gokhale, Prof Santana Pathak and corporate stelwart Mrs Gua Shetty from Indian Oil Corporation.

Students from first and second year MBA delivered brilliant speeches, displaying their rhetorical abilities. Their vibrancy, freshness and clarity of thought left the listeners spellbound. Young minds overflowing with ideas presented varied viewpoints on the central theme of VIGILANCE. It was an eventful day indeed to watch the youth put forward their thoughts. Sourabh Francis bagged the first place, Aniket Ranade secured the second position, and Yash Kumar stood third. The winners were awarded certificates and some cash prizes.

The event was truly an amazing and educational experience. It opened up new thoughts and helped in bringing forward innovative ideas to tackle and erase the evil of corruption. The event ended on a high note with the students eagerly anticipating many more similar events to come in the near future.

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