Kaveri College of Arts, Science and Commerce organised the 10th Dr.Shamarao Kalmadi State Level Elocution Competition on 21st September, 2020 on a virtual platform due to the Coronavirus pandemic.The Competition was inaugurated at the hands of Chief Guest Mr. Kushal Hegde, Hon President, Kannada Sangha, Pune along with the gracious presence of Mrs. Indira Salian, Vice President-Kannnada Sangha, Dr. Narayan Hegde, Vice President Kannada Sangha, Mrs. Malati Kalamadi, Secretary, Kannada Sangha, Joint Treasurer Mrs. Radhika Sharma,Hon. Trustee Mr. Sudhakar Rao, Mrs. Shashikala Gurpur, Principal Dr. Ashok Agrawal and Vice- Principal Dr. Muckta Karmarkar. The competition had the staff members and students as audience, in large numbers.
Mr.Hegde boosted the enthusiasm of the participants saying, “One should embrace opportunities with open arms, be fearless always”. Principal Dr.Ashok Agrawal, in his address, briefed everyone present about the progressive journey of the College. Mrs. Manasi Joshi, Head, Elocution and Debate committee gave an introduction of the competition and made everyone present as audience, aware about the rules of the competition.
Participants got a chance to choose from a plethora of interesting topics like Maharashtra Bhuhsan Kusumagraj, Skill Building and Youth, Post Covid World- Challenges and Opportunities, Mental and Emotional well-being- The Need of time, Virtual Teaching -Learning: Opportunities and Obstacles etc. Students from all over Maharashtra like Nashik,Mumbai, Aurangabad,Ahemadnagr, Ichalkaranji,Vadgaon Maval,Pimpri participated in the competition. They were from different colleges and universities like MIT-WPU, Symbiosis, Abasaheb Garware, MUCC, P.Jog, CSIT, Siddhivinayak College, New Law College,VIT, St.Mira’sCollege, etc.All these participants used the Zoom online platform to share their views. Dr.Supriya Sahastrabuddhe, Mrs. Vrushali Deodhar and Dr. Balchandra Kaprekar judged the competition.
Dr.Mandar Bedekar, M.D.Ayurveda, M.A.Sanskrit and Diploma in Journalism was the Chief guest for the prize distribution ceremony. Being a multilinguist himself, he emphasised upon the significance of knowing multiple languages for becoming an effective speaker. Participants who secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions were Ummesalema Karu from St. Mira’s College, Ashwini Tavhare from MES Abasaheb Garware College, Pune and Rushil Tambekar from P.Jog College, Pune. They bagged a cash prize worth Rs. 5000 and the prestigious rolling trophy, Rs.3000 along with a virtual trophy and Rs.2000 along with a virtual trophy, respectively. Dr.Bedekar congratulated all the participants and appreciated their enthusiasm. The programme was a huge success and was concluded by a formal vote of thanks moved by Mrs. Soniya Kumbhojkar.