Literary Association

Debate Competition

The Literary Association of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science conducted a debate competition on 27th January, 2020 for the students of PCACS. The Judge for the event was Ms. Gurpreet Kaur Khalsa. Around 12 pairs of students had taken part in the competition. There were two teams formed, one ‘FOR’ and other ‘AGAINST’. Every ‘For’ candidate from a pair was the part of the main ‘FOR’ team and same in the case of ‘AGAINST’. An intriguing topic “Sanitary Napkins should be sold without covers” was selected. Each candidate had his / her own special way of putting forth the points and views on the topic selected. Two best speakers were selected, one each from the ‘For’ Side and ‘Against’ Side and the best speaker from over all participants was selected. The event ended in good terms with the teachers and students both learning something new and fun from the event.

Review Writing

Literary Association is collaboration with Value Education Committee organized an activity on 29th February, 2020. Students were shown a video clip on importance of segregating Dry waste and Wet Waste in two separate bins. After watching the video, students were asked to write a review on it. Total 32 students were part of this activity. Prof. Akshata Narkar went through the write-ups and selected the two best reviews. As part of the activity, proper sanitation values were taught to the students through this video.

Students watching the video clip on sanitation in the class

Students writing the review on the clip shown in class

Prof. Akshata Narkar while conducting the review writing competition

Social Activity at Manav Vikas School

With the motive to reach out to the underprivileged people in our society and also inculcate a sense of pride among our students in serving the less fortunate, a social activity was organized by Literary Association. The student members and the volunteers of the Literary Association visited Manav Vikas School (Special kids school) on 27th September, 2019.

These kids were treated with fun activities, drawing and a day of happiness with the aid of our student volunteers. As a token of love the volunteers distributed crayon boxes to every child. It was an amazing experience for the volunteers to witness the innocent smiles. We would continue to stay connected with this school and continue to nurture them and do our bit to improve their quality of life.

Battle of Wits - Block and Tackle

Literary Association of PCACS celebrated its first event of 2019-20 – ‘Battle of Wits - Block and Tackle’ on 18th September, 2019. Block and Tackle is a stand-out event from the conventional form of Debate where the contestants have to Block (Talk in against of the topic given) and Tackle (Talk in favor of the topic given). Prof. Akshata Narkar and Prof. Juliet Esther, Literary Association Teacher In-Charge judged the event.

Contestants getting their facts together for the competition

Participants and Judge after a successful event of ‘Block and Tackle’

It was first event of this academic year and yet we received an amazing feedback from the participants and that defines the main aim of Literary Association. After the participants enrolled themselves they were given some topics which are timely and relevant in our Country and hold crucial importance. After 5 minutes of preparations the participants were asked to speak for and against on the given topic. The game was all about the quick use of wit and presence of mind and the contestants truly did an amazing job.

All the contestants really gave a tough time to the judges to decide the winner but after a lot of deliberation the winners were announced. Felicitation was done by the Judges and the event ended on a happy note.

Event: The Orator - An Elocution Competition
Date: 6th October, 2018

The Orator - An Elocution Competition was organized by the Literary Association of PCACS on 6th October, 2018. The objective was to spread awareness about self love and to enhance the confidence and the communication skills of the students. The event witnessed participation from different streams and students from all over the college spoke their views on the topic "The Art of Loving Oneself".

Student presenting her views on the topic "The Art of Loving Oneself"

Winners of ‘The Orator- An Elocution Competition'

A group picture of student participants and teachers

The event was judged by Asst. Prof. Mishkaat Imrani from the Department of Bachelor of Mass Media. Every participant added beauty to the topic but the ones to win the top four positions were, Ms. Aaliya Shaikh (F.Y. B.M.M.), Ms. Deepthi Rao G. N. (F.Y. B.M.M.), Mr. Aditya Soyanke (F.Y. B.M.M.) and Ms. Hrudya Tressa (T.Y. B.Com.A/F) respectively. The event concluded with a thought provoking address by the Judge, Ms. Mishkaat Imrani, followed by the vote of thanks by Ms. Gurpreet Kaur Khalsa, In-Charge, Literary Association.

Event: Block and Tackle
Date: 4th August, 2015

To develop the ability to analyze controversies, select and evaluate evidence, construct and refute arguments, ‘Block and Tackle’ Competition was conducted on 4th August, 2015. Block and Tackle is a turncoat debate on a faster track. Whenever the participant hears the instruction “Block” he / she has to go against the motion and as the participant hears “Tackle” he / she has to go back to favour the motion. The speaker can be blocked and tackled any number of times. The students were allowed to pick their topics from the lots and speak on the spot. The competition witnessed students’ participants from all the streams.

The winners of the competition were:

Name of the student
Jayesh
Rohan
Class
S.Y.B.M.M.
T.Y.B.M.M.
Rank
First
Second
Event: Wordplay
Date: 9th September, 2014

world-playTo provide a platform for students to show case their general writing skills and to give them the liberty to express their views on subject an Essay Writing Competition was conducted on 9th September, 2014 on "Role as an Indian citizen during the flood crises in Kashmir". The essay topic was announced to the participants 10 minutes prior to commencement of the competition. The students were allowed to write in any one of the three languages (English / Hindi / Marathi). The competition witnessed students’ participants from all the streams.

The winners of the competition were:

English

Name of the student
Shabnam Mukadam
Pranali Bansode
Class
F.Y.B.Com. ‘B’
S.Y.B.M.M.
Rank
First
Second

Hindi

Name of the student
Sayali Walanj
Class
F.Y.B.Com. ‘B’
Rank
First
Event: Creative Writing
Date: 2nd September, 2013

creativewriting12-13Creative writing forms a medium to express our thoughts, views to make ourselves heard to others. To encourage this skill among students, Literary Association organised a creative writing competition on 2nd September, 2013. The students were allowed to write in any one of the three languages (English / Hindi / Marathi).

The winners of the competition were:

English Language

Name of the student
Reema Shrivastav
Class
S.Y.B.Sc. Biotechnology

Hindi Language

Name of the student
Anita Rajendra Pandit
Class
F.Y.B.Com.

Marathi Language

Name of the student
Shraddha Shinde
Class
F.Y.B.Com.
Event: News Reading
Date: 30th August, 2011

Reading plays a pivotal role in everyday life. Reading is a combination of intellectual and linguistic process which should be developed throughout life. To develop good reading skills and to encourage students to read, Literary Association organised News reading Competition on 30th August, 2011.

The winners of the competition were:

Name of the student
Konjitha
Shabir Shendu
Class
F.Y.B.Com.
F.Y.B.Com.
Rank
First
Second
Event: Invited Talk
Date: 21st September, 2011

Literary Association organised an invited talk on “Being Ordinary to Extraordinary”. This session was headed by Mr. Sanjay Rahate.

Event: Mind Reads the Rhythm
Date: 2nd March, 2012

Literary Association conducted an event titled ‘Mind Reads the Rhythm’. This was a competition that judges the comprehension ability of the participants. It was an individual event wherein each participant was given a poem. The participants were allowed to read the poem for a minute, following which, the participant reads it loud for the next minute. This helps to judge the participants command and fluency over the language. In the third minute, the participant was expected to explain his/her understanding of the poem. The event was conducted in Coordinators room. The judge for the day was PCACS Counselor, Ms. Yvette Lee.

The winners of the competition were:

Prize
1st Prize
2nd Prize
3rd Prize
Name of the Student
Dona Thomas
Namrata Kamble
Asha Elizabeth
Class
F.Y.Biotech
F.Y.Biotech
F.Y.Biotech
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