Sruthi Vijayachandran from Stella Maris College, Chennai, won the Indian National Final Round of University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations Best Speaker of Cambridge English Competition 2011 recently.
Organised by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, in association with British Council, the finals event was the pinnacle of a series of regional competitions held over the past six months. From thousands of candidates from 140 colleges across the country, 14 were selected for the final round.
T.K. Arunachalam, Regional Manager – South Asia for Cambridge ESOL, said, “This competition was an excellent opportunity for students in India to demonstrate their talent in business communication and compete with the best from across the country. The participants really displayed exemplary public speaking skills.”
With several attractive prizes to be won, students tried their best to impress the judges with power point presentations and impromptu speaking skills. Judges from Cambridge ESOL and British Council had a tough time deciding on the winner as the presentations were on a range of business- related topics. Sruthi emerged the winner. The two runner-up places also went to Chennai students. Pameer Sethi from IIPM, Chennai, and Khaja Riaz Hussain from BS Abdur Rahman University, Chennai, walked away with a bevy of prizes.
Soon, Sruthi will battle it out with participants from across South Asia at the international competition in Cambridge, U.K., for a chance to win an MBA scholarship from the London School of Business and Finance, and a Graduate Certificate in International Business from the University of Tasmania, Australia.