The post-graduate students waxed eloquent on thought provoking subjects like – Problem of Rising Prices : Causes and cures, Improving public transport in India, Right to education in India -- Issues, India's demographic advantage and Economic disparities -- How to bridge the gap.

The elocution competition was conducted jointly by the Forum for Free Enterprise, Mumbai, A.D.Shroff Memorial Trust and the Maris Stella College, here. Forty students doing MA, M.Com, M.Sc and MBA courses at the Maris Stella College vied with each other to win the impressive cash prizes.

First MBA student Hosna won a cash prize of Rs 1,250 and her classmate Rajyalakshmi would the second prize and Rs 1,000 cash.

First M.Sc student Shanaaz won the third prize of Rs 750. Datta Sravani and Neelima who were also declared winners got certificates.

College principal Japamalai said that the Department of Economics conducted as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the college. The aim of the competition was to “competitive spirit and strengthen communicative skills” in the students.

She said that communication skills were essential to face the stiff competition in the present job market.

Faculty from other colleges were invited as judges to avoid favouritism. Sarada College department of economics head D Kailasa Rao, Siddhartha Mahila College departmentof economics head G.Prameela Kumari and Loyola College Department of Economics head Yasebu were the judges of the competition.