Collector V. Sampath disbursed cash prizes to winners of competitions conducted by the Tamil Development Department at the government arts college here on Friday.

The department conducted three competitions in poetry recitation, essay writing and oratory. While winners got a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 each, the runners-up got cash prizes of Rs. 7,000 each.

The winners are as follows:

Poetry - First prize was won by R. Devipriya of Bharathi Women’s Art and Science College at Thachur, and second prize by S. Kannagi of Srimath Sivagnana Balalaya Swamigal Trust College at Mayilam.

Essay - S.Rajeshkumar of Anna University Engineering College at Tindivanam and V. Vinodhini of Theivanai Ammal College for Women at Villupuram.

Oratory - V.Anandi of Government Arts and Science College at Thirukkoilur and P.Malaichamy of Paul’s Enginnering College.

The Collector called upon other students to come forward and participate in such competitions in large numbers.