Shastrarth, the annual inter collegiate debate competition of NMIMS's Sarla Anil Modi school of Economics was held on 21 September 2016 in Juhu Jagruti Hall and Mithibai Seminar Hall, NMIMS campus. 62 teams participated from all over India. 16 teams qualified for the semifinals and out of which two qualified for the finals.
We had an esteemed panel of judges were Mr. Akash Yadav, Mr. Ashish Saraf, Mr. Aurag Mehrotra, Ms. Pritika Hegde, renowned personalities in the spheres of education, public speaking, marketing and economics.
The semi-finals was an impromptu round with topics such as ‘The legitimacy of hactivism’, The burden of refugees on the State, The legal liability of credit rating agencies for their inaccuracy, and The role of revolutions in the creation of democracies. The judges for this round were Dr. Radhika Lobo, Head of Department of Business Economics and Professor-in-charge of International Programmes at Birla College of Arts, Science and Commerce and Mr. Rohit Arora, the founder of TransGanization of School of Thought.
The topic of the finals was “This house believes that the ‘Make in India’ initiative will enable India to become the next manufacturing hub of the world" The judges for the final round were Ms. Dolly Jha, Exective Director of Marketing at the Nielsen Company, Ms. Anju Kurien, The Talent Director at Omnicom Media Group and Mr. Kamlesh Dangi, Group President – HR at UTI Mutual Fund.
The winners of the shastrath 2016 were the team from School of Business Management NMIMS. The runners up trophy went to a non-contingent team comprising of participant from Jai Hind College and HR college of Commerce and Economics.
The best speaker award was won by Jai Goradia from Jai Hind College.
This event was the flagship event of the Debate Society of SAMSOE whose faculty in-charge were Dr. Rohit Muraleedharan and Dr. Esha Khanna. Rajshree Ganeriwal, Mitul Gupta and Nishi Desai were the conveners and were instrumental in the planning and structuring of the event. Ayan Sarkar, Yash Padegaonkar and Saru Pruthi, as co-conveners also played crucial roles in organization of the event. Vidit Dugar and Satvik Chandna, members of Debate Society moderated the semi – finals and finals. Anindo Ghosh, Praneet Jaswani, Gazal Garg and Gokul Pisharody took part in the event, representing the college.
The talk show was conducted by Sarla Anil Modi School of Economics in Association with the Counseling cell NMIMS on ‘Suicide and Mental health awareness’ for the students of SAMSOE and other schools of NMIMS on September 24, 2016.
The panel consisted of clinical psychiatrist and psychologist.
Dr. Dhaval Mody, Managing Director, Edupsyche Educational Services Pvt. Ltd. Medical Director, Vrudhi Research Foundation
Dr. Cicilia Chettiar, Head of the Dept. of Psychology MNW College
Ms. Supriya Das, Clinical Psychologist & Counselor
Ms, Meeta Shah, Psychologist and Counselor, NMIMS
Umang was an entertaining and enlightening experience. The events were very varied and conducted well. Sarla Anil Modi School of Economics, NMIMS sent a large contingent to the festival and all of them performed impressively.