Andrew Yule holds Kolkata elocution contest
Government enterprise Andrew Yule and Co. Ltd, Monday organized the finals of inter-school 'Yule Sesquicentenary Elocution Contest 2012' here.
Theme of the contest was 'My Vision of 21st Century Bengal' to create future leaders.
Present at the occasion was West Bengal Commerce and Industries Minister Partha Chatterjee and Higher Education Minister Bratya Basu.
A total of 150 participants took part in the competition out of which 19 made it to the finals of the elocution contest with seven candidates in Bengali and six each in Hindi and English.
The 6th year of the competition did not limit itself to Kolkata but also included schools from Howrah, Nadia, Birbhum, Bardhaman, 24 Parganas North and South which was worth an attempt since the winners are Orchi Roy from Pathabhavan Shantiniketan in Bengali, Soumyarup Mukhopadhyay from Don Bosco, Liluah in English and Ayush Thamaria from MCKV in Hindi informed the organizers.
CMD, Andrew Yule and Co. (India) Ltd., Kallol Datta said, "This competition marks a celebration of Andrew Yule's 150th anniversary. We were overwhelmed with the participation for the preliminaries, which were held on 1st, 3rd and 4th October."
"We are very conscious of our corporate responsibility of honing young minds," he added.
The winners received trophies, certificates along with gift vouchers of Rs.8000 while the runners up received the amount of Rs.4000 each apart from trophies and certificates.
Speaking on the occasion Partha Chatterjee said,"I have worked with this organisation for more than two and half decades. Investment in education benefits the individual, society and world as a whole."
While the students put up their vast and varied visions on Bengal, Bratya Basu informed that the Mamata Banerjee government has already taken the step to ensure free and compulsory education up to class 8 along with up gradation of schools, both secondary and higher secondary, girls hostels and more government sponsored colleges.
He also apprised that since 2009, the government has sanctioned a scholarship of Rs.68 crores for secondary and higher education of which Rs.25 crores scholarships have been awarded to almost 2400 students this year along with scholarships for technical education for the economically backward section.
"Education is not only the amount of information that is put on your brain. A university must provide much more than proving high class apprenticeship," said Basu.