VVM’s Shree Damodar College of Commerce and Economics, Margao organised Niti Samvaad, a National Under-Graduate Student Colloquium and Competition. ‘Niti-Samvaad’ translates as Policy Dialogues and was contemplated as a ground for discourse on policymaking aimed at providing a national platform to students across the country to publicly present their independent and informed views on policy issues concerning the Indian economy.
Principal Prita Mallya said: “Over the years the College has organised various inter-collegiate events and cultural events but Niti Samvaad is the first progressive step that is purely academic and encourages students to formulate their opinions on issues of relevance with respect to Indian economy.”
The colloquium and competition was inaugurated by executive director of Dempo Industries Limited, Pallavi Dempo. President of Vidya Vikas Mandal, Sheela Gaunekar welcomed the chief guest and participants and shared the progress made by Vidya Vikas Mandal and its institutions over the years. Also present was chairman of the college governing council, UN Bene. Dempo stated the need to encourage greater participation in such events as compared to extracurricular events that are taking a hold of student life in the present scenario.
The two themes provided for Niti Samvaad 2018 were, ‘GST in India: Gains or Pains’ and ‘The Role of the Manufacturing Sector in India’s Economic Growth’.
Christ University Bangalore, MES College, DMC College and Parvatibai Chowgule College participated in the event. The competition was divided in three rounds. For round 1, participants were asked to create a research papers; round two was a technical round wherein they were questioned and judged by CA Pankaj Pai Kakode, CA Kalpak Valaulikar and George Ambaloor. In round three participants were asked to present the technical topics in layman’s language to judges Sharmad Raiturkar, Suchita Malkarnekar and Shraddha Hegde. BCom (Hons) students of Christ University Bangalore were adjudged overall winners of Niti Samvaad while MES College, Vasco were runners-up. Among the individual awards Anurav Singh won the Best Speaker- Technical Session, Arvind Shanmungam won Best Q&A Session award, Christ University won the Best Paper Award, Aarti Bilani won the Best Logical Speaker Award, while Sidharth S won the Best Non Technical Speaker Award.