SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Ramapuram
Department of English and Other Foreign Languages
PUBLIC SPEAKING AND MUN WORKSHOP 29 JANUARY 2022
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The Department of English and Foreign Languages, SRMIST Ramapuram, organized an Online Workshop on Public Speaking and Model United Nations (MUNs) on 29.01.2022. The Resource persons were Harishankar Padmanabhan and Ajeeth Rajesh, alumni of the 2017 batch, who founded an organisation called Speak Your Mind Education to empower students in the art of employability, public speaking, debating and life skills. The workshop was conducted in three batches with around 200 students attending in total. Harishankar and Ajeeth discussed with the students on why public speaking was an important life skill and how they can improve the presentation skills. The students got to know what MUNs are the resource people impressed upon them how MUNs could help them improve public speaking, along with the other skills such as negotiation, team building, diction, body language, etc.
The resources persons conducted an activity with students called ‘Block and Tackle’ where students were given a topic and asked to debate for and against spontaneously. They also pitched a 60-hour programme, in which they would mentor students in these aspects. The session was interactive, with a back and forth between the students and the resource people on this topic. The students found the sessions enjoyable and informative, and were keen to register for the programme and to participate in any MUNs. The attendees registered positive and valuable feedback. The event was coordinated by MUN Coordinator, K. Srividya Lakshmi.