Platform for young minds to exchange views and develop creative & critical thinking skills.
The CTTE Speakers Forum is a collaborative venture of the Student Council and the Department of English. It is a friendly platform for young minds to shed their inhibitions and exchange views thereby scaling up their creative and critical thinking skills.
More specifically the forum aims to:
The forum was inaugurated by Ms. Shibili Suhanah, Public Speaker, Mental Health Advocate, COO of WISH (Women’s Initiative for Success and Happiness) on 19th December, 2020.
Student Coordinators:Ms. Saranya Y of I M.Com & Ms. Raeesah Roshan of II BA English along with the Student Council Members
Faculty Coodinator: Ms. Haritha Pavithran (Assistant Professor, Dept. of English) with the support of Mrs. Beena Thomas, Dean of Students and Head, Department of English.
On December 19, 2020, the CTTE Speaker’s Forum was officially inaugurated by Ms. Shibili Suhanah, Public Speaker, Mental Health Advocate, COO of WISH (Women’s Initiative for Success and Happiness). In the highly interactive session, Ms. Suhanah shared her experiences as a public speaker and encouraged the students to make use of open forums.
The inauguration was followed by the open talk on the topic ‘COVID Tales’ where the speakers shared their lock down experiences and their thoughts on the pandemic.
The Second Session of CTTE Speaker’s Forum was a debate on the topic ‘Tradition Vs Modernity’ which was organised on January 16,2021. The Guest speaker for the same was Mr. T Franklin , Toast Master, Public Speaker, Youth Icon of Chennai (2019). Mr. Franklin began the session by reminding the students of the importance of public speaking and also provided insights into the functioning of Toast Master club of Chennai. Further, he briefed about the rules of the debate. 8 students in two teams actively participated in the session opposing and defending multiple views on the given topic.
On January 30, 2021, the CTTE Speaker’s Forum conducted its third session on the topic ‘Are there Martyrs Today’, from 3.00 p.m to 4.00 p.m via Google Meet. The guest speaker for the same was Ms. R Harini Entrepreneur, Freelancer and Poet& State Level Public Speaking Winner. In the highly interactive first half of the session, Ms. Harini shared her experience of growing up in an army family and posed many thought-provoking questions. Post this, the open talk followed where each speaker shared her views. At the end of the session, constructive criticisms were provided by the guest speaker.
A vibrant session on ‘Is the Government or the individual to be blamed for the rising unemployability in India?’ was organised on February 13, 2021, from 3.00 p.m to 4.30 p.m for the students of C.T.T.E college for women. The resource person for the same was Dr. Sudha Srikanth, Soft Skills and Placement Officer, C.T.T.E college for Women. In the thought-provoking discussion initiated by the guest speaker, students raised queries and shared their concerns on unemployability. Post this, the open talk on the mentioned topic followed where the students expressed their views.
The CTTE speaker’s forum organised a national webinar followed by the open forum on ‘The Healthy Diet Debate: Will Back to Basics Eating help?’ as its fifth session on February 27, 2021 from 3.00 p.m to 4.00 p.m in Google Meet.
The resource person of the same was Ms. Sridevi Jasti Nutritionist, Organic Farmer, Entrepreneur, whole foods chef, founder of ‘Vibrant living’. Ms. Jasti enlightened the audience about the importance of a proper and healthy diet and how organic farming helps in the same. She also provided a sneak-peak into the varieties of food crops that are grown in her farm, and also shared the experiences of her journey as an entrepreneur.
Further, she interacted with the audience and answered their queries regarding organic farming.
The highly interactive program was followed by the open talk on ‘The Healthy Diet Debate: Will Back to Basics Eating help?’ where the participants, who were mostly first-time speakers, shared their views on the same.
A highly interactive session on the topic Is Women’s Day just another day of celebration was organised on March 13, 2021, from 3.00 t p.m to 4.00 p.m by the CTTE Speaker’s Forum. The session had Ms. Swethal Ramachandran (M.Phil, NET) as the guest speaker. In the first half of the programme, Ms. Ramachandran traced the history of feminist movements and thereafter shared many anecdotes and real-time stories pertaining women and their daily struggles.
The audience actively interacted with the speaker and posed many interesting questions. The speaker also clarified the difference between ‘reacting’ and ‘responding’ to a situation at the workplace, where a lot of women still face gender bias.
This was followed by the open talk where the student speakers expressed their views on the topic. They were appreciated by the guest speaker for their original thoughts and presentation style.
An informative open talk on Will the Young Indian voters be the game changers in the 2021 State Elections? was organised by the CTTE Speaker’s forum on March 27, 2021, from3.00p.m to 4.30. p.m via Google Meet. The guest speaker for the same was Ms. Kalaivani Ravi Advocate, Bar Council Member ( Tamil Nadu and Puducherry). It was the seventh and the last session of the academic year 2020-21.
In the first half of the session, Ms. Ravi posed many thought-provoking questions related to elections to the audience who shared their interesting views. The speaker also demonstrated how to access the election portal to know more about the candidates of the election, by sharing her screen. The session thus created awareness among the young students among whom many were first-time voters.
The interactive session was then followed by the open talk on Will the Young Indian voters be the game changers in the 2021 State Elections?. The speakers shared varied and interesting views on the same. At the end of the session, Mrs. Beena Thomas, Dean of Students, addressed the audience and congratulated all the students who had taken part in the open talk series.