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MBA students showcase their talent at the inter-college open mic competition  

Apeejay School of Management organises this event during which students express themselves via poems and seek to bring about a change



‘Poetry is a dying art’ is the common notion you will hear from the nation’s youth. Many perceive poetry as boring, useless, and an archaic art form. Yet one will be surprised to know that centuries after centuries have gone by, yet the number of poets is always increasing. After all, poetry is connected with the very current of life; the feelings and ideas it generates. Mostly all, at some point in time, have tried their hand at penning down their emotions in a creative form.

And Apeejay School of Management (ASM) students have always been versatile. Being management students, they know the importance of having a well-balanced personality. The institution too understands the importance of cultivating a student’s emotional and creative side. Keeping this in mind, an open mic poetry competition was organised on the theme ‘Human Rights’. 

The event was organised in a hybrid mode to encourage cross country participation. Over a hundred students from fourteen colleges across diverse universities registered for the event.

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Dr. Etinder Pal Singh, Deputy Director at ASM, inaugurated the competition and highlighted the importance of human rights and the episodes of discrimination in its absence. Delighted on witnessing the high participation he said, “An open mic is a great platform for the youth to put across their point of view. This is the third edition of the ongoing open mic series and I am delighted to see the huge pan-India response both in the online and offline modes. The theme of this event is very relevant and I hope this spreads awareness. I congratulate all participants and hope they had an enriching experience.”

The event witnessed a number of powerful recitals from various events. Students passionately recited their self-written poems, creatively putting forward their arguments. It was very tough for the judges to select the best ones from the masterclass submissions. However, the first prize was bagged by Shruti Singh of Bharti College, Delhi University. The winner of the open mic mentioned, “It was a very nice experience. I never felt as if I was participating for the first time. Shweta ma’am made me feel so comfortable. I thank her for her warmth. I really look forward to more such events and will be participating in them in the future as well.”

The second prize was secured by Tannu Choudhary from Kamal Institute of Higher Education and Advanced Technology.  Delighted with her achievement, she exclaimed, “It was a really nice event. I not only enjoyed it, but also learnt a lot. I would love to take part in such similar events. A big thanks to Apeejay School of Management for providing such a beautiful opportunity to the students. It was a day of learning, competing and winning together.”

The third prize was won jointly by Neha Kumari from The Graduate School College for Women, Jamshedpur, and Tarun Kamal from Institute of Higher Education and Advanced Technology.

The event was a big hit among the students as they not only rediscovered the joy of writing and reciting poetry but also found a new side to themselves – a voice of their own. 

Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay newsroom. With experience in both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world, she has worked with Careers360, India Today and Value360 Communications. A learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveller and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.

Poetic गुफ्तगू – With हुमेरा खान @poetsofDelhi