Chennai, May 03: Seerat Gupta, a third year journalism student from Christ (to be deemed university) in Bengaluru, won first place in an essay contest conducted by the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai in association with DT Next newspaper to commemorate World Press Freedom Day 2018. The essay contest was open to college and university students in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Maitreyi Menon, a third year economics and public policy student from Kochi, came in second. Third place went to Karrthik R., also a third year journalism student from Christ (to be deemed university) in Bengaluru. Daphnie Parimala Rajavel, a second year English literature student from the Women’s Christian College in Chennai, and Karthik R., a first year MBA student from College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University in Chennai, were named honorable mention and most creative, respectively.
“The United States values freedom of the press as a key component of democratic governance,” said U.S. Consulate General Spokesperson Alexis Wolff during a panel discussion at the American Center in Chennai on May 3. “I was inspired and impressed to read such insightful essays from South Indian students about both how they characterize and how they help protect a free press.”
K. B. Mohan, Associate Editor, DT Next, and Bijoy Bharathan, Senior Assistant Editor (Business), DT Next joined participants Karrthik R., Daphnie Parimala Rajavel, and Karthik R. on the panel. Consul General Robert Burgess and Ninan Thariyan, CEO of DT Next, presented prizes and certificates to the winners.