Started in 1969 when the Telangana movement was at its zenith and schools and colleges remained closed for an year, the flamboyant YOCS - the Young Orators' Club (the 'S' perhaps stands for Secunderabad) - at YMCA Secunderabad
is one of the most popular oratory clubs in town, resonating with the vivacity of the more voluble youngsters of town.
Conducting public speaking events such as elocutions, debates, JAMs (Just A Minute) and group discussions for members and newcomers, this flamboyant club boasts of ex-members who are into a multitude of professional fields - from politics to management to, of course, IT. While it aims to be a place where loquacious amateurs hone their skills, a lot of trepid rookies preparing for MBA GDs also diligently color up the ambience.
YOCS Sessions are held every Saturday at 6:30pm at the YMCA building. The club consists of a President, a Vice-President, a General Secretary and a Treasurer - these form the governing body. The members of the club are selected on regularity and proficiency basis. Oh yes, the place has been known for some pretty raunchy politics over the past decade.
The membership fee is Rs. 200 per annum. YOCS also holds re-unions for its ex-members each year, no matter where the alumni are.
For young guns looking to master the art of oratory, YOCS is the undisputed temple.