“It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” – Joseph Joubert
Recently, the University of Delhi hosted an inter college debating competition in collaboration with the British High Commission, the Great Debate. The chief guests to this event were the Honorable Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi, and His Excellency, the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to India. The debate received great response with 46 college teams participating in it. There were 2 rounds, the preliminary round and the final round.
The preliminary round began at 10 am and saw the participants being divided into 5 groups with each getting 2 motions. For the first half, the motion was THBT “The internet does more harm than good” and for the second half, the motion was THBT “The University should hold no written examinations”. Every participant came up with brilliant ideas and performed outstandingly. However, out of the 5 groups only one group moved forward to the next round which was the final round.
This round started at 3pm and was held in the Convention Hall of the Vicregal Lodge. The motion for this round was THBT “This is the best time to be young”. These bright young minds were judged by an illustrious jury consisting of 5 people. They were:
- Dr. Sonal Mansingh, Padma Vibhushan, eminent dancer and scholar, Honorary Professor to the University of Delhi.
- Sh. Brij Bakshi, former Additional Director General Doordarshan, currently Visiting Professor, Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi.
- Mr. Paul Rennie, Head, Political and Bilateral Affairs, British High Commission, New Delhi.
- Ms. Kitty Tawakley, Press & Communications, British High Commission
- Mr. Stephen King, India Country Director, Virgin Atlantic
The debate ended with Ramjas college’s Nikhil Saha and Akshay Labroo bagging the first prize which entitled them to a one week study tour of Britain. The runners up of the competition were Bhushan Mansharamani and Zaid Abbasi of Dyal Singh College, while Navjit Kaur and Ananyaa Mazumdar of Miranda House became the second runner ups.
All in all the debate was enlightening and immensely interesting with new and profound ideas seeing the light of the day. Such debates help people in enhancing their confidence and their eloquence in speaking and voicing their ideas, and also gives them a platform to do so.