Keeping in consonance with its spirit to disseminate knowledge and nurture creativity in students, JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur organized the 5th National Debate Competition on 12st January 2017, on the theme, Is skill Development more important than Academic achievement? The institute also celebrated 154th Birth anniversary of the great spiritual guru, Shri Swami Vivekananda and National Youth day to spread the message of Vedanta as the world’s most ancient religious philosophy.
The event invited participants both at the school and college/university level from across the nation. The inaugural session began in the morning, graced by the presence of Dr. Manoj Bhatia, Dean, Institute of Management, besides the participants, the teachers accompanying the teams, the jury members, the faculty members and the students of the University. The Inaugural session commenced on a religious note as the dignitaries lit the lamp and invoked Saraswati, the goddess of learning.
Dr. Poonam Vyas, Faculty coordinator of the debate, introduced the theme and brought to the fore its subtle and intriguing nuances for the gathering. This was followed by Dr. Bhatia’s address where he urged the students to take message from Swami Vivekanand’s life. The Inaugural session ended with a vote of thanks by Prof Narayan Sahoo, the other Coordinator of the debate.
The college level debate witnessed eloquent speakers from IIS University, Jaipur, Poornima College of Engineering, Jaipur, Manipal University, Jaipur, Amity University, Jaipur and JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur. The speakers spoke fervently and with consummate expression, transferring their heightened levels of enthusiasm and energy to the gathering. The panel for the college category included Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Dr. Usha Kanoongo and Mrs. Sita Kumar. At the school level, the competition was witnessed between teams from Neerja Modi School,Jaipur, Birla Balika Vidyapeeth,Pilani, Rukmani Devi Birla School, Jaipur and India International School, Jaipur. The jury panel consisted of Dr. Shenhlata Dhaka, Dr. Arun Poonia and Mr. Emerson Noble Scott.
Surcharged with witty expressions, puckish repartee and caressing sarcasm, the Rebuttal Round generated successive applauds from the rejoicing audience who enthusiastically cheered the passion, grit and intensity of the young debaters. Consequent upon the intensely waged war of words witnessed in this round, top five teams from each category qualified for the final Q&A Round.
In Question and Answer round, the jury posed questions to the contestants to judge their depth of knowledge, their conviction in their stance and their ability to survive in stressful situations. In this round, the finalists’ wits and spontaneity were put to a litmus test to sort out the winners and runners-up. Eventually, the day long proceedings saw Birla Balika Vidyapeeth, Pilani securing the runners-up trophy while India International School, Jaipur, bagged the coveted winning trophy in the school category. In the college category, JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur bagged the runners-up trophy while IIS University, Jaipur walked away with the prestigious winning trophy.
In the Valedictory session that quickly followed the final round, the jury members shared their appreciative feedback both for the young debaters and the hosts. Some of the teachers accompanying their teams also expressed their admiration for the level of debate and the warm hospitality extended to them. Finally the winning and runner-up teams were awarded with the trophies, the certificates and the cash prize. All other participants too were given certificates.