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A debate is the only means in a rational society to arbitrate between two opposing points of view. It is not important how aggressive one is, but rather how well-informed one is about the issue and how decently, yet firmly one can present the points. It is also important how many new points the team can present as well as how many of the opponents points the team can cancel out.
Students should form a team of 3 to 4 members regardless of standard. The teams may choose the topics they want to debate upon and the side they want to take, from the topics given. However, in order to match the teams, the orgainzers may ask the team to change their choice well before the event. Students may use either of English, Hindi or Marathi to communicate. Teams will be paired on basis of language & standard whereever possible, Etiquette, logic & consistency of argument will decide the winners.

If there is a clear winner (margin of 2 or more points) then that team gets the top award and the next one (again if a clear difference) gets the second prize.
If however, the difference is not clear, a tie breaker between the close ranking teams will go for a tie breaker where they will be asked to chose any topic / side other than they already spoke upon.

So teams should prepare more than one topic.

Scroll below for details of various rounds

G2  -     (Std 5 To 8)

25 Nov, 08:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Choose any one (but do prepare more in case of tie)
1) Do we need a teacher to learn something?
2) Do we really need to learn Math?

Teams will toss for the side they want. Initially either team must present their points in an organized fashion and then the counter-points can begin. The debate will be allowed to run for about 15 minutes after which the anchor may ask the teams to conclude or the audience may be asked for new points which the finalists will have to defend against. Etiquette during counter attack, rationale behind points and the capacity to understand the other team's key argument and thus counter attack, will be the deciding factors.

G3  -     (Std 9 To 12)

25 Nov, 08:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Choose any one (but do prepare more in case of tie)
1) Is the idea of a school outdated? (In other words - are schools needed today)
2) Should there be a common curriculum for all schools in India?
3) Is learning of arts necessary at school?

Teams will toss for the side they want. Initially either team must present their points in an organized fashion and then the counter-points can begin. The debate will be allowed to run for about 15 minutes after which the anchor may ask the teams to conclude or the audience may be asked for new points which the finalists will have to defend against. Etiquette during counter attack, rationale behind points and the capacity to understand the other team's key argument and thus counter attack, will be the deciding factors.

Copyright@Kedar Soni