Debate is one of the academic activities that give students creative room to express what they feel. The knowledge and exposure that students get through debating is simply unparalleled. Jaipuria School of Business (JSB), Indirapuram organised “Dr. Rajaram Jaipuria Memorial Debate” under the title ‘Manthan: Churn Your Mind’ on 9th and 10th of February, 2018. It was a two-day event that saw a participation of more than 62 teams from around 52 different colleges in Delhi NCR. The Preliminary Round was conducted on 9th February while the final round was on 10th February 2018. The topics for the Preliminary round and the Final round were “Can India be a Developed Nation by 2022” and “Role of Youth in Building New India” respectively.
JSB invited Mr. Vinod Malhotra, Member, Board of Governors, Jaipuria Group of Educational Institutions as the Chief-Guest during the Inauguration Ceremony of Manthan: 2018. The Director, JSB, Dr. SK Mahapatra welcomed the Guest and the participants to the event. Sh. Malhotra, in his address, urged the youth of today to channelize its potential towards building a New India.
The deliberations and the discussions during the competition were indeed very intriguing and made it conspicuous that the youth of India is well informed, up-to-date and ready to face any challenge that comes its way. Dr. Seema Verma, Assistant Professor of Professional Communication at ABES Engineering College; Dr. Sonia Gouri, Assistant Professor of Professional Communication at KIET; Ms. Anjali Khanna, VP HR, Jaipuria Group of Educational Institutions; Ms. Neha Bhatia, Trainer and Founder of Nehkagrata; and Prof. Yusuf Mehdi, Assistant Professor of Business Communication at JSB were the judges for the Preliminary round. It was very evident that the teams were well prepared and used various skills like overstatement, definition, irony etc. to convince the audience. The participants, armed with statistics and data made their arguments more emphatic with their righteous facial expressions, body movement and gestures. Out of a pool of more than 62 teams ten teams were selected for the Final round. All the members of the Jury unanimously agreed to the fact that the speakers were very articulate and emphatic and making the final decision was really a herculean task.
The selected ten teams competed for the Champion’s Trophy in the Final round held on 10th February 2018. The judges for the Final round were Mr. Sukrit Ghosh, Marketing and Communications Professional at DXC Technology; Ms. Sarah Berry, Columnist Writer with The Statesman and The Pioneer; and Dr. Timira Shukla, Dean Academics at JSB. The competition on the final day was still stiffer and judgment still harder. The teams exhibited great oratorical skills and were applauded by the audience and the judges themselves. The winning teams were awarded during the Valedictory session. The Chief-Guest for the Valedictory session was PRSI Silver Salver Award Winner Mr. Debjit Rath, while Mr. Gautam Verma, CMMG, SAIL was the Guest of Honour. The Guest of Honour, Mr. Verma applauded the speakers for their very relevant views and enthusiasm with which they expressed their views. The Chief-Guest, in his address, urged the participants to keep up the spirit and highlighted the need to change our very basic attitude and mind-set if we really want India to become a developed nation. Dr. SK Mahapatra, Director, JSB congratulated the participants for their efforts and commitment. The finalists, during the Valedictory session, also shared their experience at JSB and almost every participant applauded the hospitality and interaction with the PGDM students of JSB. The Chief-Guest, the Guest of Honour, The Director, and the Dean presented the trophies to the Champion Debating Team and the Jury Award Winning team. Hitaishee Gaur and Kartikey Maithani from Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida were declared the winners of the competition and lifted the Champion’s Trophy while Surbhi Malik and Tavishi Pandey from Indraprastha Engineering College, Sahibabad bagged the Jury’s Award. The prize money for the Champions was INR 25,000 and for the Jury Award Winners INR 5000. The event closed with a vote of Thanks proposed by the Dean, Dr. Timira Shukla. The formal function was followed by the selfie and photography session by the students who were keen on clicking their pictures with each other. The bonhomie further made it clear that this is how we can build a developed nation.