Dr. Rajaram Jaipuria Memorial Debateadmin
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”- Aristotle
Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Lucknow, organised the third, online, Dr.Rajaram Jaipuria Memorial Debate on 21 August 2020.
Mr. Shishir Jaipuria, the Chairman of Jaipuria Group of Institutions, was the Chief Guest for the day. Mr. Vinod Malhotra, the Advisor, and Mr. Harish Sanduja, Director Schools, Jaipuria Group of Educational Institutions were the Guest of Honor.
The debate witnessed overwhelming participation from schools across the country. Thirteen schools participated in the debate. The topic this year was- Education today is only training the head and not the heart. The topic was shared with the speakers on the 19th of August. There were schools from Mussoorie, Baroda, New Delhi, Kanpur and Lucknow.
The debate was judged by an esteemed panel of judges – Ms. Gauri Savadi, Early Childhood Educator currently Director for Govt Run Preschool Centres, Singapore; Ms. Ashu Wadhwa, Principal of Paramita Heritage School, Karimnagar; Ms. N.R. Sunadini, Education, Learning and Development consultant, Bengaluru. The debate was set in motion by the Moderator of the day, Ms. Khushi Uniyal, Student of Neuroscience, Canada.
The programme started with an invocation to the Almighty followed by a classical dance on “KaaliStrotam” by Shivani Gupta and Janvi Gupta. Mr. Shishir Jaipuria, the Chairman, spoke about his father on whose name this debate was started. He recalled Dr. Rajaram Jaipuria’s vision and his belief in Karma. He also shared that his father’s deep interest in yoga and the fact that he had learned the Geeta at a very early age. He wished good luck to all the participants.
Ms. Poonam Kochitty, Principal, welcomed the participants and declared the debate open. The students of Jaipuria were the enthusiastic audience to witness this exciting event. The debate was streamed live on Facebook too. Swastika Gupta and Itisha Singh were the anchors for the day.
The debate is one of the academic activities that give students the creative room to express what they feel. The length and breadth of knowledge that they gain through this is simply unparalleled. The teams were well prepared and undoubtedly convinced the judges and the audience of their beliefs and views. The participants, armed with statistics and data made their arguments more emphatic with their righteous facial expressions and voice modulation. They exhibited great oratory skills. The competition was an enthralling experience for the speakers as well as the audience.
The highlight of the event was the question-answer round, as a volley of questions were answered confidently by both the sides, inviting counter questions that were aptly answered by witty and vivacious speakers. The session was a kaleidoscope of opinions, thoughts, ideas, and perspectives that definitely enhanced the knowledge and understanding of the topic among students.
Priyansh Bhatia – XIand Pranjali Tripathi – XI, Seth AnandramJaipuria School, Kanpur, were adjudged as the best speakers For and Against the motion. They received a cash prize of Rs. 500 /- each. Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Kanpur, bagged the title of the winning team. City Montessori School – 1, Lucknow, was the runner-up team. All the participants received e-certificates.
It was an invigorating round of debate. The judges appreciated and congratulated all the participants. Ms. Poonam Kochitty, the Principal, concluded the event with the hope to be able to host the debate in the school premises next year!