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  • The debate was sponsored by Mr. Shahab Husain in the loving memory of his uncle late Mushtaq Naqvi

    Posted On 20 November 2017

    Unity College hosted the Mushtaq Naqvi Memorial Inter School Debate 2017 on 16th November with an aim of providing a creative platform to the students of premier schools to vent their views on the burning issue of the day in a very congenial ambience. The debate was sponsored by Mr. Shahab Husain in the loving memory of his uncle late Mushtaq Naqvi and his rich literary legacy. The Chief Guest for the Inauguration was Rev. Fr. Vincent Pinto, Principal St. Paul’s School and for the Prize Distribution was Prof. AlokDhawan, Director, CSIR- IITR. College Principal Mr. Francis Castelino warmly welcomed the guests. Addressing the gathering Mr. Pinto appreciated the topic chosen for the discussion. He said as the issue was being raised for the last 12 years, the views would indeed be enlightening and informatory for the audience. Mr. Dhawan put forth a question, “Whatmakes you the supreme of all animals?’ It is, the ability to ask questions. The more you ask questions, the more you go up. He then encouraged the students to ask questions to their teachers and clear their doubts. In this way, they gain knowledge. He further said if they apply their mind not brain, they would be more rational. This year’s event brought an overwhelming response as twelve schools engaged in the debate contest. Each school fielded a team of two participants. The topic was picked up by one of the contestants through a draw of chits. It was followed by an hour of preparation. The proposition came out to be one of the most burning issues–“JUVENILES SHOULD BE TRIED AND TREATED AS ADULTS”.The arena of oratory skills witnessed a real agitation as the topic directly or indirectly concerned the young debaters. They demonstrated a maturity far beyond their years as they presented views and counter views logically with conviction. They sighted reasons and supported them with suitable examples from real life to justify their stand. Their highly relevant arguments made a profound impression on the audience leaving them indecisive whether to favour or not an accused juvenile. The most excitingmoments came during the rebuttal round as the House was open for the participants to ask their opponents questions pertaining to the content presented by the debaters. Each debater rose to the occasion to defend his argument. The panel of judges comprised Ms. ShahiraNaim, Bureau Chief of Tribute and Mr. Ikram Ali, Ex Deputy News Editor, The Times of India. They adjudged the speakers for content, expression, fluency, argument, compliance to the time and rebuttal. The winners were honoured with trophies, gift vouchers and certificates. The winner’s table is given below: BEST SPEAKER ‘FOR’ Fatima Batool Unity College BEST SPEAKER ‘AGAINST’ Kanad Pandey St. Dominic Savio School 1st RUNNER’S UP ‘FOR’ Ramsha Fatima Cathedral Senior Secondary School 1st RUNNER’S UP ‘AGAINST’ Akshat Dixit Cathedral Senior Secondary School 2nd RUNNER’S UP ‘FOR’ YumanUl Islam St Francis College 2nd RUNNER’S UP ‘AGAINST’ S. Ali Jibran Rizvi Unity College BEST TEAM Fatima Batool & S. Ali Jibran Rizvi Unity College 1st RUNNER’S UP TEAM Ramsha Fatima &Akshat Dixit Cathedral Senior Secondary School The curtain drew on the nail biting literaria with a thanks giving vote by College President Dr. S. Kalbe Sadiq.