India Selects its Winning Team at the Top Debating Talent
INTELLEBATE Announces Team India for the World Schools Debating Championship 2016
- Powered by USA UnivQuest, INTELLEBATE, saw participation from ___ students who vied for debating supremacy at the National championship across 20+ cities.
- The winning team consisting of 5 best debaters at the Grand Finale today will represent India at the World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC), 2016 in Germany.
New Delhi, May 20, 2016: After an intense battle of argument, wit and verbal jousting involving more than 1000 students across 20 cities, INTELLEBATE, powered by USA UnivQuest, finally announced the five winners of the National Debating Championship, who will carry the Indian flag at the 28th World Schools Debating Championship 2016, to be held in Germany.
The five remarkable students who beat stiff country-wide competition to emerge victorious at the National Round of Intellebate held here on May 14 are Mr. Dhananjay Ashok, Mr. Aatmik Gupta, Ms. Tejaswini Krishnaprasad, Mr. Hemanth Chakravarthy and Mr. Kartik Tadepalli.
The winners will form a formidable Indian squad that will vie for world debating supremacy at WSDC, one of the most prestigious global debating competitions for high school students. At WSDC, 2016, debaters from across 66 countries of the world will converge at Stuttgart, Germany for 10 days of debating and cogitating over important global issues.
This was the first time that the Indian Team for the WSDC was selected through a robust, open all India school competition – “INTELLEBATE – The National English Debating Championship, powered by USA UnivQuest.
A massive outreach campaign was launched to ensure that students from more than 20 cities get access to the opportunity of showcasing their talent and get a fair chance through Intellebate.
At the Grand Finale of the competition held at the India International Centre here, 36 national finalists debated each other in a high octane contest where the best debating talent from the student community was on full display.
In the run up to the national competition, USA UnivQuest successfully reached out to more than a million students across the country, making INTELLEBATE the biggest inter-school debating competition.
USA UnivQuest is trying to popularize debating as a fun way of sharpening the Critical and Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS), recognized by NCERT and CBSE as a vital cog in the overall success of a student.
“Over the past few weeks, we saw a splendid display of talent and debating skills by students from across the country, some of whom truly belied their age and experience. We are proud to finally announce Team India for the WSDC 2016 and are confident these students will bring laurels to the country. Through this initiative USA UnivQuest is trying to ignite a fresh culture of debate in the country as a means to sharpen the minds of our students, embolden critical thinking and a spirit of inquiry. This prestigious platform also gives students a unique chance to interact with their peers from cross the country opening new avenues and perspectives for them,” said Mr. Ajay Koul of USA UnivQuest.
USA UnivQuest rates ‘Debating’ as a key skill that sharpens the intellect of a child and instills in them a sense of confidence and thought leadership – qualities that are sought after by leading Universities across the world. USA UnivQuest is doing its best to transform today’s learners into tomorrow’s leading by encouraging a system of learning that promotes creativity and absorption, rather than just cramming.
Debate Topics that were debated in the day:
- National Pre Final Debate:The House Believes That – It is time to scrap affirmative action across the world
- National Final Debate:The House Believes That – Nationalism as a form of political mobilization is not opposed to natural human rights
- Grand Final Debate:Impromptu, was declared 1/2 hour before the respective debates
- Topic 01:The house would prosecute teenagers as adults for criminal offences
- Topic 02: The house would blacklist tax heavens like Panama.