HNLU bags top prizes at PRO.VERB 16
Manipal: The second edition of ‘M. V. Kamath Memorial National Parliamentary Debate Tournament: PRO.VERB 2016’ was held on September 16, 17 and 18 at School of Communication (SOC). Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur, and Christ University Law, Bangalore, bagged the first and second position respectively.
The three-day British parliamentary debate tournament organised by Y.E.L.L, the literary and debating club of SOC, drew 24 participating teams along with four core adjudicators from all over India.
The event started with lighting of the lamp by the chief guest, Varadesh Hiregange, Director of Centre for Gandhian and Peace Studies. “Debating is not just arguing and putting one’s opinion across, but it also includes having the broad-mindedness to accept others’ opinion. The truth can be multi-faceted, and debating is an exploration of the truth”, he said, addressing the audience.
This was followed by the initial rounds of the tournament with the subsequent rounds were held the next day. Day two also witnessed Break Night, where, the names of the four teams that made it to the semi-finals were announced. These teams competed in the finals where HNLU bagged the first prize of Rs. 16,000 and Christ University Law bagged the second prize of Rs. 10,000. The best adjudicator, Aniket Chowdhury from HNLU, won a prize of Rs. 8,000, and the best speaker, Parineeta Khare from Christ University Law, Bengaluru, won a prize of Rs. 5,000.
The winners were felicitated by Captain Ganesh Karnik, Chief Whip of the opposition government at Karnataka Legislative Council, who motivated the young minds to work for the betterment of the nation. “We have become loud, impractical, dishonest, lazy and corrupt. The call of the hour is to stand up and talk in a single voice as one nation,” he said.
The participants of the competition expressed their satisfaction at the organisation of the event. “The PRO.VERB team has done a fantastic job, although, the turnout could have been better. The kind of debate pulled up was brilliant. I would definitely have Manipal in my mind whenever I come down to Karnataka now, and this is because of the experience the core team and management provided,” said Aditya Shrivastava, one of the core adjudicators.
Edited by Manasi Susarla