Pro.Verb 2018 Promises Memories and Healthy Debates
MANIPAL: The inaugural ceremony of M V Kamath Memorial National Debate Tournament – Pro.Verb took place on September 28 at the auditorium of School of Communication (SOC), Manipal. Pro.Verb is a British Parliamentary debate competition hosted by the Yell Club of SOC, and will be held this year on September 28 – 30.
Dr Poornima Baliga, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) – the Chief Guest of the event and Dr Padma Rani, Director of SOC, were joined by Shreeraj Gudi, Faculty Coordinator of the Yell Club, in lighting the lamp. Dr Padma Rani delivered the welcome address and described what Pro.Verb stands for – reminiscing about the late M V Kamath.
Dr Padma Rani was heard quoting award-winning author Aspen Baker, which summed up the aim of the whole event, “Instead of seeing how much pain I can dish out to those I disagree with or who I believe have done me wrong, I seek to follow the golden rule and use any words and behaviour to create more of what the world needs; love, compassion and connection.”
Dr Poornima Baliga followed up on the speech by Dr Padma Rani with her own welcome address. The theme of reminiscence about the late M V Kamath was also ever- present in her address. She empathised with the college student’s difficulties with food and accommodation by relating them to her own thoughts and experiences. She suggested the students participating in the competition to explore more of Manipal in their spare-time and enjoy their stay in the town.
This year sees Pro.Verb entering into its fourth year of existence. 28 teams, from all across the country will come down to Manipal to attend the competition and experience its fiery debates. The core committee of the event comprises of SOC students who have been working for the last six months to make their tournament a success.
“Some of our seniors decided to have a national-level debate tournament in the memory of our college founder and we are following that legacy. Every year we try something new and want to present ourselves in a good light. I have been a part of the tournament since its second edition in 2016 and have seen it grow,” said Rrishika Kakoty, Convenor, Pro.Verb 2018, while talking about the tournament and its history. “This year, in the fourth edition, we have 28 teams from across the country and I hope they have a good and healthy debate,” she added.
The Vote of Thanks was proposed by the organisers – wherein the sponsors, guests and faculty coordinator were lauded for their contribution towards the event.
The inauguration ceremony was followed by a ‘mock debate’, to explain how a British Parliamentary debate works and an adjudicator briefing to explain the mechanics of adjudication for the competition.
Featured Image Courtesy: Aditi Desai
Edited by: Tarush Dhume