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Fourth Edition of Pro.Verb Concludes with MIT’s Victory

MANIPAL: Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) carried the first prize in the fourth edition of M.V. Kamath Memorial National Debate Tournament – Pro.Verb organised at School of Communication (SOC) during September 28-30.

Project Verbal, more commonly known as Pro.Verb is an annual three day British Parliamentary debating tournament. This year, the tournament commenced in the presence of the Chief Guest Dr Poornima Baliga, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) and Dr Padma Rani, Director of SOC. “Argue, debate, and fight your way to the trophy,” said the Pro-Vice Chancellor of MAHE while wishing the teams as she inaugurated the tournament.

The first two days of the tournament comprised the qualifying rounds. On the evening of the second day, the much awaited break night was conducted where all the teams danced, enjoyed, and socialised. The night ended with the announcement of the semifinalists – the debaters and adjudicators who broke. On the final day, the four finalists put up a spectacular debate with each team hungry for the winner’s trophy.

 

A fierce debate was seen in the final round on the motion “This house opposes the glorification of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.” || Photograph Courtesy: Delvin Varghese

 

In the heated finals, one of the two qualifying MIT teams emerged as the winner of the tournament. This was the second consecutive win for MIT. Amandeep Singh Kalsi, who won last year, took the title of the winning team again along with another teammate, Shouvik Mukherjee. “It was a lot of pressure as we had to defend our title especially when the competition at Pro.Verb has gone up. There were many teams from law colleges and it goes without saying that their knowledge of laws gives them an edge. So to defend ourselves from them and win the tournament certainly feels great,” said Amandeep.

 

28 teams from across the country were in Manipal for three days to debate in the national level tournament. || Photograph Courtesy: Delvin Varghese

 

The tournament was the biggest edition so far, with a total of 28 teams and 13 adjudicators from across the country. “We had a better turnout this year and the event was going right on track. Every year we raise the bar. I hope the upcoming editions are so great that we run out of infrastructure to accommodate the teams,” said Bhavna Subramanian, one of the conveners of Pro.Verb.

“The kind of political issues Pro.Verb makes the participant debate on expands their purview especially within the media perspective that this college delivers,” said Sawal Choudhary, one of the four Core Adjudicators invited for the tournament.

 

Hrishikesh V. of PES University, Bangalore won the title of best adjudicator. || Photograph Courtesy: Delvin Varghese

 

“There were very divisive issues which made it a challenge for the debaters to understand and defend their stance. The motions were extremely relevant to current world affairs, reflecting the theme of corporate and social injustice,” said Hrishikesh V. of PES University, who was declared as the best adjudicator.

 

Featured Image Courtesy: Delvin Varghese 

Edited by: Karthika Venugopal

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