NALSAR walks away with top honours at Pro.Verb 20152 min read
Manipal: School Of Communication (SOC), Manipal University, organised the M.V.Kamath Memorial National Debate Tournament (PRO.VERB), an intervarsity British Parliamentary debate tournament from October 2 – 4, 2015 at the college premises. National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad walked away with both the winners and runners-up award.
The event was held in order to bring to light the rich debating heritage of the southern belt and to provide a platform for debaters from across the country to showcase their debating and oratory skills.
There were a total of 16 teams participating with 40 participants from various colleges. NALSAR, Hyderabad, winners and runners-up at the event bagged a prize money of Rupees 15,600 respectively. The winners for the finale were Pranshul Joshi and Shweta whereas the first runners up were Ribhu Mukherjee and Oorvi Mehta, who also won the best speakers award. The best adjudictor award, however, was handed over to Shishira Suresh of M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore.
It was the first national level debate competition to take place in Manipal University in remembrance of the late M.V. Kamath, former director of SOC and a pioneer journalist who was felicitated with the esteemed Padma Bhushan award in 2004.
The event kicked off on Gandhi Jayanti with an opening address by faculty coordinator Shreeraj Gudi, followed by a short Sarod recital. K. Annamalai, Superintendent of Police, Udupi district was the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony. On addressing the audience, he said, “Debating shouldn’t be a clash of personalities, but a clash of ideas and thought provoking.”
“Being a first time event, we could seek the participation of 16 teams. But, even then in terms of a healthy competition, no stones were left unturned,” said Anirban Paul, organiser of the event and a member of Yell, the parent-debating club that hosted the tournament.
On the concluding day after the prize distribution ceremony, Nandini Lakshmikantha, Director, SOC, urged the students to indulge in debates of all sorts and said, “Intellectual Parliamentary Debates ceases to occur in the real parliament and futile discussions take a toll on it. Hence, a healthy argument and a well informed exchange of ideas is the need of the hour.”
The concluding address was delivered by Shreeraj Gudi, faculty coordinator for the event, wherein he applauded the commendable support of everyone associated with Pro.Verb and “how it went smoothly inspite of the lapses and loopholes that were present.”
Edited by Kavana Desai