MIT hosts first ever national-level debate tournament2 min read
Manipal: Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) organised its first ever national level debate tournament from August 13-15.
Following the British Parliamentary format of debate, “MIT Debating Tournament” had a total of 32 teams from across India participating in it. The first round was conducted on August 13 with the teams divided into eight groups competing against each other. Three more rounds were conducted on August 14 after which 4 teams proceeded to the semi-finals of the event.
After three days and several rounds of intense debating, the team of Anish Ravishankar and Trishal Kumar were declared the winners of the competition. They walked away with a cash prize of Rs. 20,000. In addition, Trishal Kumar was adjudged the best speaker. The competition was adjudged by a panel of four core members: Chandrasekar Sriram, Tushar Kanakagiri, Souradip Sen and Amritha Varshini.
The organisers were encouraged by the potential of hosting the first ever debating Tournament in MIT. Samir Kothari, a member of of the organising committee elaborated, “We faced a lot of challenges in making sure everything is on point. We have to be spontaneous and quick. Its like we’re on our feet the whole day. But we’ve worked really hard for this tournament to be a success from the past two-three months. I hope the participants had a great time and were able to enjoy their stay here.”
The participants at MIT DT found the hectic three-day event to be a learning experience. Prem Sylvester, a participant from College of Engineering, Chennai said, “This kind of format brings up our level of competence. It has been long hectic days followed by long nights preparing for the next day.”
Meanwhile, the trophy for the winning team was renamed to honour Gowri Thampi, MIT student and Literary and Debating club (LND) member who passed away recently.
Edited by Prajwal Bhat