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From Orator to an ardent Debater March 5, 2013

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Debating Matters India enriched us with experiences that made us competent in the arena of debating. It was a platform that brought our latent debating skills to the fore. We all started our journey of debating from DMI and hopefully would want to continue with it.
Unlike conventional debates, we were exposed to a forum which demanded thorough research, understanding and knowledge of the topics. We understood that debating was not only about statistics, facts and examples but with what content and passion you put forward your arguments. The topics, of course, were current and thought-provoking. It was all together an intellectual supplement. The unpredictability of the outcome taught us to be well-equipped to face any ‘uphill battle’. It was a test of our ability to respond under pressure which empowered us and sparked our enthusiasm. It developed our critical analysis, improved our confidence and enhanced our presence of mind.
The experts’ seminar was very illuminating and we were extremely fortunate to meet celebrities of various spheres of life. The programme in total was very efficiently organized, well-anchored, the atmosphere- welcoming, and the cuisine- excellent! It was a cross section of ethnical diversity and there was warm cultural exchange.
Walking past the threshold of the British Council, New Delhi, we evolved from what we were to what we have become now- confident, strong, rational, focused, research-oriented and a better personality. We advanced from being a mere orator to an ardent debater.

Paljor Namgyal Girls’ School
Debating Team, 2012-13

Students:
Nistha Sharma
Leah Grace Tenzing Namchyo
Rachel Ongmu Sangay Lepcha
Priyanka Chettri

Teacher co-ordinator:
Ms Alka Chhetri

Paljor Namgya girls

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National Finals: Day 1 & 2 January 16, 2010

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WoW what a brilliant 24 hours of an intellectual festival it has been? We’re here at New Delhi witnessing the National Final rounds of Debating Matters India that guarantees you adventure all throughout…

Day I – 14 Jan ‘10

A brilliant day with some amazing expert witness session for the participating schools followed by an Inspiration event featuring the top opinion makers discussing the benefits and limitation of Alternative Medicine..

Some schools arrived pretty late with full credits to the non-cooperating Delhi weather nevertheless

Day II

Two rounds of the morning preliminary debates are through.. the best minds from minds from East and North India put together a fantastic show.. The lunch time debates are still in the process of getting over.

I’ll come back and get the results published post – event.We have the question time and a free time film show up for the kids…

So long.

Mission National Finals January 12, 2010

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We are almost through with setting everything right for the National Finals – the last stage in the journey of Debating Matters.

Eight schools from four regions will be in New Delhi to take part in this three-day residential event starting from 14 to 16 January 2010.

On the 14th schools start arriving at the British Council. They register and head for an early lunch followed by series of expert witness seminars, discussions, and an early evening inspiration event before they head for their hotel. 15th will have schools battling out the preliminary rounds a quick lunch and they’re back on track. The evening will witness the Question Time modeled around the popular show at BBC our partners the Institute of Ideas organize this well-accepted forum that has been extremely popular amongst audience for years. The panel will consist of opinion makers who would engage themselves with participants and their questions followed by declaration of results and an evening dinner reception marking the end of a brilliant day spent.

16th will feature three rounds of debates followed by presentation, speeches and prize distribution. By the end schools will have made new facebook friends, discussed their points with judges, and the DM team experienced the freezing Delhi temperature but above all learnt a lot on issues and concerns that surround their world.

Really excited to see the debates begin and minds ‘shared’..

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