What: The Great Debate 2014, an inter-college debate presented by The British Deputy High Commission, Calcutta, in association with The Telegraph, St. Xavier’s College Students’ Union, Calcutta Debating Circle and Virgin Atlantic
The motion: This house believes that young people should be argumentative
When: Tuesday, from 4pm
Where: St. Xavier’s College auditorium
The participants: Eight colleges and universities from the city — St. Xavier’s College, Presidency University, Jadavpur University, Loreto College, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, National University of Juridical Sciences, Calcutta University, and Lady Brabourne College.
The format: Each team has two speakers — one for the motion and the other against the motion. The team that scores the highest (sum total of points earned by both speakers) will win the debate. The debate will be chaired by Dr. Kunal Sarkar of Calcutta Debating Cirle.
The judges: Harsh Neotia (chairman of Ambuja Realty), Rudrangshu Mukherjee (from The Telegraph), Roopen Roy (managing director, Deloitte Consulting), Monideepa Banerjie (from NDTV) and Scott Furssedonn-Wood (British deputy high commissioner, eastern India).
The prize: The winning team will be a week-long, all-expenses-paid study trip to the UK.
Organiser speak: “I’ve been struck by Calcutta’s active and colourful debating scene. Our GREAT Debate is a small contribution to that. It will showcase the abilities of the vibrant community of college students involved in debating in the city. And we’re very happy to give the winning team an opportunity to visit the UK to experience some of our best educational and cultural institutions,” said Scott Furssedonn-Wood.