A volley of viewpoints

Interesting Debate

A volley of viewpoints

It was a highly enjoyable evening of debate at the Rotary Club, Lavelle Road on Monday.

The Rotary Club of Bangalore, in association with the Rotaract Club of Bangalore, had organised ‘Yadalam  Nanjaiah Shetty Rolling Shield: Intercollegiate Debate Competition’, in memory of late Rotarian Yadalam Nanjaiah.

The event was inaugurated by the President of Rotary Club, Ramkumarr Seshu; sponsor of the event and grandson of Yadlam Nanjaiah, YG Ramkumar; Joint secretary of Rotary, RV Bhat; and Director of Vocational Service, Dinyar Langrana. The competition saw six speakers from three colleges debate over the topic —  ‘Life on earth is peril; we have no future until we move to outer space’.

Ridhi and Nagaranjan Chandu from MSRIT; Kaushik Jain and Krishna Prasad from BNMIT; Sanjana Rosario and Akshatha Prabhu from RV College were the finalists selected out of the 18 participants from nine different colleges.

Each speaker was given a time limit of six minutes and interesting points on the topic were made.  The winners of the debate, Ridhi and Nagarajna Chandu from MSRIT, spoke for and against the topic respectively.

Ridhi delivered her point across by speaking about the improved technology that could make for a better life in outer space. She concluded that the only shot at survival in the near future was outer space.

Nagaranjan on the other hand spoke against the topic and delivered his point saying exploration to outer space would be an utter disaster as it would lead to deadlocks where only rich countries had a shot at survival in outer space.These winners were
given a cash price of Rs 20,000.

The first runners-up from BNMIT, Kaushik and Krishna, received a cash price of Rs 10,000.
The annual event of Rotary Club that is being carried forward from the past 25 years gave the students an experience to build confidence and enable them to effectively present their perspective. It gave the students a chance to face the vocational environment with discipline and dedication.

The Chairman of the Vocational Service, Rotary, Gowri Oza said, “Rotarian Yadalam Nanjaiah wanted the college students to confidently face the work environment. We organise this event in his memory and give an opportunity to the students to present their views openly.”

The Rotarians, who attended the event, appreciated the students’ efforts and congratulated them for an insightful evening.

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