8 school teams from Delhi have been shortlisted for a round of verbal jousting at the Delhi/NCR Round of Intellebate – The National English Debating Championship, 2016, powered by USA UnivQuest. These teams will fight it out for a spot in the National Finals of ‘Intellebate’, for a coveted place in the Indian Debating Team which will represent the country at the 28th World Schools Debating Championship 2016, to be held in Germany.
The World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC) is one of the most prestigious among global debating competitions for high school students. At WSDC, 2016, debaters from across 66 countries of the world will converge at Stuttgart, Germany for 10 days of debating and cogitating over important global issues.
For the first time, the Indian Team for the World Schools Debating Championship is being selected through a robust, open all India school competition - "INTELLEBATE - The National English Debating Championship, powered by USA UnivQuest.
A massive outreach campaign was launched to ensure that students from more than 20 cities get access to the opportunity of showcasing their talent and get a fair chance through Intellebate. USA UnivQuest has successfully reached out to more than a million students across the country, making INTELLEBATE the biggest inter-school debating competition. In Delhi, more than 40 school teams competed with each other for debating supremacy in a high octane contest where the best debating talent from the student community was on full display. Partnered by Ramjas School, Intellebate saw highly active participation of the capital’s student community.
After a vibrant and tough competition among more than 200 students from schools around the capital, 3 teams from Delhi/NCR were shortlisted to compete with students from others cities in the national round of the championship that will finally select the 5 members of India’s debating squad.
The selected School Teams from Delhi that have made it to the National Finals of INETLLEBATE, powered by USA UnivQuest are:
Spring Dales, Pusa Road, Champion School Team, Delhi NCR
- Mother International, Runner Up School Team, Delhi NCR
- Modern School, Vasant Vihar, Third Team to qualify from Delhi NCR
USA UnivQuest is trying to popularize debating as a fun way of sharpening the Critical and Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS), recognized by NCERT and CBSE as a vital cog in the overall success of a student. The exercise of debating invigorates the minds of young students and trains them to accept with grace the opinion of those with whom they differ. Through this initiative USA UnivQuest is trying to ignite a fresh culture of debate in the country as a means to sharpen the minds of our students, embolden critical thinking and a spirit of inquiry,” said Mr. Ajay Koul of USA UnivQuest.
USA UnivQuest rates ‘Debating’ as a key skill that sharpens the intellect of a child and instills in them a sense of confidence and thought leadership – qualities that are sought after by leading Universities across the world. USA UnivQuest is doing its best to transform today’s learners into tomorrow’s leading by encouraging a system of learning that promotes creativity and absorption, rather than just cramming.
The Delhi NCR event concluded with prize distribution ceremony for Best Debating School Awards 2016 and declaration of the City Team to represent City in the National Finals of Intellebate.