The Bengal chapter of Speak for India, a widely popular inter-college debate competition, organised by Federal Bank in association with Times of India and Ei Samay, was unveiled at Jadavpur University on Tuesday.
The event, which was held at Triguna Sen auditorium, was inaugurated by JU vice-chancellor Suranjan Das, along with senior vice-president and network II head, Federal Bank, Nandakumar V, in the presence of Dileep B, vice-president and Kolkata zonal head, Federal Bank, and Sajan KP, deputy vice-president and Kolkata regional head, Federal Bank.
The competition, which aims at finding the most pulsating, confident and cogent debater from the state in Bengali, English or Hindi language categories, saw 180-odd students from different colleges taking part on the first day. “Based on the current scene, the main motto of imparting higher education is not only to create individuals for the emerging market economy but also to produce creative citizens, who can think and ask crucial questions concerning nation-building. And such questions can only be raised by the youths when they are given a voice and a platform like this. Only such questions can help in nation-building and make India a better place to live in,” said Das.
A CSR activity by Federal Bank, the debate competition started in Kerala in 2014. Over the years, the competition has spread to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujrat, Delhi and Bengal, the last being the latest addition this year. “The basic aim of the competition is to empower the youth to develop the skill of debating. To ensure our country is in safer hands, this is a small gesture to give back something to society,” said Nandakumar V.
Students from 600 colleges have registered for the Bengal edition. Till February 15, they will undergo audition rounds, when they will be given a set of topics, ranging from cricket to politics, from modern apps to superstitions, to speak on. The grand finale will be held in March. The winner will get a cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh and the runner-up Rs 1 lakh. Each of the finalists will also win Rs 25,000 each. College students can still participate by registering on www.speakforindia.in.
Source: Times of India