NLSIU debate competitions will be held between March 29 and April 2
For nearly a decade now, the National Law School of India University's (NLSIU) Parliamentary Debate competitions have been an iconic event, drawing participants not just from law schools but from engineering, medical, and arts and science colleges across the country.
When it started 10 years ago, it was a first of its kind contest in India, though the format was hugely popular in universities abroad. This year, in its 10th edition, the NLSIU Parliamentary Debate, modelled in format along the Asian Style Parliamentary Debate, promises a bigger, louder and sharper debate.
These debates, that began with the mandate of popularising parliamentary debating — a format where an issue is argued in the form of policy proposals and debates conducted in parliamentary institutions — are conducted by the Literary and Debating Society of the institute.
Indeed, that the National Law School remains the South Asian face of any international debate competition as well as the reigning champion, nationally, has only added to the aura of the tournament.
This year, the event is scheduled to be held between March 29 and April 2. Seventy teams are scheduled to participate, the highest ever till date. Workshops are in progress to develop the brilliant adjudicator pool, the hallmark of the NLSIU debate. The 10th NLS debate had a highly experienced adjudication core, comprising of five persons who have been Chief Adjudicators at other national and international tournaments, a student from the organising committee pointed out.
From its modest origins 10 years ago, when there were only nine teams participating, today the debate is a “permanent fixture on the SAARC debating calendar”, the student added.
Participants have included teams from colleges in the city to the Indian Institutes of Technology, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Delhi University colleges, the University of Colombo, and the American University of Bangladesh. Teams from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have returned year after year, and have often taken home the top prizes.