The sixth year of the British Council and Institute of Ideas Debating Matters India competition concluded last November with an excellent series of final debates in New Delhi. We are delighted to announce that the winners and national champions, Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Senior Secondary School from Chennai (PSBB), will travel to London to take on the UK champions at the Battle of Ideas festival in October.

At the end of the finals, it was also announced that, for funding and organisational reasons, it would be the last year of DM India in its current form, so there are currently no plans for a competition in 2014. We would like to take this opportunity to recognise the excellent achievements of all the students and to thank the hundreds of judges who have challenged them to increase their knowledge and improve their debating skills. Special thanks are also due to all the teachers who have given their time and inspired their students to excel.