The British Council hosted the GREAT Debate Chennai Finals
Witnessed participation from 26 prestigious Colleges and Universities from Tamil Nadu
Chennai, 3 September 2015: The UK’s premier debating competition, The GREAT Debate 2015 Chennai Finals, was successfully concluded at the British Council today, on 3 September 2015. In attendance were Bharat Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chennai along with Mei-kwei Barker, Director, British Council, South India.
Organised by the British High Commission, the GREAT Debate competition is the biggest since its conception. In its third edition, the competition will be organised in ten cities – Bhubaneswar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmadabad, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Jaipur.
M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women was announced the winner, out of the 26 colleges and universities that participated in the GREAT Debate Chennai Finals across Tamil Nadu. The winning team from Chennai, Tabitha S S and Kavya Sree Kumar, along with other city/centre winners will participate in the grand finale in New Delhi in January 2016. Two winning teams from the national finals will be offered a week-long study tour to the UK. This tour will include visits to a Barclay’s Premier League football match, visits to historical sites, academic institutions and cultural events, as well as meetings with British students.
Speaking at the Chennai Final, Bharat Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chennai said,“I'm delighted that we're hosting the GREAT Debate in Chennai - one of 10 Indian cities - once again. As we saw last year, Southern Indian Universities know how to argue! These debates are a vibrant, fun yet challenging way to celebrate the UK-India relationship. I congratulate the winning team and wish them luck for the finals.”
Mei-kwei Barker, Director, British Council, South India said: “The British Council is pleased to partner with the British High Commission on The GREAT Debate 2015. This initiative aims to celebrate the rich history of debating in India and facilitates informed discussions amongst the student communities. This is a wonderful opportunity for Indian students to showcase their in-depth knowledge, communication skills and eloquence on a wide range of topics. We heard some very interesting and diverse perspectives today from some of the brightest students in Tamil Nadu. We would like to congratulate the winning team and wish them all the best for the grand finale in New Delhi.”
This year’s theme is based on the forthcoming 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare which will be celebrated across the world. A number of this year’s debating topics will be inspired by moral dilemmas found in Shakespeare’s works and adapted to reflect modern themes. The topic of the final debate at Chennai finals was, ‘This house believes that crimes of passion can never be justified’.
British Council, the Chevening Scholarships programme, Virgin Atlantic, Premier Explore and Luxury Hotels Group are partnering with the British High Commission to organise the GREAT Debate 2015.
For more information please contact:
Rajeswari.PradeepKumar@in.britishcouncil.org / 8939831780
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