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VoW-Mantrana: Debating on another level

In its fifth pan-India edition Valley of Words, Lit fest in collaboration with Mantrana Debating Society of DAV (P.G.) College, Dehradun will be organising its second season of online  “VoW-Mantrana Debate Championship, 2021.”

Running in its third edition this year, VoW and Mantrana Debating Society are broadening the scope of the competition by opening up participation to universities and colleges across India, free of cost. The initiative inculcates the art of perfecting public speaking, especially among  the youth.

The online competition will be held in four rounds, each with a distinct style of debating.  The first round of the competition i.e. the preliminary round started on the 10th of October, 2021.

Post the preliminary level elimination, there will be quarter-finals, semi-finals with four finalists making their way to the Grand finale to be held towards the third week of November in Dehradun. Judged by eminent panellists this annual feat i.e. VoW-Mantrana Debate Championship is gaining popularity with young students when it comes to professional-manned debating societies. Director Mantrana Debating Society Dr. Onima Sharma tells us, “In the first season the participation was restricted to Universities and Colleges of Dehradun. The mode of the second debate was offline. In the second season we gained access to participants from other states as well. I believe that the quality and quantity of participation, has both increased. We witnessed some amazing performances which were analytical and thorough with the research.”  Elaborating on what are the changes this year, Onima highlights, “This year the format is a bit different. We will be organising different forms of Debate eg. Turncoat, Speech and Conventional. We are sure this year too this Championship is going to be a grand success.”

The winner of the last year online VoW-Mantrana debate, Sundeep Krishnan says, “It gives me an immense sense of optimism in  the way this debate is conducted. This glorious debating society is all-together on another level. It is very professional. Everything is up-to-date and the topics are innovative which makes you dive into serious research. This year the legacy has to go forward and we look forward to an interesting line-up yet again.”

With a lot of prizes to be won, including trophies, cash prize and e-certificates for all participants, the competition gives young-minds a platform to exchange ideas and put their thoughts into words.

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