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Debating Society, IIT Kharagpur
Activities Parliamentary Debate, Model United Nations
Founded 2009 (2009)
Founder(s)
  • Sumeet Mohanty
Number of members 30
Website www.facebook.com/kgpdebsoc
Contact
  • +91 787 284 1662 (Ayushi Mrigen)
  • +91 787 268 5355 (Surya Chakrabarti)
Under TSG Yes
References: [1][2]

The Debating Society, IIT Kharagpur, abbreviated as DebSoc, is IIT Kharagpur's competitive debate organization. It participates with consistent success in Parliamentary Debates and Model United Nations across the world, and has organised the IIT Kharagpur Model United Nations Conference every year since 2012.

Campus events and tournaments[edit]

Selection process[edit]

The Debating Society is always looking for smart, enthusiastic debaters, and takes in new members all year round. There is no restriction on year of study, and members have joined as late as 4th year. However, to provide more structured training, and to spread awareness, it holds Fresher Selections and Senior Selections at the beginning of the year. This is followed by a training workshop, which lasts about a month, where newcomers to parliamentary debating are taught various facets and nuances of structured argumentation.

Regular activities[edit]

The Debating Society tries to meet at least two times a week for practice sessions. These are usually conducted in the foyer of the Main Building, with multiple debates often happening around the place. University-level competitive debates have two preeminent formats - the 3v3 Asians Parliamentary Debate, and the British Parliamentary Debate , which has four teams of two in a single debate.

In addition to foyer debates, it participates in national and international debating competitions all year round. Members choose their own teams or decide to adjudicate. Participating at many high quality tournaments is regarded as the way to excel, and members are supported by the society for things like getting permissions from professors, and reimbursement of expenses.

Other events conducted include the Intra-KGP Debate Tournament, the IIT Kharagpur Model UN Conference, and the Foundation Day debates.

History[edit]

Debating Society member Sanat Mehrotra conducting the freshers' workshop on 18 August 2013.

KGP Debate Club[edit]

Although students have been arguing at IIT Kharagpur for over half a century, the activity was only institutionalized in 2009 as a part of the 'KGP Debate Club'. It was founded by Sumeet Mohanty (BT '11), and started as a loose affiliate of the Technology Literary Society (TLS). The KGP Debate Club began its activities on campus as an active interest group and marked IIT Kharagpur's entry into competitive parliamentary debating. Membership was not exclusive - meetings and debates were open to all, and were held in the institute foyer. There were only a handful of members in the Autumn of 2009 and almost all the early recruits were from TLS. The NLSPD 2009 in Bangalore was the first tournament at which the KGP Debate Club represented IIT Kharagpur. This was followed by participation at NUJSPD 2010 by a team of freshers. The Debate Club held its first open selections prior to this tournament, and all the participants for the tournament were selected here. [2]

Incorporation as a Gymkhana society[edit]

In Autumn, 2010, the KGP Debate Club was formalized as a full-fledged Gymkhana society independent of the TLS. The first governors were Achyut Bihani (BT '12), Shikha Singh (MA '13) and Anand Kr (CS '12).

Early in the the Autumn of 2011, the number of governors was increased to four, and the KGP Debate Club was rechristened as 'Debating Society, IIT Kharagpur'. Two of the Governors - Adarsh Mathew and Prashanth Durai - commissioned a logo for the society, and it was created by Avik Dey. In the same semester, the Debating Society and Spring Fest agreed to jointly conduct IIT Kharagpur's first-ever Model United Nations Conference. Thus, IIT Kharagpur Model United Nations Conference was founded with Prashanth Durai as the first Secretary-General. [2]

List of governors[edit]

  • 2010: Achyut Bihani (BT '12); Anand Kr (CS '12); Shikha Singh (MA '13)
  • 2011: Adarsh Mathew (IM '14); Arpan Ahuja (MF '14); Piyush Bagaria (EC '13); Prashanth Durai (CY '14)
  • 2012: Bibhuti Bhushan (BT '14); Sanat Mehrotra (EC '14); Shreeja Datta (EC '15); Sourya Dey (EE '14)
  • 2013: Amrit Anand (EC '16); Shushman Choudhury (CS '15); Vikrant Varma (CS '16); Vivek Aithal (AE '16)
  • 2014: Ankur Agarwal (GG '17); Manav Garg (AG '17); Sankalp Gourisaria (CH '17); Suprad Reddy (MI '16)
  • 2015: Ayushi Mrigen (MA '18), Chandra Has Dondapati (EC '17), Kunal Jain (IM '17), Surya Chakrabarti (ME '17)
  • 2016:  Aliya Jabbar (BT '19), Aradhana Kumar (CH '18), Gyan Darshan (BT '18), Ruchika Bhatia (HS '19).
  • 2017: Prajwal Singhania (CS '20), Rohit Roy (BT '19), Rohit Sar (MF '19), Chandar Siddharth (MA '20).

Achievements[edit]

Year Tournament name Organising institution Location Tournament format Team members Achievement
2010 IIT Guwahati PD IIT Guwahati Guwahati, Assam Asian parliamentary Adarsh Mathew, Arpan Ahuja, Piyush Bagaria Semi-Finalists
2012 KSOL PD KIIT School Of Law Bhubhaneshwar, Orissa Asian parliamentary Manav Garg, Suprad Reddy, Vinit Hase Quarter-Finalists
2012 KSOL PD KIIT School Of Law Bhubhaneshwar, Orissa Asian parliamentary Amrit Anand, Manish Advani, Sanat Mehrotra Quarter-Finalists
2012 KSOL PD KIIT School Of Law Bhubhaneshwar, Orissa Asian parliamentary Arijit Patra, Karthik, Manpreet Singh Octo-Finalists
2012 KSOL PD KIIT School Of Law Bhubhaneshwar, Orissa Asian parliamentary Manav Garg 3rd Best Speaker
2012 IITD PD IIT Delhi Delhi Asian parliamentary Sanat Mehrotra, Shreeja Dutta, Sourya Dey Quarter-Finalists
2013 IITB Mood Indigo Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Mumbai, Maharashtra British parliamentary Rishi Mehta, Vivek Aithal Quarter-Finalists
2013 NITR PD National Institute of Technology, Rourkela Rourkela, Orissa Asian parliamentary Rishi Mehta, Vikrant Varma, Vivek Aithal Winners
2013 NITR PD National Institute of Technology, Rourkela Rourkela, Orissa Asian parliamentary Ankit Bhattacharjee, Yash Chandnani, Harsh Shah Quarter-finalists
2013 VITDT Vellore Institute of Technology Vellore, Tamil Nadu British parliamentary Adarsh Mathew, Vikrant Varma Finalists
2013 VITDT Vellore Institute of Technology Vellore, Tamil Nadu British parliamentary Sanat Mehrotra, Sankalp Gourisaria Quarter-Finalists
2013 NUJS PD National University of Juridical Sciences Kolkata, West Bengal Asian parliamentary Manav Garg Novice Finals Adjudicator
2013 IITD PD IIT Delhi Delhi Asian parliamentary Amrit Anand, Manish Advani, Shushman Chowdhary Octo-Finalists
2013 IITB Mood Indigo Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Mumbai, Maharashtra British parliamentary Manav Garg Best Adjudicator
2014 66th Mukarji Memorial Debate St. Stephen’s College New Delhi Modified Asian parliamentary Rishi Mehta, Vikrant Varma Semi-finalists
2014 Indian National Debate Championship Indian National Debate Council New Delhi Asian parliamentary Rishi Mehta, Vikrant Varma, Vivek Aithal Quarters
2014 MukMem ProAms St. Stephen’s College New Delhi Modified Asian parliamentary Kunal Jain, Vikrant Varma Quarter-finalists, top of tabs break, top of speaker tabs (Vikrant)
2014 NITR PD National Institute of Technology, Rourkela Rourkela, Orissa Asian parliamentary Manav Garg, Sudeshna Trilok, Suprad Reddy Winners
2014 NITR PD National Institute of Technology, Rourkela Rourkela, Orissa Asian parliamentary Ayushi Mrigen, Chandra Has Dondapati, Surya Chakrabarti Finalists
2014 NITR PD National Institute of Technology, Rourkela Rourkela, Orissa Asian parliamentary Amrit Anand Amresh, Shushman Choudhury, Vivek Aithal Semi-finalists
2014 NITR PD National Institute of Technology, Rourkela Rourkela, Orissa Asian parliamentary Naitik Jain Best Adjudicator
2014 NITR PD National Institute of Technology, Rourkela Rourkela, Orissa Asian parliamentary Prasad Fadke, Daivik Swarup, Anurag Kar Quarter Finalists
2014 NITR PD National Institute of Technology, Rourkela Rourkela, Orissa Asian parliamentary Manav Garg Best Speaker
2014 NUJS PD National University of Juridical Sciences Kolkata, West Bengal Asian parliamentary Rishi Mehta, Vikrant Varma, Vivek Aithal Pre-quarters
2014 JGLS PD Jindal Global Law School Sonipat, Haryana Asian parliamentary Manav Garg, Ankur Agarwal, Sankalp Gourisaria Finalists
2014 IITB Mood Indigo IV Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Mumbai, Maharashtra British parliamentary Naitik Jain Best Adjudicator
2014 IITB Mood Indigo IV Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Mumbai, Maharashtra British parliamentary Vivek Aithal, Rishi Mehta Finalists
2014 IITB Mood Indigo IV Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Mumbai, Maharashtra British parliamentary Ayushi Mrigen, Chandra Has Dondapati Quarter Finalists
2014 United Asian Debating Championship Nanyang Technological University Singapore Asian parliamentary Manav Garg Shadow adj core, Grand Finals adjudicator
2014 Kuala Lumpur Open Challenge Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia British parliamentary Manav Garg Invited adjudicator
2015 67th Mukarji Memorial Debate St. Stephen’s College New Delhi Modified Asian parliamentary Rishi Mehta, Vivek Aithal Pre-Quarters
2015 NUJS PD National University of Juridical Sciences Kolkata, West Bengal Asian parliamentary Rishi Mehta, Vikrant Varma, Vivek Aithal Pre-quarters
2015 NUJS PD National University of Juridical Sciences Kolkata, West Bengal Asian parliamentary Manav Garg, Ankur Agarwal, Sankalp Gourisaria Pre-quarters
2015 KSOL PD KIIT School Of Law Bhubhaneshwar, Orissa Asian parliamentary Vishal Chauhan, Shashwat Gangwal, Anurag Kar Semi Finalists
2015 KSOL PD KIIT School Of Law Bhubhaneshwar, Orissa Asian parliamentary Manav Garg Best Adjudicator
2015 KSOL PD KIIT School Of Law Bhubhaneshwar, Orissa Asian parliamentary Sudeshna Trilok Second Best Adjudicator
2015 Derozio Memorial Debate Presidency University Kolkata, West Bengal Asian parliamentary Manav Garg Best adjudicator
2015 Derozio Memorial Debate Presidency University Kolkata, West Bengal Asian parliamentary Aradhana Kumar, Aliya Jabbar, Ruchika Bhatia Octo-Finalists
2016 KSOL PD KIIT School Of Law Bhubhaneshwar,

Orissa

Asian parliamentary Aradhana Kumar, Aliya Jabbar, Ruchika Bhatia Semi Finalists
2016 KSOL PD KIIT School Of Law Bhubhaneshwar,

Orissa

Asian parliamentary Gyan Darshan, Vishal Chauhan, Shashwat Gangwal Quarter Finalists
2016 NITR PD National Institute of Technology, Rourkela Rourkela, Orissa Asian parliamentary Vivek Aithal, Vikrant Varma, Manav Garg Winners
2016 NITR PD National Institute of Technology, Rourkela Rourkela, Orissa Asian parliamentary Gyan Darshan, Vishal Chauhan, Ankit Bhattacharje Finalists
2017 NLUO PD National Law University Odisha, Cuttack Cuttack, Odisha British Parliamentary Manav Garg, Kunal Jain Winners
2017 Heritage PD Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata Kolkata, West Bengal Asian Parliamentary Suyash Ratna Tripathi, Vignesh Vishwanathan, David Vishal Novice-Category Winners

References[edit]

  1. Verified by Amrav on 2014-08-16.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Verified by whiplash on 2015-08-02.