BCG Inter-School Debate Competition

CounterAct - The BCG Inter-School Debate Competition was held on the 27th of August 2016 at Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya, Malad.  Teams consisted of 4 students from class 9. Teams were given 2 ½ hours and internet facility to prepare for the debate.
The brief given to each team was that the Central Government of India had acquired some land they needed to decide which Ministry is most deserving of the land. Each team represented a different Ministry and they were required to present their case about why the land should be given to them for their project.
The names of the Ministry’s were:

  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare- Medical Centre (represented by Veer Bhagat Singh Vidyalaya)
  • Ministry for Social Justice and Empowerment – Retirement Township (represented by Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya, Borivali)
  • Ministry for Agriculture – Research & Development (Agriculture) (represented by Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya, Malad)
  • Ministry for Human Resource Development – Institution for Technical and Vocational Education (represented by Bombay Cambridge School, Andheri West)
  • Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports – Sports Complex and Training Centre (represented by Bombay Cambridge School, Andheri East)

The winning team was Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya, Malad.

The team members were Ashish Tripathi, Dhruv Rambhia, Tanu Shetty and Vaishnavi Iyer.


Judges for the Event

Royston Braganza: Royston is a much sought after speaker and in the past couple of weeks was invited to speak at the G8 impact summit in Lisbon and the Asian Civil Society event in Thailand. He is also a motivational speaker and works a lot with youth including being a part of a unique mentoring program called Take Charge. Now as chief executive officer of Mumbai-based Grameen Capital India Ltd., an investment bank focused on helping microfinance institutions connect with capital markets and raise funds, Mr. Braganza is on the front line promoting microfinance as a sustainable way to eradicate poverty.

Sapna Bajaj Sawant: She teaches spoken English, elocution, and debating. She also has experience with the world of media, having worked for almost 10 years as a print journalist, which includes a stint with Times of India, and then working in television, working in both the US and India. She has produced both serials and news-based programmes.
Sapna has been conducting creative writing classes in Mumbai for the past 13 years for children and adults, under the banner, Write Right.

Divya Bhatia: Divya is an experienced, versatile and independent arts professional who has had, and continues to, have his hand in many pies! He has worked extensively in theatre and music in India and overseas, as director, producer, actor and consultant. We will have time to touch on just a little part of his work.
Currently, Divya is the Festival Director of Jodhpur RIFF, an international roots music festival. In addition, Divya is also the Strategy Consultant at the G5A, Mumbai, a foundation that runs a café-theatre space with extensive community engagement.
Outside of this, Divya has been an Artistic Consultant and Workshop facilitator in the Corporate, Education and Non-Profit sectors for over 20 years. He is deeply passionate about developing human potential and the use and application of the arts in civil society. He has been conducting numerous arts-based development workshops for young people across schools and venues in Mumbai city since 2004.

Click here to view a sample of our prize winning trophy for Student CounterAct.