Mangalore, Aug 2, 2014: The much awaited zonal level selection- Junior and Senior round of the Verbattle tenth edition- Karnataka’s biggest debate competition took place at Samruddhi Bhavan here on August 1st and 2nd. The Junior round kicked off on Friday with around 60 teams participating and 25 teams participating in the senior round from the Mangalore Zone.
From the junior round 22 teams have been shortlisted to go to the next level ’Verbattle Junior-Skirmish’ which is to be held in Bangalore in the third week of August. Out of the 25 teams participated in the senior round competition with a few rounds of interesting and well spoken debate sessions, a total of 14 teams were shortlisted to go to the next level which is the Verbattle Senior- Skirmish round on August 18 in Bangalore.
The participants belonged to the age group of 12-16 years studying in Std VIII to Std X.
The competition began with the Founder of the Verbattle Foundation and host of the event Deepak Thimaya talking about the event and the importance of a platform like Verbattle. “Verbattle is the only platform that gives students an opportunity to argue and defend their viewpoints in the most civilised way possible. Logic is a very important aspect in our lives because it helps one in smoothening out problems and brings about solution. To acquire such a logical stance people need to debate. Verbattle is a very real debate in the sense that the statements that are given to the participants and the format in which they go about the debate allows them to speak openly about the things that they believe in. It is definitely more of a conversational format which in turn helps students to use a conversational problem solving strategy in the future,” he said and also added that students don’t understand the importance of such events yet, referring to the poor turnout in the Senior round held in Mangalore.
Air India Station Manager Nagesh Shetty, SGPT First Grade College Assistant Professor and Mangalore University Syllabus Revision Committee Panelist Nagesh Rao and CEO of Indiana Hospital Mr Keshav Das were the judges.