GNLU Debating Society

The GNLU Debating Society, one of the most active societies at the University, started in the year 2009 with an aim to promote, train and provide a platform for a debating culture among the students of GNLU. The Society consists of around 40 students who are selected annually, who collaborate to conduct debates, train other young debaters and logistically facilitate debating at GNLU.

The Society conducts sessions primarily in two forms styles – the Asian Parliamentary style and the British Parliamentary style. The Society meets twice a week and conducts debates on varied range of topics from culture, history, politics, current affairs, law, sports and music. This not only inculcates the art of speaking within students, but also instils a culture of healthy discussion. The topics discussed further engage students in reading more and being well-informed.

Another primary function of the Society is to conduct debate windows, which serve as the platform for selection of students to represent the University in various debate tournaments held in India and abroad.

Recently, inspired by the Oxford Union and Cambridge Union Debates, the Society has also launched ‘The GNLU Open Debate’ – a platform for alumni, public speakers, faculty members and students both from within GNLU and outside to come together to debate a pressing issue. The unique format encourages various questions from the audience, making it an interactive space for the exchange of ideas. The second edition of the GNLU Open Debate is slated to take place in September 2019.

The GNLU Debate, 2019

The GNLU Debate is the annual British Parliamentary Debate Tournament organized by the Debating Society. The very first edition of the debate in 2013 witnessed remarkable participation from over thirty universities across the country which was previously unheard of for any inter-varsity inaugural debate. It was almost instantaneously recognized for its quality of debate and adjudication, hospitality, punctuality and reach. The GNLU Debate offers its participants an outstanding chance to develop skills and confidence in public speaking, thoughtful argumentation and analytical problem solving, and is not restricted to current university students in lieu of being an open tournament.

The Debating Society has strived to ensure that the quality of the Debate is progressively better with each edition. It boasts of exceptional core adjudicator teams in its previous editions. Since its inception, The GNLU Debate has broadened its scope by attracting pan-Indian as well as international participation. Recognised international debating icons were a part of the adjudication core during the previous editions, increasing the competency and competitiveness of the tournament.

The seventh edition of the GNLU Debate is scheduled to be held from 31 August to 02 September, 2019. With the introduction of subsidized adjudication, and an adjudication core consisting of a brilliant pool of debaters from India and abroad, the tournament expects a footfall of over three hundred people and promises to surpass its previous editions and set a high standard for other university debates as well.

The Debating Society of GNLU is looking forward to your participation in 'The GNLU Debate 2019'. To register for the debate, you can use the following link:

The registration fees for the tournament is Rs. 2500 with accommodation, and Rs. 2000 without accommodation.

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Debate Committee Members:

Convenor: Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Choudhary

Member: Ms. Pratima Dube

Member:Dr. Anant Deogaonkar

Student Office Bearers:
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