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The Debating Society of Shri Ram College of Commerce hosted the 5th Ernst and Young SRCC Debating Festival 2010 in association with Titan and styled by Uni Style Image from 6th to 9th February at the college premises amid increased fanfare and excitement. The festival is the biggest of its kind in India and is the only festival dedicated to debating, having more than 4 different types of debates namely the conventional debate, parliamentary debate, turncoat and the group discussion. Over the years it has become one of the most prestigious debates with more than 40 colleges from all over India participating.
Crossfire, the parliamentary styled debate saw more than 45 teams battling it out for the top slot. There were 5 qualifying rounds after which 8 teams made it to the knock out phase. The motions were based on various themes like a time set on international relations, lifestyle, gender and privacy, law and economics. The finals saw a duel between Hindu College and Ramjas debating on the motion “This house believes that evidence obtained illegally should be admissible in court” with Hindu College emerging victorious. The Hindu team consisted of Kabir Nanda, Rhea Chatterjee and Mehak while the Ramjas team was made up of Siddharth Thyagarajan, Aanchal Kapoor and Karandeep.
The finals of the 33th Shri Ram Memorial Conventional Debate was judged by Kapil Arora, Partner with the Advisory Services of Ernst & Young, and Shishir Sinha, Senior journalist CNBC Awaaz. Only 5 teams made it to the final round, the motion debated being ‘this house believes capitalism will kill itself”. Urvashi Gupta of SRCC won the best speaker while Danvir Suri and Ananya Kotia of Hansraj won the best team.
Renegade was the turncoat debate. A turncoat debate is one in which the speaker first speaks in favour of the motion assigned to him and then against it. Every speaker got a different motion. Pranay Bhatia of IIT Bombay won the best speaker award and the second best speaker was awarded to Danvir Suri of Hansraj College.
The event knowledge partner Alchemist conducted Synergy-the group discussion. Kunal of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Sciences (NMIMS), Mumbai won the GD while Urvashi Gupta from SRCC was adjudged the second best speaker.
The winners of the various events were given cash prices along with Titan watches.

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