The MSRIT Literary & Debating Society (LDS) is among the most prolific and well-recognized debating societies in the country. Specializing in Parliamentary debating, it is ranked 4th at the All-Asian level. MSRIT Debating teams perform consistently at the top at many National and International Parliamentary Debating tournaments. Most recently, their novice team was crowned Champion at the National Law School Debate ’08.
To commemorate the Birth Anniversary of their founder, Late Dr. MS Ramaiah, the MSRIT LDS organized the Dr. MS Ramaiah Memorial Debate, a national-level intercollegiate Parliamentary Debating Tournament. The tournament was brought together the best and the newest teams from around the country, including top teams from the Asian level. “The primary aim behind organizing the tournament was to introduce Parliamentary Debating to Engineering Colleges in the country, especially those from Karnataka. Presently, only a handful of engineering colleges in the state have active Parliamentary Debating teams.” said Aniket Despande, coordinator of the event.
Parliamentary Debating (PD), unlike the usual general debating, is more exciting, and closely follows the type of debates that the House of Commons has. Debates in Parliamentary Debating involve two teams, which debate on a topic, called a “motion”. The emphasis is on matter, argumentation and logic, and less emphasis is given to oratory. This leads to more audience-centric and spontaneous debates. “This is the first time we were organizing an event of this kind and his was new territory for us. But we knew where to focus on especially with quality adjudicators. The turnout was much more than expected.” said Skanda Prasad, a member of the literary and debating society.
In 2008, the MSRIT Parliamentary Debating team was seeded 4th out of 66 participating teams from across the continent (the highest seeded Engineering college), at the All Asian Inter-Varsity Debating Championships, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Most recently, the team was crowned Champion at the National Law School Debate ’08. LDS Members also participate in other events, such as General Debates, Model United Nations, and other literary activities.
The pride of such a society lies in its quality adjudicators. Their adjudication core is an optimal mix of debating, adjudicating and tabbing experience. They oversee all matters relating to judge allocation and tabbing at the tournament. With the likes of Ravi Kaushik Rajagopal, Prithvi S Acharya and Uttara Gharpura adjudicating the event, it was much sought after among city colleges as teams thronged to participate.
This debating society has in their kitty truckloads of accomplishments to boast of. From being quarter finalists in the 15th All Asian inter-varsity debating championship in Dhaka last May, being ranked 5th in the GIKI Parliamentary debate in Lahore to being the second best ranked Asian team ranking ahead of many International teams including the London School of Economics, this team has surely come a long way in their attempt to introduce Parliamentary debate full-fledged here in India.