NAMSAI: The Arunachal University of Studies (AUS), Namsai emerged as winner of the zonal level debate competition (Eastern) of the Chief Minister’s Running Trophy, held at the Mahabodhi Lord Buddha College here on Monday.
Debating on the topic, ‘Trial by media is fair in democracy,’ the AUS Namsai will be competing in the ‘Annual Debate Competition’ for the Chief Minister’s Running Trophy, scheduled for 16 November on the occasion of the National Press Day at Itanagar.
AUS’ Khimhun spoke for the motion and Jishma N Nair spoke against it.
The team from Indira Gandhi Government College (IGGC), Tezu was adjudged as the runner-up, with Prakriti Yum speaking for the motion and Sangi Tayang speaking against the motion.
Attending the programme as chief guest, Namsai Deputy Commissioner Dr Tapashya Raghav called for conducting such competitions in all colleges and universities annually.
“Such healthy debates encourage learning about other aspects of the world, and students should start acquiring knowledge beyond their prescribed syllabus,” she said.
Also noting that reading habit has gone down among students, she urged on everyone to inculcate the habit of reading and grow as individuals.
PGT Mathematics of Government Higher Secondary School, Chongkham and moderator of the debate, SK Nair emphasized on the constructive role of media in the 21st century.
Students of Mahabodhi Lord Buddha College, Namsai, VU Bethany College, Namsai and the Jomin Tayeng Government Model Degree College, Roing also gave in their best efforts and insights into the topic of debate.
Namsai Superintendent of Police Ankit Singh, Circle Officer Oyam Saring and All India Radio (Tezu) Transmission Executive Gopal Rai judged the debate competition.
The winners were awarded with cash incentives, certificates and trophies. All participants also received certificates.
The zonal competition is part of the state level Chief Minister’s Running Trophy, organized annually by the Arunachal Press Club, Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists, and Arunachal Electronic Media Association, in collaboration with the state department of Information and Public Relations.
The western zone debate competition will be held on 5 November at the Don Bosco Youth Centre, Itanagar.