As students from some of the top schools in the city got together to voice their opinions on ‘Do we learn more outside classrooms?’ at the Landmark inter-school debate, in Landmark, Citicentre on Friday, the competition was intense and the ideas refreshing.
The proposition tried to validate its stand with arguments like “One learns throughout life, you learn till you die and your tombstone becomes your diploma.” However, the opposition took the audience by surprise by redefining the word “classroom” and contextualising it in this day and age.
The rebuttal session was well coordinated by moderator Sanjay Pinto, executive editor, NDTV-Hindu. Judges for the event, Anu George Canjanathoppil, (Legal Director, International Justice Mission), Shakti Girish (Editor- Gallata Cinema) and Shihan Hussaini (Martial arts expert) admitted to having a tough time trying to pick the best out of the lot.
The team from PS Senior Secondary School represented by Manasvini Mukund and B Barath was elected the best. The three best speakers were Kaustub N from PSBB KK Nagar, Abhinav L from Don Bosco Egmore and Sushmita Mohan from PSBB Senior Secondary School.
The adjudicators gave a judges’ special mention award to S Shreya from Bhavans Rajaji Vidyashram and the moderator’s special mention award to Navneet Bhattad and Anirudh Dalmia, both students of Lady Andal Venkatasubba Rao School.
Seven teams from this talented group have made it to the semi-finals.