The British Council will be kick-starting its sixth year of National Schools’ Debate Programme, Debating Matters India, on July 10.
Each Indian school can register one debate team, consisting of four to six members, along with a debate coordinator teacher before the online elimination stage, which is the first of the three stages of the competition. After this, the 12 shortlisted schools from each region will get a seeding based on their performance in the OET. The next stage will be the regional finals to be held in Chennai on September 25. The winners at each regional final will secure a place in the National Finals for which they will have to travel to Delhi. Eight schools from each regional finalists will participate in the two-day residential National Finals to be held in New Delhi on November 29 and 30, which is the final stage of the competition.
The teams can log on to www.britishcouncil.org.in/debatingmattersindia/ for registration,which starts on July 10. The online elimination test will be open till August 10, 2013. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 044-42050600.