The Arunachal University of Studies (AUS), Namsai, emerged as the winner of the zonal level debate competition (Eastern) of the Chief Minister’s Running Trophy, held at the Mahabodhi Lord Buddha College in Namsai on Monday. Debating on the topic ‘Trial by Media is Fair in Democracy,’ the AUS will be competing in the ‘Annual Debate Competition’ for the Chief Minister’s Running Trophy scheduled for November 16 next on the occasion of the National Press Day at Itanagar.
AUS’ Minsam 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 the chief guest, the Namsai Deputy Commissioner (DC), 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. The Mathematics teacher of Government Higher Secondary School, Chongkham and moderator of the debate, SK Nair, emphasised 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 put in their best efforts and insights into the topic of debate. The zonal competition is part of the State-level Chief Minister’s Running Trophy, organised 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 November 5 next at the Don Bosco Youth Centre, Itanagar.