Patiala will host the UK’s premier debating competition in India, the “Great Britain Debate”, on Tuesday 17 January….reports Asian Lite News

British Deputy High Commission Logo
British Deputy High Commission Logo

Thapar University will host the debate, organised by the British Deputy High Commission Chandigarh.  The topic of the Debate will be “India’s young population is its biggest advantage over its competitors”.

The event aims to celebrate and encourage debating prowess and offers an opportunity for informed discussion amongst the student fraternity.

British Deputy High Commissioner Chandigarh, David Lelliott, said “For the last two years we have held the Great Britain Debate in Chandigarh, and it has been a big success, so I’m very pleased we are able to follow that up by bringing it to Patiala. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the UK and India’s shared tradition of lively, reasoned debate and our close educational ties. And of course to strengthen our links with universities across Northwest India, including our friends at Thapar University who have been excellent partners. We’ve seen a very high quality of debate in previous years and I’m looking forward to more of the same.”

Organized by the British High Commission network in India, the Great Britain Debate competition is the biggest since its conception. In its fourth edition, the competition will be organized in eight cities – Indore, Vishakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Dehradun, Jaipur and Patiala.

The debate is being organized in association with Chevening Scholarships. Chevening is the British Government’s flagship global scholarship and fellowship programme, funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and partner organizations. The India programme is the largest Chevening country programme in the world, funding 130 scholarships for future Indian leaders.

Last year’s Great Britain Debate in Chandigarh was won by Thapar University.



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