Guidelines for Debate Competition

Guidelines for Debate Competition at Branch/Regional Councils

1. Branch Level Contest
The Branches shall initiate the process by inviting one student each from 15 to 20 different schools, falling within their respective jurisdiction, to the Debate Competition. However, if the number of schools likely to participate in the competition is less say 8 to 10, then the branches may consider inviting two participants from each school.
The invitations should be sent on Regional Council/ Branch letter head. The brochures will be sent to each branch by the office for sending alongwith the invitations to the schools.
Students of class XI and XII would be eligible to participate. Schools may be requested to get the participants enrolled in advance. The branch will decide one topic for debate competition in their jurisdiction and the same will be intimated to all the schools while sending the invitation.
For this purpose, the Regional Offices in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Kanpur shall also be treated as Branches and therefore, the Chairman of the concerned region, in coordination with the Chairman of the Students’ Association, may also organise a similar contest at the Regional Office. Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi with wider geographical coverage would be divided into four zones and each zone would be treated separately equivalent to a branch for the purpose of conducting branch level round. Thus one student shall be invited from 15 to 20 different schools falling within each separate zone to the Debate Competition. However, if the number of schools likely to participate in the competition is less say 8 to 10 then it may consider inviting two participants from each school in each zone.
The Regional Offices of Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi will also be sent brochures for sending invitations to the schools. Kanpur with lesser membership base, at par with many branches will not be treated separately. Thus one student each shall be invited from 15 to 20 different schools falling within Kanpur jurisdiction. However, if the number of schools likely to participate in the competition is less say 8 to 10, then two participants from each school may be invited.
In case the date of Branch level contest is informed well in time, the Career Counselling Committee shall release announcements on the website of the Institute.
(i) Medium of Debate would be English or Hindi. Students will be allowed to speak for up to 6 minutes on the chosen topic(s). There shall be a warning bell after 5 minutes and student should complete within next one minute.
(ii) The debate shall be evaluated by a panel of three judges. Amongst the judges, one shall be a senior Chartered Accountant, the second shall be an academician and the third shall be an eminent personality from industry / bureaucracy.
(iii) The following criteria shall be taken into account while evaluating the performance of the participants:

Content: knowledge and depth 50 marks
Presentation:
(i) style and delivery 10 marks
(ii) capacity to engage the attention of the audience 10 marks
Language:
(i) Lucidity 10 marks
(ii) Precision 10 marks
Adhering to the time schedule: 10 marks
Total 100 marks

Shield and Certificates will be awarded to the winner and the two runners-up at the concluding ceremony, to be organized on the same day.
Each Branch or Kanpur region as a branch, shall select one winner to participate in the Regional Level Contest. The Regional Offices of Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi shall select four winners  one from each zone to participate at the Regional level contest. Two Runners-up of each city/zone shall not participate in the Regional level contest. It is suggested that the competition should be conducted in August-September.
2. Regional Level Contest
It shall be conducted on the basis of the list of winners forwarded by the Branches and the Regional Office. One winner from each city and four zonal winners from Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai will be contesting at the regional level contest.
The Regional level competition shall be held in Mumbai, Chennai, Kanpur, Kolkata & Delhi. The venue can be changed in case it is considered desirable to hold the contest at any other city. The competition shall be conducted by the respective Regional Councils of the Institute. The date and venue shall be intimated to each eligible participant and cost of travel etc. will be reimbursed by the Regional Council. It is suggested that the competition should be conducted in November-December.
The guidelines for conducting the contest will be the same as stated in Points (i)  (iii) of Branch Level Contest, namely,
(i) Medium of Debate would be English or Hindi. Students will be allowed to speak for up to 6 minutes on the chosen topics. There shall be a warning bell after 5 minutes and student should complete within next one minute.
(ii) The debate shall be evaluated by a panel of three judges. Amongst the judges, one shall be a senior Chartered Accountant, second shall be an academician and third shall be eminent personality from industry/bureaucracy.
(iii) The following criteria shall be taken into account while evaluating the performance of the participants:

Content: knowledge and depth 50 marks
Presentation:
(i) style and delivery 10 marks
(ii) capacity to engage the attention of the audience 10 marks
Language:
(i) Lucidity 10 marks
(ii) Precision 10 marks
Adhering to the time schedule: 10 marks
Total 100 marks

One winner, first runner-up and the second runner-up shall be selected for each regional competition. Shield and Certificates shall be awarded to them at the concluding ceremony to be organized on the same day.
Suggested Topics:
Suggested topics will be communicated to the Branches/Regions by the Career Counselling Committee.
Chief Guest
A Chief Guest may also be invited to the contests. The Chief Guest should be a person of repute in public life such as a Minister, Member of Parliament, Member of Legislative Assembly, a senior bureaucrat or an eminent personality from the industry/bureaucracy.
Audience
Audience shall comprise of teachers and students from the school, CA students, chartered accountants, parents of the students, members of the public, as may be appropriate, and any celebrity.
Participants to the Contest
Students of class XI and XII of respective schools shall be eligible to participate in the contest.
Prizes and Certificates
Shields and Certificates shall be awarded to the winners and runners-up for all the three levels. To maintain the uniformity, shields and Certificates shall be provided by the Career Counselling Committee. The branches and regions conducting the programme should requisition the shields and certificates well in advance.
Accommodation
Students shall have to make own arrangements for their stay at places where the contests will be held. Wherever possible, the office may assist in arranging reasonable accommodation for the participants at economical rates.
Publicity
The branches/regions should give widest publicity to the competition among the schools in their cities. Publicity material will be provided by the Career Counselling Committee. Further, in order to give additional publicity for the Regional and Branch level contests, it is requested to provide full details to the Career Counselling Committee well in advance so that the same could be hosted on the website.
The organization of Branch and Regional Level Competitions should be the responsibility of the concerned Branch/Regional Council. While organizing the Competition, local Council Member(s), local Member(s) of the Regional Councils as well as Branches be also informed of the event.

Modifications

The aforesaid scheme can be modified, altered or abandoned at any time. All decisions about the scheme shall be at the sole description of Career Counselling Committee and binding on all. Nobody shall have any right or claim whatsoever against the Career Counselling Committee or the Institute