The English Debating Society of Lady Shri Ram College is an egalitarian society dedicated to intellectual growth, thought provocation and public speaking. We seek to present a passionate debating environment on the foundations of free speech and critical thought and provide a politically and religiously neutral environment to discuss world issues. The society provides members and non-members an opportunity to indulge in intellectual discourse and acts as a platform for the emergence and fusion of diverse opinions.
President: Zehra Kazmi
General Secretary: Tanisha Ranjit
Staff Advisors : Dr. Veena Ravi Kumar, Mr. Jonathan Koshy, Ms. Suruchi SP
The society consists of three groups- Parliamentary Debate, Conventional Debate and Group Discussion. At the beginning of the year, students who wished to join the society were auditioned and slotted into one of these three groups for their training on the basis of their basic acumen and skills.
The Debating Society of LSR hosted the LSR –TASHI Conventional Debate on 12 January 2016. 17 teams from colleges across India such as St. Stephen’s, Hansraj, Ramjas, Faculty of Law and Jaypee Institute of Information Technology participated in this prestigious tournament and competed for the grand prize. The event revived the fervour of the Marxist ideology and discussed its relevance in modern times with the motion ‘This house believes that Marx was Right’. The aim of this motion was to not only explore the depths of Marx’s ideology but to also push the debaters to explore his less popular strains of thought, widening the scope of the debate to issues of politics, economics, religion, individualism or even feminism. The event elicited thought provoking debate and discussion on topics that shape the social and political fabric we live in, including riveting debates on Marxist theories and its veracity in contemporary times. The diverse panel of adjudicators comprised of Dr. Amir Ali, Centre for Political Studies, JNU, Dr. V.C Bhutani, former lecturer in the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi, and Dr. Rityusha Tiwari, Department of Political Science, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College. Cash prizes worth Rs. 30,000 were given to the winners. The event proved to be a fruitful one, as it promoted healthy discussion and deliberation and pushed individuals to think beyond conventional ideas.
Upholding it’s tradition, the Debating Society of LSR hosted its annual inter-college debating competition which attracted national level participation from teams across 50 reputed colleges in India such Vellore Institute of Technology, St. Xaviers’ College, Kolkata, Presidency College, Kolkata, Government Law College, Mumbai, St. Stephen’s College, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and Punjab University to name a few. Following the standard Asian Style Parliamentary Debate format the event spanned across four days and five preliminary rounds from 16 - 19 March 2016.
Motions and topics from diverse themes such as Politics, Feminism, Philosophy, International Relations and Ethics etc. were presented and debated vociferously amongst the participants.
Keeping in mind the changing definition of citizenship in modern times and the refugee crisis, the motion set for the final debate was ‘This House Believes that Citizenship should exclusively be based on place of Labour’. The total prize money for the tournament was worth a staggering 1, 21,000 rupees.
The LSR MUN Society is one of the most popular societies in LSR. MUNs are basically a simulation of the United Nations, whereby students take up different roles and responsibilities and act as delegates by representing a country in the UN and its subsidiary agencies. Our annual conference LSR MUN is organised every year around the month of March. Students from other schools and colleges from across the country are invited to participate.
Coordinator: Somya Sharma
Research Head: Sumridhi Kaur
Staff Advisors : Dr. Siddharth Tripathi, Ms.Vaishali Verma, Ms. Akanksha Singh, Ms.Nitika Ladda, Ms.Snehil Kacker
Society email - firstname.lastname@example.org
The MUN Society of LSR focuses on providing specialised training to its members and conducting regular mock sessions for members to practise and stay updated on current and international affairs.
A mock session on “Addressing the impact of global terrorism, its forms and means” was organised on 26 August 2015 in order to familiarise students about the functioning of a MUN conference.
In order to give students a comprehensive understanding of Model United Nations and their functioning, the society organised over 10 training sessions in the months of September and October 2015. Five committee specific sessions were organised on Security Council, Human Rights Council and General Assembly. In addition sessions on research, lobbying, rules of procedure, diplomacy and negotiation were organised for the members to introduce MUN terminology and procedures to the first year students. Important procedures for debate such as the General Speakers List, Moderated Caucuses, Unmoderated Caucuses, Motions and voting on the same, Points of Enquiry among others were explained in detail during these sessions.
The LSRMUN Society also organized Quorum, a mock session in collaboration with St Stephen’s College and Hindu College, to provide a platform to the members of the society to compete against other colleges to hone their skills.
The MUN Society collaborated with the Placement Cell and organised a talk on “Careers in Public Policy” by DU beat on 3rd March 2016 and another one by Feministaa on 10th March 2016.
The Lady Shri Ram College Model United Nations Conference 2016 of the society was organisedin collaboration with the UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan from 12-13 February 2016. The conference hosted over 200 students from different schools and colleges around the country and saw participation of various delegations from IIT Delhi,St. Stephen’s College, DTU, JMC, Miranda House, Ramjas College, ,Jaypee, KIIT Orissa, SRM Chennai, Motilal Nehru College, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, NSIT, Amity University, Delhi Public School, Ryan International School, Shri Ram School among several others.
In addition, the society hosted the facilitators of various committees such as the Security Council, Peace Building Commission, National Security Council (Indian Committee), General Assembly and Commission on Status of Women who were invited as Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Rapporteur to moderate the discussion and debate. These committees discussed issues specific to their mandate such as ‘The question of refugees in Mediterranean crisis’, ‘Effectiveness of peace enforcement’, ‘Situation from 1962 to 1980’, ‘Women in Development’ and ‘The effects of armed conflicts on International agreements, treaties and conventions’.
The International Press which consisted of 12 participants who were Journalists and Photographers from and outside LSR, covered the entire event and published newsletters on the content of debate going in the committees.
In this academic year, members of the society won over 55 individual awards including Best Delegate, High Commendation and Special Mention awards, held over 30 Executive Board positions and held positions in the International Press at over 10 MUNs.The students also received the Best College Delegation prize at two prestigious conferences- the JMC MUN and at Miranda House- ZENITH MUN and won two trophies for the same.
Vaktritva, the Hindi Debating society of LSR is well -known for its vigorous participation and achievements in conventional and parliamentary debates, mock parliaments, extempore etc, in colleges throughout Delhi. It is a platform which offers its members a space to develop their debating skills along with polishing the qualities of those members who have already been in the field of debating. Thus the motto of Vaktritva, ‘ Humara aadhar Vani aur Vichaar ’ aims to develop a rational, empirical and informed vision within its members along with the qualities of organization of ideas and presentation of thought.
Vaktritva’s journey in 2015 began with its formal and informal orientation in July. The orientation of the society not just helped build a rapport between the society and the fresh talent awaiting it, but also provided a platform to introduce the agenda of Vaktritva to the enthusiastic freshers. Soon auditions took place and the society welcomed its fresh talent. Gladly, the new entrants turned out to be very enthusiastic and active, eager to take part in the various proceedings of the society.
Many society members, especially first years, participated in a number of debates in 2015 and brought several laurels to the college. Monika and Akansha participated in Venkateshwara College freshers’ debate, where Monika won the best speaker award. They also participated in Manthan, the inter department debate competition conducted by Vaktritva in association with the department of Elementary Education, where they got the best team prize. This team also went on to attend Kirori Mal freshers’ debate, where they qualified for the quarter finals.
Neha Dayma and Priya Yadav participated in the Hindu College freshers’ debate along with Anjali Singh and Shruti Jurgad participating in ‘Vagmi’- the annual debate hosted by Hindu College. There was also an in house debate conducted the PNB, where Yamini secured the third best speaker and Monika, the fourth. Apart from these debates, Vaktritva members, participated in several other debates, enhancing their experience and broadening their knowledge base.
In the year 2015 Vaktritva organized two intra-college debates. The first debate was the inter department debate, Manthan, where different departments of the college competed with each other. The Political Science Department and the History Department bagged the first and second prizes respectively. Second was a bilingual intra-college debate competition organized by the collaboration of PNB, English and Hindi Debating Societies. We also organized one enriching talk in collaboration with the Hindi Creative Writing Society. This talk was by Dr. Alpana Mishra, on the topic ‘Rachnatmakta aur iske Aayam’.
Therefore, Vaktritva successfully achieved its objective of establishing a platform for the emergence and improvement of debating skills among its members. The combined efforts of the faculty advisors and all student members has created a distinct identity for Vaktritva, within and outside LSR, ‘Kyoki hum sirf bolte nahi bolti band bhi karte hai’.
President: Anandita Singh Bhada
Dr. Sarika Karla, Dr. Darshana Dhawal, Dr. Renu Gautam, Dr. Pankaj K. Jha