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Ashoka University wins the Delhi round of the GREAT Debate 2015

The GREAT Debate is a unique opportunity to celebrate the UK and India’s shared culture of vibrant discussion and debate.

Fifteen Universities from across New Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh battled it out in the GREAT Debate Competitions’ Delhi round held today at the Sri Venketeshwara College. Aditya Khemka and Isherjeet Singh from the Ashoka University emerged as the winners who will represent New Delhi in the grand finale of the GREAT Debate Competition that will be held in January 2016.

Aditya Khemka, winner of the Delhi round of the GREAT Debate said:

It was a brilliant experience and a unique style of debating which is perhaps prevalent in the United Kingdom. It gave us an exposure to a new style and allowed us to test our skills as well. As I gear myself up for the grand finale, I hope to make a mark for my University – Ashoka, on the map of India. It is definitely going to be a tough competition but one that we are surely looking forward to.

Isherjeet Singh, winner of the Delhi round of the GREAT Debate said:

The format and style of the GREAT Debate was different and I enjoyed it a lot. This is one of the best debating competitions that I have participated in. I am very excited and pleased that we have secured a place for Ashoka University in the grand finale of the GREAT Debate competition. The level of debates at the grand finale will be very high. If we win, we stand an opportunity to visit the United Kingdom.

The GREAT Debate is a unique opportunity to celebrate the UK and India’s shared culture of vibrant discussion and debate. Organised by the British High Commission, the GREAT Debate competition this year is the biggest since its conception. In its third edition, the competition is being organised in ten cities – Bhubaneswar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Jaipur.

The winning team from the regional debate competition heats will participate in the grand finale. The winning team from the national finals will be offered a week- long study tour to the UK, which will include visits to historical sites, academic institutions and cultural events, as well as meetings with British students.

British Council, the Chevening Scholarships programme, Virgin Atlantic, Premier Explore and Luxury Hotels Group are partnering with the British High Commission to organise the GREAT Debate 2015.

Further Information:

  • about GREAT Debate: The GREAT Debate is a unique opportunity to celebrate the UK and India’s shared culture of vibrant discussion and debate. British Deputy High Commission and British Council are jointly organising the GREAT Debate. The participants of the debate are students below 23 years of age as on 31.12.2015.
  • Flickr photo gallery of the GREAT Debate

For more information please visit:

Stuart Adam, Head,
Press and Communications
British High Commission, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110021
Tel: 44192100; Fax: 24192411

Mail to: Sakthy.Edamaruku

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