The Alliance Moot Court Committee (AMCC) organised an Intra University Debate Competition for Alliance School of Law. A total of 41 students battled it out to emerge as leaders in the debate competition. The opening ceremony of the event took place in the presence of Dr. Punith Cariappa, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Administration & Affairs), Alliance University and Dr. Kiran Gardner, Dean, Alliance School of Law.
Faculty members from the School of Law and School of Liberal Arts evaluated the debates presented by the student participants. The panel of judges comprised of:
- Puja Srivastava
- Rashmi K S
- Sunil Kumar
- Vishal Babasaheb Ran aware
- Upankar Chutia
- Chakravarthy Naik
- Gyanshree Dutta
- Dunia Prince Zongwe
- Sumant Kumar
The competition started with 41 students who pitched against each other on the first day, with each session chaired by a judge. Both the sides were given five minutes each to speak including rebuttal. The second day had eight students competing in the semi-final round. In finals, 4 finalists were selected and both sides were given six minutes each to speak including rebuttal.
The Intra University Debate Competition came to a close with addresses from Dr. Kiran Gardner, Dean, Alliance School of Law, who encouraged students to participate in such competition and by School of Law faculty members: Prof. Shubhi Trivedi and Prof. Ashish Pathak. Dr. Arindam Das, Ph.D. Program Director, Alliance School of Liberal Arts was the chief guest of the valedictory event. Dr. Arindam pointed out the importance of learning the art of debating for law students and how it can benefit them in their future career.
The winners were declared and felicitated during the closing ceremony:
- Shelika Laller of B.A. LL. B. Hons. (2019-24) won the Intra University Debate Competition
- Rishabh Arya of B.A. LL. B. Hons. (2020-25) was declared the first runner-up
- Pranav Deepankar Kethineni of B.B.A. LL. B. Hons. (2019-24) as the second runner-up; and
- Neeharika Ramprakash of B.A. LL. B. Hons. (2019-24) as the third runner-up
Such competitions are a huge encouragement to students, especially the ones getting prepared for the legal practice. One of the biggest takeaways of the competition was exposure to argumentative skills to the future generations of lawyers.
The participants were very enthusiastic throughout the competition and received positive review from judges for their debating skills. The suggestions which were given by the judges were positive as well as pointed out the areas for students to improve.