In continuance with the pandemic norms, the 31st edition of the Oliphant Memorial Inter-School Debate was held virtually on 3 and 4 September, 2021 with sixteen teams vying for the Winner's Trophy.
The British Parliamentary format was followed and the three Preliminary Rounds, two Semi-Final Rounds and the Final Round were conducted over the two days. The topics contested in the Preliminary Rounds were 'THS the rising trend in isolationist tendencies of countries', 'THW nationalize social media', 'TH celebrates liberalization of the Indian Economy in 1991'.
The Semi-final Rounds were contested by eight teams, namely, The Emerald Heights International School, La Martiniere College, Lucknow, The Scindia School, Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun, Mayo College, MGD Girls' School, Vivek High School and Welham Boys' School on 'THW grant sentient AI natural rights'. Viraj Thakur from Vivek High School was adjudged the best speaker in the preliminary round.
The topic for the Final Debate was 'THBT protective parents do more harm than good' and Vivek High School lifted the Winner's trophy and The Emerald Heights International School was declared the 1st Runners Up team. Sahebya Rai from Vivek High School was declared the Best Speaker.
Mrs Sangeeta Kain, the Principal of the Welham Boys' School complimented the brilliant standard of debating witnessed over two days. She also congratulated all the participants for engaging so well with complex social, political, technical and ethical issues. The seamless transition of the debate from offline to online format also shows us that we must adapt to changing times and continue our march from Strength to Strength.