SOCIETIES - THE PUBLIC SPEAKING SOCIETY
The English Debating Society is an egalitarian society dedicated to intellectual growth and public speaking. With our tradition of excellence and our renewed commitment to lending new direction to the form of debating, we seek to create a dynamic committee of debaters where the focus is not so much on winning but on an all-round development and experience.

It is with this vision in mind that our plans for the year are a combination of tradition and innovation. While we shall continue with our traditional events such as the Inter-Freshers’ Debate, the Murlidhar Memorial Debate and Tashi; we shall also experiment with new forms and concepts of debating – particularly at the intra-college level. In the year 2004, the English debating society in association with other members organized the first Model United Nations regional conference on the issue of HIV Aids. This year we seek to create more such platforms to encourage the college community to participate, to debate and discuss, issues that concern us.

Our prospective plans include a bi-lingual debate in association with the Hindi Debating Society as well as more interaction with the Creative Writing and the Elocution societies within the college. We also plan to conduct workshops on parliamentary style debating as well as on public speaking.

The ability to articulate one’s thoughts and opinions well can be an enriching and empowering experience for an individual. We are deeply conscious of our role in nurturing and facilitating this experience to the best of our abilities.

English Debating Society
President : Shaily Saluja
Secretary: Urmi Tat
Staff Advisors: Veena Ravi Kumar, Anjana Singh
Hindi Debating Society
President: Supreet
Secretary:
Staff Advisors: Kanchan Verma
MUN
Coordinator: Prerana Bhagi
Staff Advisors: Siddharth Tripathi
Elocution  
Coordinator: Natalia Khanijo
Staff Advisors: Subi Chaturvedi
Interface  
Coordinator: Alankrita Narang, Kanchi Malhotra, Arushi Chugh, Vaishali Anil
Staff Advisors: Rukhsana Shroff, Maya Joshi


Activities 2012-2013

Interface is an interactive forum for students across disciplines. It has acted as a great medium for debates and discussions. It’s a platform for different perspectives to be analysed and critiqued. In the past, we have dealt with a wide plethora of issues, both political and social and hope to grow further.

Interface in collaboration with VAPP, organized a discussion session with Dr. Anjali Bhardwaj, LSR Alumna and Founder of Satark Nagrik Sanghatan and Mr. Nikhil Dey, MKSS activist on the issue of “Lokpal Bill and the Alternatives”. Following this talk, Interface organized two student discussions to read the different drafts of the Lokpal Bill.

Ms. Vinita Bali, MD and CEO of Britannia Industries was invited to hold an interactive session with students on “Corporate Social Responsibility”. Award winning documentary Dilli directed by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh was screened. The documentary takes a look at the plight of economically weaker sections of society forced to relocate to the outskirts, as a result of Delhi’s beautification drive for the Commonwealth Games.

Interface brought together students from various disciplines to participate in the Lady Shri Ram College and Ohio Wesleyan Academic programme titled ‘Gandhi Today: Perspectives and Possibilities’. Following the videoconferencing sessions with OWU, seven students from the University visited LSR, to engage with Gandhi and his ideas from a multitude of perspectives. There were six academic sessions that included: An activity-based session on Gandhi’s texts Hind Swaraj and My Experiments with Truth with Dr. Savyasaachi, a session on “Gandhi, Ecology and Developmentality” with Dr. Aseem Srivastava, noted environmental economist and academician and Dr. Divya Misra, LSR faculty member, Department of Economics, a session on “Gandhi as the Psychoanalyst of the Nation” with Ms. Diana Cherian LSR faculty member, Department of Psychology, a session on “Peace and Reconciliation with reference to The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal” with Dr. Manjri Sewak from WISCOMP, a session on “Gandhi and the Food Question” with Dr. Anjali Bhatia, LSR faculty member, Department of Sociology and a concluding session on “Gandhi and the Practices and Politics of Visual Representation” with Dr. Vinay Lal from the University of California, Los Angeles.

In addition to these academic engagements, there were community work initiatives organized by the National Service Scheme, a dance workshop facilitated by Mr. Marin Leggat, faculty from Ohio Wesleyan, and a trip to places of direct historical relevance to Mahatma Gandhi, facilitated by well known historian Ms. Biba Sobti.

In addition to this, Interface has also been able to elicit active discussions and debates among the student body with the help of their online presence on Facebook.

The English Debating Wing, Public Speaking Society won many accolades in Conventional and Parliamentary debating. Apart from participating in numerous inter-college debates a number of training workshops were also conducted. In the National Election Commission Debate, at the Epiphany debate at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC), and at the Quest Economics Debate, DCAC Syeda Asia was declared Best Speaker. She continued her winning streak at Dharohar DCAC where she was judged the Second Best Speaker. In St, Stephen’s College the LSR team comprising Syeda Asia and Vanshika Singh was placed second and Vanshika Singh won the prize for the Best Interjector. The same team was also a finalist at the debate at Faculty of Management Studies. At the Carpediem Debate, Faculty of Management Studies Syeda Asia was again judged the Best Speaker.

At the debate held at Jesus and Mary College, Syeda Asia was awarded the prize for the Second Best Speaker while the Best Interjector was Vanshika Singh. At Gargi College, the team comprising of Syeda Asia and Vanshika Singh was awarded the Best Team and the Best Speaker prize went to Vanshika Singh. She was also placed second Best Speaker and Best Interjector at Gargi College Political Science Debate. At IIPM, the Best Speaker was once again Vanshika Singh.

At the Equipoise Debate in LSR the Second Best Speaker was Vanshika Singh. At IP College the Best Interjector prize went to Vanshika Singh. At the Hindu College the Best Team award went to Manavi Jain and Arpita Raj. At College of Business Studies the Third Best Team was Manavi Jain and Shaily Saluja. At the Times Now Youth Debate Vanshika Singh and Syeda Asia qualified as panelists. At the IIT Delhi Parliamentary Debate the Finalist Team comprised of Vanshika Singh, Shivangi Gupta and Syeda Asia. The same team was also a semi- finalist in JDMC.

At the KMC Fresher’s Debate the semi-finalist Team comprised Shivani Sindhwani, Mrinalini and Vandinika Shukla. The finalist adjudicator was Ridhi Vaid. In Sri Venkateshwara College the quarter-finalist Team comprised Taanya Kapoor, Sarah Zia and Ridhi Vaid. At the IP College Parliamentary Debate the quarter-finalist adjudicator was Ira Regmi and the Second Best Adjudicator was Sourya Donkada. At the OASIS Parliamentary Debate, BITS Pilani and at the BITS QED Debate the Second Best Adjudicator was Sourya Donkada. In Ramjas College the quarter-finalist adjudicator was Sourya Donkada. At the debate in KMC the quarter-finalist adjudicator was Ridhi Vaid.

The Hindi Debating Wing of the Public Speaking Society of the College began the session by organizing the freshers' orientation and freshers debate competition.

For the first time, the society organized mock sessions to introduce freshers to the Hindi Parliamentary Debating format. A two hour long workshop on Parliamentary Debate was conducted by eminent speakers from Jamia Milia Islamia and the Delhi University.

During TARANG 2012 Hindi Aashu Bhashan Pratiyogita and Hindi Vad Vivad Pratoyogita were organized and students from DU as well as other universities like the Amity University and Jamia Milia Islamia participated in impressive numbers. In the Lady Shri Ram Varshik Rashtriya Sansadiya Vad Vivad Pratiyogita-2012, around 15 teams participated and the tournament was won by the team comprising of Arti (South Campus) and Dheeraj (Hansraj College).

Naincy and Shagun Sinha represented the college at the Hindi Literary events held at OASIS'11, the annual cultural fest of BITS,Pilani. Shagun won the first prize in Hindi Poem recitation competition- Voice A Verse while the team performed very well in many other informal events. The same team participated, among the 28 participating teams, in the most awaited 21st Narendra Singh Pradhan Memorial National Hindi Parliamentary Debate Competition held at Kirori Mal College, DU from 17th to 20th February 2012 and qualified for the quarter finals. The two also represented the College at SRCC Extempore Speech Competition held on 17th January 2012 where Naincy was awarded first position. They participated in the SRCC Conventional Debate competition as well. Sonam, Priyanka and Naincy participated in the Inter College Parliamentary debate held at Motilal Nehru College where Naincy reached the Semi-finals. Shashi Pandey participated in the Bilingual Elocution competition and Bilingual Debate competition organized by the LSR Department of Elementary Education during SEHAR 2012 , the annual fest of the department. She won the third prize in the Elocution competition and the second prize in the Debate competition.

Members of the society participated in inter college events at Gargi, Kirori Mal, AIIMS and Sri Venkateswara College.

Model United Nations (MUN)

The MUN society was highly active during the academic year 2011–12. Members participated in a plethora of activities and brought laurels to the college.

Training sessions were organized throughout the year to familiarize members with MUN procedures, resolution making and research. In addition, mock MUNs and mock MUN crisi simulation were conducted.

Shirin Gupta , Sara Suri, Saumya Bhardwaj attended the Harvard Model United Nations that was held in Mumbai. Prithvi Chauhan represented India along with 6 other students at the Global Model United Nations held in South Korea, which was organized by the United Nations Department for Public Information with Mr. Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the UN at this conference and Prerna Bhagi attended the WEMUNC as the Assistant Director at Beijing. 

Saachi Sharma was selected for the York MUN as the chair of the Arab League. Aditi Agarwal was selected to Chair the General Assembly II at Rome MUN 2012.

The LSR team performed well at the prestigious Harvard Model United Nations. A major achievement was the win of Syeda Asia at HNMUN who got a scholarship from the US Department of State for the MBA Finance Program at Harvard Business School on the basis of her MUN performance.

The LSR MUN 2012 had very good participation in terms of highly experienced delegates and a very experienced executive board. With an organizing committee of 110 students from LSR along with 10 USG’s and 1 Secretary General the LSR MUN team pulled off a great highly successful event.

Elocution Society

The year began with the Fresher’s competition that saw overwhelming participation. The winners were- Natallia, Mrinalini and Divyanshi. The Reena Sandhu Memorial Elocution Competition was held very successfully during TARANG. The event saw great participation from various colleges across Delhi. The winner of this prestigious event was Niharika Kapoor. The Elocution Society remained active throughout the year by encouraging students to participate in public speaking and also providing them with a platform for the same. It presented an assembly on the theme ‘Not Giving Up!’. Akansha Sinha presented a poem and Sonali Misra shared her piece ‘Because No One Else Will’.

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