Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cicero's Challenge- The Great Indian Debate Competition By IIPM...

IIPM is India's premier business school. IIPM has come a long way since its inception three decades back in 1973. What was conceived as an institute to study and conduct research on the management of national economic planning , has today been deemed as one of the largest academic movement of the country-The IIPM Movement. IIPM, being one of the leading management institutes in the country paves the path for the generation of today to excel and be the best leaders of today. IIPM does not only focus on academic development but also has always been paving the way for one's overall improvement and encouragement of each student to explore and boost their abilities keeping pace with a dynamic business environment. IIPM organises various sporting and extracurricular activities in its campus over the years. One of the important event being the Great Debate Competition known as the Cicero's challenge. Cicero was an orator,statesman, political theorist,lawyer and a philosopher of ancient Rome. He is considered by many to be amongst the greatest of Latin orators and prose writers and this mega event is dedicated to this great maestro.

Cicero's challenge aims at bringing the students of different nationalities together on a common platform to share their thoughts , views and perspectives.

IIPM has been organising India's largest inter-school debate competition -Cicero's Challenge at the IIPM international campus, Satbari from 2006 onwards. In 2006, it was the first time ever an initiative was taken by a b school to create a platform for a school level debate competition in the city. IIPM, New Delhi organizes Cicero's challenge every year to encourage young minds meet and ideate.

Last year in 2010, over 150 schools participated in this event. Students from countries like sri lanka, singapore, turkey, dubai, mauritius, pakistan, south africa, france and many more, flew in to be a part of this historic event. To judge the Great Indian Debate competition we had Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri (Hony. Dean, IIPM), Rajat Sharma (CEO and Editor in chief, India TV), Deepika Jindal (owner of Art d inox), Sulajja Motwani (MD, Kinetic Engineering Ltd.), as our honorable judges.

The events platter at Cicero's also included events like 360 degrees,face painting,choreography,Ad Mad and many more. Live performance by Fuzon, kept the audience awestruck.

The first prize was cash amount of Rs. One lakh. Cicero challenge 2010 was one of the most memorable and blissful event of the year. The magnitude of the event was humungous as it involved participation of more than 60 schools, out of which 19 were international. The huge pool of knowledge raised the level of enthusiasm and confidence of the participants and made the environment all the more interesting and captivating. There were more than 150 participants from different International and National schools, however only top 23 reached the Grand Finale on 6th September2010, and the competition was tough and exciting.

IIPM known for its innovative initiatives and this was one of them which had carved for paying a common platform for students from different walks of life. Cicero's 2010, had left an unremarkable and unforgettable memory in everyone's life.

The Real essence of Cicero’s Carnival 2011 was its flagship event Cicero’s Challenge-The Great Indian Debate Competition. The topic for the final round held on 6th May 2011 was “Thinkers, Not Doers, Spearhead a Revolution”.

The final round was a nail biting event for the audience and a task for the judges, Mrs Preeti Surekha (Director – Emami), Mr Pooran Pandey (Director – Times Foundation) and our beloved dean, Mr Arindam Chaudhuri, to judge and fish out 3 winners from a pool of talent. However, after a close scrutiny and long discussion, Harshi Kher of Ryan International School, vasant kunj aced the Cicero’s Challenge title and walked away with cash prize of 1, 00,000/- rupees along with NXI notebook and Hercules Rodeo Bicycle while the other awardees Venu prea (Montfort School) and Mallika Kamal (Modern School, Vasant Vihar) received cash prize of 50,000/- and 25,000/-along with NXI i-pad, NXI optical mouse and Hercules Rodeo bicycle .


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