English Debating Society

About the Society/History:

Rhetorque is the English Debating society of Janki Devi Memorial College. It became quite active from 2004 under the guidance of Ms Rita Sinha, who also gave the society its current name. The Society witnesses participation from students of various departments. It hosts multiple events throughout the year, encouraging students to share their opinions in a spirited debating atmosphere. Furthermore, regular meetings are held where members discuss a wide range of important issues related to national and international politics and culture.

Name of the Convenors: Dr. Namita Sethi, Ms. Grace Suparna, Ms. Ruchi Kalita

Student Office Bearers:

President- Shruti Chawla, B.Com. (Hons.) II Year

Vice-President- Samriddhi Hooda, B.A. (Hons.) Political Science II Year

General Secretary- Nandita, B.A. (Hons.) Political Science II Year

Treasurer- Ritigya Malik, B.A. (Hons.) English II Year

Inter-College Declamation Contest Report

The Library, Janki Devi Memorial College, and Rhetorque, the English Debating Society, organized a Declamation Contest on 22nd September 2021 on the occasion of the JDMC Library Festival. It was an Inter-College Declamation Competition and students from various colleges participated in it. The program was conducted online via Zoom. The students were given a choice between three topics:-

  1. Digitalization of Library Resources leads to Greater Access to Knowledge
  2. Online Teaching Deprives the Economically Disadvantaged of Access to Education
  3. Digital Resources Cannot Replace Library Visits

The event was judged by Dr. Raj Kumar Bhardwaj and Mr. Samiran G.Ghissing. The event was also joined by Prof. Swati Pal, Principal of JDMC, who shared with participants and the audience the effective way to speak and made them understand the essence of the declamation contest. Dr. Nivedita Sharma, Librarian, JDMC gave valuable tips to participants and also spoke about the Library Festival.

Dr. Raj Kumar Bhardwaj is the Librarian at St Stephen's College, University of Delhi. He is an eminent academic with many national and international publications to his credit. He has researched and published widely in the areas of Institutional repositories, online legal information system, open access, legal reference service, e-learning, scientometrics and digital library design and development. He has an MCA and a Masters in Library Sciences degree, which he followed up with M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees. His expertise on 'Open Access and Law' and on 'Building Digital Libraries' is well known and reflected in his paper presentations.

Samiran G. Ghissing teaches in the English Department of Janki Devi Memorial College. He has completed his B.A., M.A. and M.Phil. degrees from the University of Delhi. Coming from an interdisciplinary background of philosophy, sociology and literature, his publication and research interests reflect the same, i.e, in Trauma Studies, Memory Studies, Literary Food Studies, Material Culture Studies and Anthropology of Dreams in Shamanism.

After a wonderful and highly spirited session where participants delivered their speech about the topics in a very thoughtful and analyzed manner, the judges gave valuable suggestions and feedback to participants about areas where students can improve their skills and the mode of representing and structuring their opinions in their speech. The conveners, Dr. Namita Sethi, Ms. Grace Suparna and Ms. Ruchi Kalita, also gave valuable tips to participants for streamlining their speech, ways to express their views wholeheartedly and time management.

The winners of the Declamation Contest were as follows:

  • First Prize: Priyanshi Verma, Maitreyi College, University of Delhi
  • Second Prize: Deepak Sharma, DAV PG College, Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Dehradun
  • Third Prize: Shreya Singh, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi

Inter College Deglamation Contest

Date: 22 September 2021

Time: 10 a.m.

Platform: ZOOM

Login Time:

(For participants) 9:00 AM, (For audience) 9:45 AM

Declamation Contest

Rhetorque - The English Debating Society of Janki Devi Memorial College organized a Declamation Contest on August 13, 2021, from 12:00 PM as a part of the celebration of 75 years of India�s Independence - Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav. It was an intra-college contest and the event was conducted on Zoom. The event witnessed participation from students from various departments of the college. The participants were given a choice between two topics - 'The Representation of Military in Indian Cinema: a Manifestation of Patriotism' and 'The Legitimacy of Forceful Protests in Democracy'.

The contest was judged by Ms. Gorvika Rao and Mr. Tarun Sharma. The event was also joined by Prof. Swati Pal, Principal of JDMC, who shared with the participants the significance of the topics used for the contest.

Ms. Gorvika Rao is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Miranda House, Delhi University. She has received her M.Phil. degree and M.A. in English from the University of Delhi. Her areas of interest are Dalit Studies, Gender Studies, Cyber Studies, Graphic Studies, and Drama. She has received certificates from Yale, US Santa Cruz, and JNU. She is a member of the Indian Association of Women Studies and the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society. She has presented many papers and has an interest in interdisciplinarity. She also manages Celluloid, the Miranda House Film Society.

Mr. Tarun Sharma teaches at the Department of English, JDMC. He has received his M.Phil. degree and M.A. in English from the University of Delhi. His areas of research and interest include Urdu poetry, Sufism, and Indian Literature.

After a spirited session where the participants gave their varied interpretation of both topics, the winners of the declamation contest were announced by the judges. The first prize was won by Bushra Qureshi of B.A. Hons. History, IInd year. While Taniya of B.A. Hons. Political Science, IInd year, and Khushi Nayna of B.A. Hons. History, IInd year, secured the second and third prizes respectively.

The judges also gave valuable feedback and tips for improving oratory skills and structuring of arguments and opinions to the participants. The conveners Dr. Namita Sethi, Ms. Grace Suparna and Ms. Ruchi Kalita also shared important tips for the participants regarding time management, language fluency and public speaking.

FRESHERS' DEBATE, January 2021

Rhetorque, the English Debating Society, held its Annual Freshers� Debate Competition, in online mode, on January 21, 2021. The Society used its own Zoom handle and generated much excitement among the members as well as the participants and audience who were first year students eagerly awaiting the competition.

The competitors were given a choice between two motions:

a) This house believes that political humour is an unfair basis for any corrective legal action.

b) This house regrets the 'memefication' of sadness.

The event was judged by Mr Tarun Sharma, Associate Professor of English and Ms Muskan Grover, an avid debater and ex core team-member of the Debating Society.

A total of 17 students put forth their arguments with great rigour. The first prize was won by Saumya Vig, B.A. Hons Economics. Purvika Bhambhani, of B.A. Hons. Sociology bagged the second prize, Deepanshi, B.Com. Prog., won the third prize and Aditi Singh, B.A. Hons. Philosophy, was adjudged the Best Interjector. The judges for the event were Ms. Muskaan Grover, a former office bearer of the Society and Mr. Tarun Sharma, Assistant Professor, English Department. The judges gave valuable advice to all the speakers at the end of the event. Attractive prizes and Certificates were awarded to the winners.



Patron: Prof. Swati Pal (Principal, JDMC)

Co-ordinators of the Programme:

Rhetorque - Dr Namita Sethi, Ms Grace Superna & Ms Ruchi Kalita

Abhivyakti - Dr Sudha Upadhyaya & Dr Rajani Bala Anuragi

Student Co-ordinators: Samridhi, Arshiya, Jyotsna, Divya, Vanshika & Sanskriti

As part of the Vigilance Awareness Week, from 27 October to 2nd November (this year), a virtual bi-lingual webinar and an online bi-lingual debate was organized on Nov 2nd, 2020, by Janki Devi Memorial College and its two societies: Rhetorque, the English Debating Society and Abhivyakti, the Hindi Debating Society. This year the event was organized in compliance with the directives of the UGC, for the Central Vigilance Commission, whose overall theme for this year was: �Vigilant India, Prosperous India�, �Satark Bharat, Samarth Bharat�. The event was well publicized by the Students� Union, the two societies and the Staff Advisors.

A key sub-theme was identified to give focus to the main theme: to explore the scope of the Right to Information Act as a tool to address corruption. To this effect, two speakers were invited to enlighten the students and faculty about aspects of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

The Principal and the two speakers along with the judges were welcomed by Dr Namita Sethi and the Principal addressed the audience. She led the integrity pledge and conducted it in Hindi, followed by in English as about 50 participants of the event, repeated the pledge after her. She spoke about various aspects of the pledge that was undertaken and also about the true meaning of integrity.

The first speaker Mr Venkatesh Nayak, an advocate of transparency and the recipient of the Best RTI Activist award, given by the Anti-Corruption Academy in 2018, spoke to the students on the topic: �RTI as a Citizen�s Tool to Fight Corruption�. He made use of his considerable experience as someone who has trained about 7600 government officers in various jurisdictions, as an advisor to PSUs for implementing RTI and as someone who advises the general public for free about the access to and the applications of RTI. He took students� questions patiently and graciously judged the ensuing debate as well.

The second speaker, Ms Chander Nigam, an activist and advocate, spoke on the subject: �Soochna ka Adhikar, Kitna Asardar�. She was introduced by Ms Divya Garg of Abhivyakti. This presentation too educated the audience about the applications and limitations governing RTI. Ms Nigam critiqued privatisation as in her opinion, it inhibits the efficacy of RTI.

The discussion following the two talks was succeeded by the bi-lingual debate, whose rules were introduced by the student conveners of both societies. The online session was hosted by Ms Ruchi Kalita, Dr Sethi and other conveners. Ms Grace Suparna announced details about the prizes.

There were two topics and students had the choice to speak in Hindi or English, and to speak for or against the topic, and to answer interjections: all this made for a very stimulating session. The motions of the Debate were:

1. RTI is an effective tool to address corruption/ RTI bhrashtachaar unmoolan ka prabhavi madhyam hai

2. This house believes that corruption has become an intrinsic part of citizens� daily lives and can�t be sidestepped effectively/Bhrashtachaar hamaare Jeevan ka abhinn ang ban chuka hai; isse bachna mushkil hai.

The event was judged by Mr Venkatesh Nayak and Mr Tarun Sharma, Asst. Professor, English Dept., JDMC. Both the judges congratulated the participants and offered valuable guidance. The winners of this Intra-College Debate were:

1st Prize: Aditi Mrinal

2nd Prize: Divya Garg

3rd Prize (tie): Sheetal Kumar and Vironica

Best Interjector: Vironica

The winners stand to receive cash prizes and certificates.

A vote of thanks was offered. The event sparked a stimulating discussion and was very well received. The challenges of organizing the event online (at short notice) were successfully overcome and the Vigilance event was a great success.


Discussion on Rape and After: Law(lessness)

On 9 October 2020, Rhetorque, the English Debating Society of Janki Devi Memorial College, conducted a discussion with the renowned lawyer, Ms. Rekha Aggarwal on Rape and After: Law(lessness). This session was the first of a planned series of discussions on various significant topics of contemporary times which will be held throughout the year. This discussion focused on the topic of rape and its aftermath and rape laws and their implementation with a special reference to the Hathras case. The Hathras case once again brought to the fore a discussion of the rape culture prevalent in India and the complicated web of legality surrounding rape.

Ms. Aggarwal enrolled as an advocate in 1987 in Delhi and has been appearing before the District Court, High Court, Supreme Court of India and various Consumer Courts, particularly National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC). She has dealt with all sorts of Civil and Criminal litigation and has a keen interest in issues related to the welfare of Children, Women and Specially Abled persons. She has appeared on various TV channels and has also contributed articles in various magazines. She is also a member of various ICCs (Internal Complaint Committees) formed under the Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment Act. She is a trained Mediator of the Delhi High Court Mediation and Conciliation Centre. She also has a special interest in consumer affairs, and is one of the Founder Members of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) Bar Association, New Delhi. Currently, she is the President of the NCDRC Bar Association.

The Principal began the discussion by sharing her opinion and welcoming the speaker and was followed by Ms. Aggarwal who defined rape in legal terms and how the definition was modified after the infamous Nirbhaya case. She also provided information about various rape prevention laws and provisions like POSCO Act and Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code. Ms. Aggarwal also discussed how the punishment of the perpetrator depends on the age of the victim.

The session was quite informative and was further enriched by the presence of participants from across DU and included both faculty and students. There were 80 participants who asked various important and thought-provoking questions related to marital rape, protection of rights of the LGBTQIA+ community and cyber bullying.


Rhetorque: The English Debating Society of JDMC, in collaboration with the National Textile Corporation Limited and the Central Vigilance Commission, organised an Intra- College Conventional Debate Competition on 24October, 2019 to celebrate the Vigilance Awareness Week. JDMC has been hosting this event in collaboration with NTC for a few years now. The theme chosen by the National Vigilance Commission for this year is "Integrity: A Way of Life." Keeping this theme in mind, Rhetorqueorganised a Conventional Debate offering the participants a choice between two motions:

'This house believes that in present times ethics and integrity have become dispensable' and

'This house believes that conventionality is not morality'.

The judges for the event were: SidharthKavadia, Startup Management and Communications Consultant and Personality Development Trainer and Jaya Yadav, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Janki Devi Memorial College. The event kick started with potted plants being handed over as a token of appreciation to the judges. The Principal outlined the importance of integrity in our personal and professional lives and administered the Integrity Pledge in both English and Hindi. The Integrity Pledge was forwarded to the NSS students and the administrative office as well, underlining how serious the commitment of college is to issues of national and moral import. The Principal encouraged the participants who debated eloquently.

While the judges were finalising the list of winners, the NTC team conducted a fun quiz about the Vigilance Commission and its objectives. This event too, saw enthusiastic participation and the participants enjoyed the chocolates given out as a prize for each correct answer.

The winners of the debate competition were announced by the judges, both of whom gave valuable feedback and tips for improving oratory and presentation to the participants.

Ritigya Malik secured the first position, while the second and third positions were bagged by Vironica and Arshiya Mahajan respectively. The interjection award was given to Sanskriti Jain and Vanshika Bhambri. All the winners received certificates and exciting gifts. All the participants were also given participation certificates.

The Principal, the Conveners Dr Sethi, Ms Suparna and Ms Kalita, the judges and the organising student committee posed for pictures with the winners. All the participants enjoyed light refreshments provided by the NTC. The event was both educational and enjoyable, and reaffirmed the readiness of Rhetorque students to dedicate themselves to the national cause.


Ritigya Malik, First Prize Winner of the Vigilance Debate Competition Organised by Rhetorque in Association with NTC on 24 October 2019, with the Principal, Judges and Members of the NTC.


This year Rhetorque conducted the Annual Conventional Freshers Debate Competition in two rounds.The first round of the competition took place on 17 September2019, 12 PM onwards in the Committee Room. The motion of the house was 'This house regrets the glorification of revolutions in history textbooks'. The first round saw massive participation from the freshers across departments.Rushika Rabha, an alumnus of the society, and Muskaan Grover from B.A. (H) Political Science IIIYear, were the judges for this round. After a long day of witnessing fantastic debates, eight students were shortlisted for the second round.

The second round took place on 21September 2019, 12 PM onwards in the Committee Room. Ms Ruchika Bhatia from the Department of English, Janki Devi Memorial College and Surbhi Arora, a Rhetorque alumnus, were the judges for this round. The motion for the second round was 'This house will oblige all the production units to cast actors accurately to their character's identity in their artwork'. It was contested eloquently from both the sides. The first prize was secured by Sanskriti Jain; Chandrika Tomar won the second prize while Roshni Uppal received the third prize.The event was a huge success because of the massive turnout and varied perspectives brought forth by the engaging debaters.


Rhetorque: The English Debating Society, in collaboration with the Hindi Debating Society, Abhivyakti organised a bilingual Intra College Declamation Competition on 14 August2019 to celebrate Independence Day. The topics of the house were 'My Idea of Nationalism' and 'Revoking of Article 370'. The competition was held in the Seminar Hall and saw enthusiastic participation from students.

Dr. Namita Pandey and Dr. Kumar, Associate Professors from Sri Venkateswara College and Dyal Singh College respectively, were the judges of the competition. The event began with potted plants being handed over as a token of appreciation to the judges. The speeches were eloquently delivered by the participants, in both Hindi and English. The Principal, Dr. Swati Pal,addressed the participants and audience and gave them valuable advice and encouraged them to keep participating in competitions.

Anshikawon the first prize, while Aditi Mrinal and Muskaan Grover received the second and the third prize respectively. Versha Soni received a special mention. All the winners received certificates and cash prizes, and the judges addressed the house to conclude the competition.


Rhetorque: The English DebatingSociety conducted the auditions for the 2019-2020 session in two rounds. The first round was held on 8August 2019, which saw a massive turnout. The second round took place on 19August 2019. The Society has been holding regular meetings since then and have been training the new students in the various forms of debate.

RHETORQUE: The English Debating Society (2018 - 2019)

Convenors: Dr. Namita Sethi, Ms. Grace Suparna and Ms. Ruchi Kalita

Rhetorque, the English Debating Society of Janki Devi Memorial College, saw a very eventful and exciting year.

Society Activities:

The society held its auditions on 30 July 2018 and saw a wide turnout. The Fresher's Debate was held on 29 August 2018 on the topic: "Fake News is Injurious to Democracy". Apart from the prizes, the freshers were grateful for the candid and useful advice given by the two judges: Ms Rita Sinha and Dr RupalekhaKhullar. The first and second prizes were won by Mehak Jain and ManviGehlot respectively. VanshikaBhambri got the best interjector prize.

A workshop was held on 6 October 2018, conducted by Mr. Sahib Singh, a renowned orator of the Delhi-NCR debating circuit. He discussed conventional debating and its approaches along with the structure of the debate. Moreover, he used many examples and shared his experiences to make the session interesting. The session was quite engaging and illuminating as the members of the society also shared their experiences in debating and interacted with the speaker.

As part of the Vigilance Awareness Week 2018, the society in association with the National Textile Corporation Limited, organised a Debate and Quiz on 31 October 2018. The Principal, Dr Swati Pal, read out the Integrity Pledge.The debate was based on the Vigilance motto of "BhrashtachaarMitaao, Naya Bharat Banao" i.e. "EradicateCorruption - Build a New India". In keeping with this theme students spoke for and against the topic: "Media Exposure is the Best Way to Fight Corruption". The students debated the pros and cons of various forms of media intervention and their role in addressing corruption with interjections from students and the judges. The judges, Ms Rita Sinhaand Dr RupalekhaKhullar, offered valuable advice and insights to the students. The first prize was awarded to Shruti Tiwari, the second to Muskaan Grover and the third prize was won byRamyaa Grover. The best interjector prize was won by Nikita.The Quiz was designed on the pattern of the KBC TV show with a focus on Vigilance concerns and was very educational in the insights it offered about the functioning of the Central Vigilance Commission and related issues. The team from NTCL included Mr. N. K. Srivastava, Manager (Vigilance), ShriBrij Mohan, Mr Akshay Pandey, among other members, who helped organise the event.

Jabberwocky, the Turncoat Debate, was held in the Library on 9 January 2019, the second day of Symphony. It saw enthusiastic participation of students from various colleges. Turncoat debate allows speakers to speak both for and against a topic which was given on the spot and chosen through lots. Topics ranging from caste based politics, the Sabarimala issue, breast feeding in public to questions of free will and of tolerance were covered. There was also a special segment of discussion on Sikkim, under the initiative "Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat" to discuss the integration of Sikkim and issues of contemporary importance. Ms Anupama Sainiand Dr Jitender Gilljudged the event and offered valuable insights to the speakers.The first prize was won by Oishin from Maitreyi College, the second by Simran from Hansraj College and the third by Vartika from Dyal Singh (Morning) College. The best interjector prize was bagged by Shreyasi from LSR College.

Axiom 2019 was held from 23 to 25 February 2019 and it was a great success witnessing participation from over 200 students. Axiom 2019, unlike its previous editions that followed a group knockout format, was a 3V3 Asian Parliamentary Debate. The 32 teams were judged by over 90 adjudicators who also competed for the best adjudicator prize. Pritika Datta and Gaurika Sood were the core adjudicators who providedinteresting motions for debate. Team KMC (Rohan, Vrinda and Vijeeth) won the finals against Team CBS (Ajatshatru, Avantika and Jatin). Anusuiya from LSR was announced as the best adjudicator for the tournament while Savinay from Hindu won the second best adjudicator prize.

Finally, the society also organised a Seminar on How to Crack UPSC by Khan Study Group where the guest speaker was Utpal Sannyashi,an ex-student of KSG who had cleared UPSC (Indian Foreign Service, 2018, All India Rank � 76). The seminar was held on 9 March 2018 and saw wide participation of students across departments.

Student Activities and Achievements:

The students have been meeting regularly throughout the year to hone their skills by choosing a topic that has been in the news and also topics that involve in-depth philosophical enquiry and historical research. A host of topics were chosen that explored notions of Nationalism and Patriotism. Apart from tracing the comparative histories of Indian nationalism and European nationalism, including Nazi conceptions of it, students debated if freedom of speech and expression came into conflict with certain expressions of nationalism. They also spoke about the representation of minorities in cinema, issues of cultural relativism and political philosophy. The pros and cons of legalising prostitution were discussed as was the Naxalite movement. There was an engagement with the rainbow spectrum of issues about the LGBT community which included discussions about queer culture, Article 377 and exclusive transgender beauty pageants. The Me-Too Campaign was followed up as part of feminist interventions, the role of the First Lady was discussed and the Kavanaugh case taken up as well. Various forms of democracy and other forms such as Anarchism, Fascism and Communism were explored. Various manifestations of Hindutva were analysed and an attempt made to trace its historical forerunners. Issues of ethics and morality also interest the members as was witnessed in the debate on the ethical ramifications of artificial intelligence.The sessions proved useful for stimulating debate that is supported by research and encouraged critical thinking and open-mindedness.

Members of the society have participated in and won prizes at various events. On 23 February 2018,Muskan Goel won the third prize in the Conventional Debate held as part of Comtalk at JDMC.In the Turncoat Debate organised within the Political Science Fest of Kalindi College on 28February 2018, RushikaRabha won the second prize. Vanshika received a Special Mention inConfero, Khalsa College held on 30-31 March 2018. At the Inter-Department Turncoat Debateorganised by the English Association on 8 September 2018, Bhavya Pathak, Ritigya Malik andOishee Roy bagged the first, second and third prizes respectively. Anjali, Saumya and Vanshikawon the third prize in Round Table, IIT Delhi held on 15-16 September 2018. At the debateorganised by the History Department, JDMC, on 28 September 2018, RushikaRabha won the bestspeaker against the motion, Saumya Sahni was adjudged the best interjector and Rachita won aconsolation prize. Vanshika received a Verbal Mention in the Model United Nations organised byHindu College on 5-6 October 2018. Nandita, Rachita and Poorna won the third position inParliamentary Debate organised by IIT Roorkee on 26-28 October 2018. Rachita also won the thirdprize in JAM, IIT Roorkee. Saumya and Oishee won the first prize in the Conventional Debateconducted by JMC on 16 January 2019. Saumya and Rushika won the second prize in theConventional Debate competition of the Political Science Fest, Hindu College on 31 January 2019. The students have gained a lot of exposure by participating in various events held across colleges and also in events such as the 25th MTNL Perfect HealthMela: A National Youth Festival which was held at TalkatoraStadium on 24 October 2018.


Convenors: Ms. Rita Sinha and Dr. Bharti Arora

1. Rhetorque- The English Debating Society organised its annual Freshers' conventional debate on 13 September 2017 on the topic "Today's Godmen are the New Celebrities." The winners of the competition are as follows:
Best Speaker for the Motion- Muskaan Grover, B.A. (Hons.) Political Science
Best Speaker Against the Motion- Chandan Gupta, B.A. (Hons.) History
Best Interjector- Anjul Yadav, B.A. (Hons.) History

2. The society also organised a conventional debate competition in association with the National Textile Corporation to observe the National Vigilance Awareness Week on 1st November 2017. The topic of the debate was "Communal Politics is the Worst form of Corruption." The event witnessed an enthusistic attendance of JDMC students, who participated a speakers, Interjectors and audience.

The winners are as follows:
1st Prize was bagged by Surabhi Arora - B.A. (Hons.) Sociology, III Year
2nd Prize was won by Pallavi Bais - B.A. (Hons.) Sociology, III Year
3rd Prize was won by Muskan Goyal - B.Com (Hons.) I Year
The prize for Best Interjection was won by Shubhra Parihar - B.A. (Hons.) Political Science I Year

Convenors: Ms Rita Sinha (Eng) and Ms Bharti Arora (Eng)

The English Debating Society has won various accolades in the debating circuit this session. The members have actively participated in events and competitions pertaining to both Conventional and Parliamentary Debating. The following is a list of winners from the English Debating Society:

  • Shruti Tiwari B.A. (Hons.) English I Year, Dakshina Jha B.A. (Programme) I Year, and Shreya Kapoor B.A. (Hons.) Economics I Year won prizes in the categories of Best Speaker, First Runners-up, and Runner-up respectively in the Conventional Freshers� Debate competition (14 September, 2016) organised by Rhetorque-English Debating Society of the college.
  • Pallavi Bais B.A. (Hons.) Sociology II Year won the first prize in a Conventional Debate competition held on 22nd September during the Library Fest.
  • Pallavi Bais and Surbhi Arora from B.A. (Hons.) Sociology II Year won the prize in the category of Best Team during the Avani Ecological Debate organised by the Department of Sociology on 5th October 2016
  • Ishna Repswal B.A. (Hons.) Economics III year and Mridu Goel B.A. (Hons.) Sociology II Year won the first prize in the 4th Annual Debating Tournament organised by the Ambedkar University on 8th October 2016.
  • Surbhi Arora and Pallavi Bais from B.A. (Hons.) Sociology II Year won the first and second prizes respectively in a conventional debate organised by the SIDBI in the college campus on 3rd October 2016.
  • Pallavi Bais and Surbhi Arora from B.A. (Hons.) Sociology II Year, Shruti Tiwari, B.A. (Hons.) English I year won the first, second and third positions respectively in a conventional debate organised by the NTC in the college campus on 3rd October 2015.
  • Ishna Repswal B.A. (Hons.) Economics III Year won the third prize in Jabberwocky-the Turncoat debate, which was organised as part of Symphony 2017 on 12th January 2017.

Apart from above, the Society members have participated in close to sixteen events across colleges of Delhi University and other universities in this session. On 14th September 2016, the society organised the Conventional Freshers� Debate competition on the topic:- �Commercialisation of sports destroys the spirit of sports.�

Ms. Rita Sinha with winners of the Freshers� Debate: Shreya Kapoor and Dakshina Jha.

The college also organised an inter-collegiate conventional debate competition on 3rd October, 2016 to observe the National Vigilance Awareness Week in association with National Textile Corporation and Small Industries and Development Board of India. The English Debating Society assisted these organisations in conducting the debate competitions, the topics of which were �Public participation in eradication of corruption� and �Public conscience is not enough to curb corruption.�

The Winners of the NTC and SIDBI Debates

The society also conducted Jabberwocky- the Turn-coat debate competition as part of the Annual Cultural Festival Symphony�17 on 12th January, 2017. Nearly 23 participants registered from across colleges and universities in Delhi. The students were given two minutes prep time and they spoke for and against the motion. The motions of the debate were based on contemporary events like demonitisation, banning of fire crackers, global tilt to the Right in politics and so on and so forth. The competition was adjudged by Ms. Anupama Saini, ex-president (2012-13) of the Debating society, and Ms. Vandana Madan from the Sociology department. The winners were chosen on the basis of �Manner, Method and Matter�. There names are as follows:

Devansh Chaudhary from PGDAV College won the first position. Aditya Jha from Sri Aurobindo College won the second position and Ishna Repswal from Janki Devi Memorial College won the third position.

Jabberwocky-the Turncoat Debate

The society further plans to organise the annual Inter-collegiate Parliamentary Tournament AXIOM in the next few months

AXIOM which is the annual parliamentary debate tournament organised by the society is very popular in the debate circuit of Delhi University. Last year the society introduced a fresher’s debate competition which was well taken by the young debaters of Delhi University. One of the major events conducted by the society is to co-host the Great Debate in collaboration with the British High Commission in September 2014.

The English Debating Society of Janki Devi Memorial College is one of the popular and active societies of the college since its inception. Members of the society come from various departments and interact amongst each other providing a suitable platform for exchange of ideas. The society aims to inculcate a spirit of healthy discussion and a keen interest in acquiring a broad based knowledge about contemporary events. A particular emphasis is also placed on rhetorical and linguistic enhancement along with pronunciation and elocution. Regular mock sessions are conducted by the society members in order to rehearse the various forms of debating.

The entry into the society is through auditions which are held at the beginning of each session in July. The last few years have seen a steady progress in active participation and winning laurels for the college. The highlight of this year’s achievement is the society members winning the first prize at Antardhwani 2015.