English Debating Society

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








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.

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.