Friday February 9th saw King’s College India take part in the Tribune Newspaper’s Inter School Debate 2018. There were a total of nine schools from the Rohtak and Delhi areas whose students were engaged in debating either for or against the topic: ‘Googlisation’.
The students from Years 4 to 9 attended the event and enjoyed the different presentations. Dr Nick Duggan, the Headmaster of KCI, delivered a welcoming speech to everyone in attendance – including the chief guest, Mr Rajesh Jain. The debating was quite robust and there were many excellent points discussed by the various school representatives.
Those supporting Googlisation maintained that it was a necessity of today’s era as it was a handy tool to get the desired information instantly. They listed its specific features, such as maps, translation, suicide helpline, storehouse of tips on self-growth, personal well-being, professional skills and online services.
However, those who opposed it pointed out its pitfalls such as human over-dependence, questionable authenticity, plagiarism, explicit content featuring violence and pornography and a lack of space for practical wisdom and personal effort/experience in data collection.
This was the first time KCI students had participated in a debating competition and, although there were a few nerves at first the team performed very well in answering their questions in the second section.
The results were as follows:
First – Scholars Rosary School
Second – Delhi Public School
Third – Model School
Ultimately, it was a tremendous spectacle, played in the correct spirit and all of the students and their teachers were invited to have a lunch with the KCI students at the school.