Dictum: The Debating Society

Dictum: The Debating Society - provides a unique platform for students to hone their oratory and analytical skills. They organise exciting events such as parliamentary debate and conventional debate on a mega scale. The society nurtures and develops public skills in both English and in Hindi. The Society organises two competitions annually - The Shivaji Bhonsle Debate Competition and Athena. Both the competitions are extremely popular in the university circuit. They have received a high turnout and an enthusiastic response from students across Delhi University. Dictum has been the most successful society in the academic year 2017-18 with over 50 inter-college and national level prizes, and it strives to rise higher.


"For good ideas and true innovation ,you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate."

DICTUM(The Debating Society of Shivaji College, University Of Delhi) successfully organized the 6th Edition of Annual Shivaji Bhonsle Hindi Parliamentary Debate from 29th to 31st January, 2021 in an online mode under Corona guidelines.

The Hindi Parliamentary Debate was a three day- long event from 29th to 31stJanuary, 2021 wherein 24 teams from various institutions competed for the running trophy. The debate was conducted on Zoom meeting platform. Various new technologies were used during the tournament to make the whole event transparent, i.e; Tabby Cat(an online software for match ups, etc). The technical team managed all the technicalities very well in the online mode. We were first most to use Tabbycat for match ups in the whole Delhi University, Debating Circuit.

The tournament saw 5 league one on one matches, and the top 8 teams on the tally entered the knock out part of the tournament where they played for the quarter finals. That was followed by semi final and grand finale.

After a great level of debate which comprised topics from various issues of the society, which pumped up the zeal of the teams and the efficiency with which every round was pulled off is quiet remarkable. Words were deliberately used as sword to cut the voice of each other.

The results were as follows :-

Winner :Mahipal D Charan, Satish Kumar( Hansraj)

Runner up: Happy Sourav, Harsh Sain( Ramjas Cross)

Best speaker: Khusbu (CLC Gargi)

The tournament successfully took one more step towards creating individuals who can study society beyond books and create a better world in future .

Earlier It was very challenging for all of us to organize the tournament in online mode but the tournament only became successful because of the hard work put out by volunteers, teachers, alumni. Thus, one more success story of Dictum, marked in the history of this debating society.


Dictum, The Debating Society of Shivaji College organised its Annual Debating Event- Shivaji Bhonsle, English Conventional Debate on 29thJanuary’2021 on zoom. The event started at 11:30 am and ended at 4 in the evening. We hosted 20 teams across several universities and colleges.

Keeping in view the current scenario of the country, the Motion of the debate was "This house believes that the role of parliamentary committees should be revitalised so as to avoid deadlocks like Farmer's protests and NRC protests".

We were highly obliged to have Ms. Antara Bhatia and Mr. Pranab Baruah from the Department of English as judges of the competition. The convenors Dr. Khurshid Khan and Dr. Parul Behl also encouraged the participants while talking to them. The event culminated with the announcement of results and individual feedback given to the participants by the jury.

Winners of Shivaji Bhonsle'2021 are as follows:

  1. First Best team was DRC-Hansraj Cross (Abhipsha and Deepansh).
  2. Second Best was Netaji Subhash University of Technology(Saumay and Parth).
  3. Best Interjector was Manan from Netaji Subhash University of Technology(Saumay and Parth).

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