Young Minds Debated on ‘Freedom of Speech and Expression’

‘Young minds should be courageous and confident’ was the message given to the debaters by Ms. Chaya Srivatsa, Life Coach at Infosys Mysore during her inaugural address at ‘Y. Bhagavan Memorial Debate Competition’ organized by Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development (SDMIMD) in association with Rotary Mysore Mid Town. She went down memory lane and recalled incidents from her college days as a student of Shri. Y. Bhagavan at Maharani’s College Mysore. She exhorted the young debaters to be courageous and confident on stage. The Guest of Honor Prof. N.R. Govinda Sharama, Faculty of Business Ethics & Strategy at SDMIMD shared his views on the significance of such events and wished the event success. 
From the past couple of years, this event has become a platform for the best minds from leading educational Institutes actively debate over a contemporary topic. This year 60 participants from leading Engineering, Medical, Management, Law and Undergraduate & Post-graduate colleges across the state debated on topic “Should my ‘Freedom of Speech & Expression’ be absolute?” in the first round. Ms. Anitha Braggs and Ms. Nandini Srinivasan judged the participants and shortlisted Top 11 for the final round. The second round for the Top 11 finalist debated on the topic ‘Industrial and Infrastructure’ development at the cost of ‘Agriculture and Environment’ in India – Yes or No?; which was judged by Prof. B.N. Balajee and Prof. Shekar. 
Mr. Venkatram Harish Belvadi from St. Philomena's College, Mysore won the FIRST place; the Christ University, School of Law students Mr. Aditya Y and Mr. Rahul Raman stood second and third respectively.. The Xaviers Institute of Management (XIM) Bangalore students Ms. Charishma Narayan and Ms. Keerthi K.M. won the Consolation Prize for securing fourth and fifth places. 
Dr. R. Jagadeesh, Professor – Operations, SDMIM was the Guest of Honor for the valedictory function; Rtn. R. Venkatesh, President, Rotary Mid-town Mysore, RtnMohan, the Y. Bhagavan family members, students from the host institute and rotary members were present.