PI Press Release
TORONTO: One hundred and twenty-four debaters from high schools in Ontario and Quebec took part in the York-Osgoode High School Debating Tournament at York University, organized by Panorama India and the York Debating Society, with support from Scotiabank on October 20-21.
The tournament is a qualifier round for the prestigious Oxford Cup to be held later in the UK.
“The organizers including tournament directors, adjudicators and volunteers and Panorama India board members did an amazing job and put up a great debating forum; the youthful energy and enthusiasm was spectacular. Panorama is happy to have been involved in this initiative under our EDUCATE mandate,’’ said Jibanjit Tripathy, Chair of Panorama India.
Performed in the British Parliamentary style, the tournament opened with a debate with award-winning debaters from York University. The final was the culmination of a weekend of debating between schools including 5 rounds and semifinals.
The motion for debate in the Final Round was “This House believes that developing countries should prefer the example of India over China”. Richmond Hill High School was the Tournament Champion and Olympiads School was the Winning Junior Team (Grades 7-9). Maria Clara Pereira from Scotiabank gave away the prizes to the winning teams. The Top Speaker was from Northern Secondary School. Panorama India presented an audience participation award for $200. York University’s Department of Political Science presented two awards of $100 each, one for the top team and one for the best speaker.
Panorama India’s immediate past chair Ajit Khanna had launched this initiative with Ananya Mukherjee-Reed of York University who was member of Panorama’s Board of Governors in 2011. “The idea was to create an event that will encourage our youngsters to think of global issues such as the rise of India and China’, said Mukherjee-Reed.
Pankaj Mehra, Director of Multicultural Banking Division of Scotiabank, had been supportive of the idea from its very inception.
The event was co-sponsored by York University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. The Faculty’s Associate Dean Narda Razack attended the event. The event was also attended by parents, teachers and debating coaches, all of whom spoke highly of their experience at York this weekend.
Panorama India, a not for profit umbrella organization established in 1999, helps promote unity in diversity by bringing together and showcasing the various cultures of India.
Panorama India, while being a catalyst between the Indian and Canadian cultures, celebrates three main events, including the Republic Day of India, India’s Independence Day and the Diwali celebration at Queen’s Park with the Premier and other MPPs.
It also organizes Seniors Day Celebration, Mathletics & Panorama’s Indian Idol. Our mandate – Educate, Celebrate and Collaborate – informs Canadians about our culture, teaches tolerance and instills pride in Indo-Canadians.
The Panorama family consists of the Consulate General of India, various Indian Cultural organizations and schools, other like-minded associations, our patrons and sponsors, our board of directors (past and present) and more importantly volunteers and individual members.
We collaborate with most regional Indian cultural organizations in Canada as well as with various cultural schools in Canada to showcase our culture and the talent of Indo-Canadians.