Young minds hold many thoughts and opinions regarding their lives and about the society and the country, but they have limited platforms to share their views in a constructive manner. There is a need to create more platforms where young people can get the opportunity to channelize their thoughts and express their opinions to a wider audience in an organized manner. For this purpose, Nayara is introducing ‘Gyanoday’: a national debate competition. Smartphones have become an inseparable part of youngsters’ lives. This had led to concerns regarding their impact on the youth. Now, with the education system also being shifted online, their significance has increased even further. With smartphones increasingly consuming space in our lives, we are left to wonder whether smartphones are making our lives or breaking them? And so we decided to bring together the youth of our country on the ‘World Youth Day’ and provide them with a platform to express their views on the topic:
A BRIEF NOTE ABOUT THE TOPIC
The topic is, "Is the growing craze of smartphones among youth a boon or a curse for development of India?" This means that the debate is not about merely counting the uses, benefits or ill- effects of smartphones on youth; it is about going deeper into analyzing how the "growing craze" of smartphones among youth affects "the development of India". This effect could be analyzed on the parameters of social, economic or human development of the country and its people. Remember that if you do not focus on what the topic is asking for, your presentation looks irrelevant or incomplete and can negatively impact your overall performance. Also, what separates a debate from an elocution is the rebuttal. A good debater always listens to other participants' points and provides counter arguments to justify one's own position in favor or against. Making a good rebuttal can enhance your performance immensely.
Format of Competition!
Those who want to participate in the debate competition, will register by giving a nominal fee of Rs. 100.
The funds raised by this will be used to support the education of slum children.
Round 1 - Screening Round: A screening round will be conducted from 1st December to 31st December where more than 500 participants will share their views, life experiences and innovative ideas about the pros and cons of the smartphone. They will be given 3 minutes each to speak with or against the motion.
Round 2- Record Attempt: On World Youth Day, 2021. Nayara will be attempting to create one more record. The Extraordinary Performances from Round 1 will be selected to perform in Round 2 in front of master judges who have changed lives with smartphones. Also they will be a part of our Limca Book of Records and India Book of Records attempt. Out of these, the most meritorious and creative minds will be appreciated with awards and cash prizes.
Instructions for Participants
1. The debate is divided in three hour slots for the participants. Participants are required to stay available in the online meeting throughout their given time slot. Non-availability at their time of presentation may lead to cancellation of their participation.
2. Make your Gyanoday Code as your username in the Zoom meeting.
3. Participants should ensure a proper internet connection at their turn. Any technical difficulties at the participant's end will affect their chances of being part of the record.
4. Please maintain the decorum of the debate. Keep your mic muted throughout the debate and unmute only when it is your turn to speak. Do not interrupt other participants when they speak. You may use the chatbox for any queries or comments.
Rules for the Debate
Topic : ‘Is the Growing Craze of Smartphones Among Youth a Boon or a curse in the development of India ?’
1. You may speak in Hindi or English. 2. You may speak FOR or AGAINST the motion. 3. Announce your code number and mention whether you will be speaking FOR or AGAINST the motion before you start your speech. 3. You'll be given a total of 5 minutes to speak- 4 minutes to present your case and 1 minute for rebuttal. 4. You'll hear first buzzer after 4 minutes and a final buzzer at 5 minutes. You should complete your entire presentation within this time. All participants should strictly follow the time limit. There will be negative marking if you exceed your time. 5. The first participant will be given one extra minute in the end of their time slot to present a rebuttal. 6. Participants should NOT READ a written speech from a paper or from screen. Reading out will lead to disqualification. You may however write down key points for referral during your presentation. 7. In case of technical difficulties such as internet connectivity, the participant will be given a chance again after all participants have presented. If the problem still persists, it will lead to their disqualification. 8. Decision of the judges shall be final & binding.
1. Will the complete protocol of a debate be followed?
Yes, the debate will be following a protocol. The format of the debate will be in the form of a one by one team event. There will be two teams one against the motion and other with the motion. One participant from each team will come forward and give their speech within 5 minutes each.
2. Is it a team attempt or individual debates. – will it be one person on each team or more than that at a time.
The participants will be divided into two teams and at a time only one participant from the team would speak. The winner will be solely declared on the basis of individual performance.
3. Will the debate topics be the same for all?
Yes there will be a single debate topic 'Is the Growing Craze of Smartphones Among Youth a Boon or a curse in the development of India?' for all the participants.
4. Will the debating participants in the same physical space to be showcased online or will be participating virtually from different places ?
The participants will be participating virtually from different places. The debate will be organized through an online webinar.
5. How many debates will take place at a time ?
A single debate will be taking place where one person will be speaking at a single time.
6. Will there be audience interjection allowed ?
No, there will be no interjection allowed from the audience.
7. What is the estimated time for each debate ?
The time taken for the whole event will be 12 hours as each participant will be given 5 minutes to speak and there will be 200 participants and the remaining time will be utilized for different things like presentation and speeches by the dignitaries associated with the event.
Prizes Strike a Fire in the Participants to Win. So to make this fire even bigger, We have brought you exciting cash prizes:
The Appreciation Prizes: “It doesn’t matter how small an award is, it always makes us feel special.” That’s why, we have kept 10 more little appreciations for our participants to keep their motivational fire going. The Prize will be Rs.1100.