DU Colleges are known for its glorious number of gift-edged societies and the poor attendance of those society members. The Debating Societies in DU Colleges are known to be one of the best societies; considering the knowledge one gains after every debate, the taste of victory as well as defeat and the joy of being a famous debater in the circuit.
From perfect posture to adroit hand movements, lucid pronunciations to stupefying content, you require them all.
There are various incentives to be a part of the debsoc – in-depth knowledge of several issues, a platform to explore your argumentative and eloquent side, people who become your family with similar interests and ultimately, the huge amount of money one gets at every win.
Your MUNs in school, which involved more preparation for prom nights and glamour, are in complete contrast to what you would experience in college. ‘Information overload’ comes into play, once you’re in college. There are many styles of debates that take place at the college level – Conventional, MUN, Turncoat, Group Discussions and Parliamentary Debates.
Most of the societies have their own auditions to select freshers with decent argumentative skills and knowledge. On the positive side, their gauge for judgement isn’t on the basis of the number of debates one has gone for, at the school level. But, mostly go-getters who have decent awareness, command over the language and an ability to reason. There’s no bias during selection when it comes to prior debating experience. Month-long training sessions are held for the newbies to make them adept in the art of debating. They’re introduced to different forms and styles through mock debates and guidance. This prepares them for the fresher tournaments and the like. The growth totally depends on the student’s participation, patience, perseverance, time management, determination and humility. Once you’re a part of the debsoc, you have to devote your time and effort every day, by attending the mock sessions, in order to see your progress.
If generalized, you will find two types of debaters in colleges, the first category – students who are regular news readers, the ones who know-it-all and prep for debates a night before, yet, win them due to their tremendous knowledge of several social, economic, environmental and international issues. The second category would be the ones who aren’t actually updated but they make the other person believe that they have an in-depth knowledge, because of their possession of wordplay skills, the presence of mind and ass-kicking confidence.
“So, the debsoc is usually categorised as the society for nerds, but once you get in, you realise it has the college cream. The people who combine poetry with arguments. The debsoc was like my second college and soon it became the only reason for me to attend college. It helped me a lot in knowing new people, boosting my confidence. One advice though, if you can’t take jokes or do not understand sarcasm the debsoc is one thing you should avoid.” – Utsav Batra, Ex President of Debsoc, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (Morning).
Debating Societies aren’t just societies, but, families, with similar interests and passions. They’re the ones who can sit for hours to prove the most abstract argument ever. The ones who might go for 20 debates in a short span of time and yet not win for a long time, till they actually get experienced enough to compete with the postgrad students as well, given the fact the DU has no age-bar in the debating circuit. The ones who have each other’s back whenever a standpoint gets weak. The ones who can knock the other down using intelligent wordplay techniques. The ones who learn so much from failures, only to rise high, later.