Uttaranchal University Organizes 4th National Debate Competition on Migration of Students

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Law College Dehradun, Faculty of Uttaranchal University organized an interesting national debating competition today on the issue of migration of Indian students to receive education abroad. The former Commandant of Army Education Core, Brigadier Binod Pasbola was the Chief Guest on the occasion while Chancellor, Shri Jitender Joshi, and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. (Dr.) Dharam Buddhi were present as special guests. The topic of the discussion was “This House Believes that Student Migration is a Failure of the Educational System in India”. Dr. G. S. Chauhan, Dr. A. K. Srivastava and Smt. Chitra Rab were the judges of the competitive event.

Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. (Dr.) Rajesh Bhuguna stated that the issue of students migrating and efforts to ensure their safe return to their motherland has resulted due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and had thus become an interesting topic of national debate. He further mentioned that participants from reputed universities and colleges of Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh Punjab, Hisar, and Himachal Pradesh have made their way to the mega debating event.

Those speaking in favour of the motion, strongly argued that the flawed educational system in the country is chiefly responsible for the migration of students for overseas education, consequently exposing themselves to high risks in the midst of international conflicts. They also presented relevant facts to substantiate their arguments.

Those speaking against the motion, defended the educational system of the country declaring the students’ migration as the product of luxurious mentality of the rich people of the country. They asserted that the same educational system has produced professionals who have established their deep imprints across the world. They presented strong arguments laced with relevant facts to back their assertions.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. (Dr.) Dharam Buddhi observed that the topic under discussion needs in-depth analysis. Better research facilities and infrastructure at foreign universities might be the reason for student migration. He emphasized on the aspects of introducing a hybrid education, practical exposure as well as experiential learning systems in the country.

Hon’ble Chancellor of the University gave the winners a total of Rs. 65,000 as cash prizes along with rolling trophies and mementos.

Winners- Manish Kumar Jha and Jayanti Mishra, IMS, Law College, Noida, U.P.

Best Hindi Speaker- Manish Kumar Jha, IMS, Noida, U.P.

Best English Speaker- Sudeep Krishna, Jamia Milia Islamia

Brigadier Binod Pasbola thanked Uttaranchal University and the organizers of the Debating Competition at the outset. Addressing the enlightened audience, Shri Pasbola observed that migration is not always bad and in many cases, it proves to be a catalyst for socio-cultural upliftment. He cited Macaulay’s speech to the British Parliament about the enriched culture and knowledge system of India. Praising the Indian Educational System, he remarked that the products of the same system rule the Silicon Valley in the United States. Referring to the Mantra of Chetwode Building, he exhorted the national decision-makers to make the educational system filled with love for nation and national duty.

Those present on the occasion were Chancellor Shri Jitender Joshi, Vice Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) Dharam Buddhi, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Prof. (Dr.) Rajesh Bahuguna, Brigadier Shri Binod Pasbola, Dr. G. S. Chauhan, Dr. A. K. Srivastava, Smt. Chitra Rab, Dr. Poonam Rawat, Mr. Amit Chaudhary, Mr. Kumar Ashutosh, Dr. V. Bhuvneswari, and hundreds of faculty members and students.

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