Saturday, April 27, 2013

Cicero's Challenge 2012: The nation’s grandest inter-school event

It was a fest to remember. On the sprawling lawns of The Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM)’s international campus in New Delhi, on May 3, 2012, over 6,000 school children congregated to create what has become one of the biggest and most eagerly awaited events for the national student community. Cicero’s Challenge 2012, IIPM’s annual inter-school festival – which has the debate competition as the signature event and many other thrilling competitions – witnessed a display of excitement, energy and vigour that’s hard to put down in words.

The theme for the 2012 edition of the festival was ‘Get Real’. The two-day competition kicked off with its signature debate event, which saw students debating on the topic ‘Technology’ in the preliminary round, which was followed by the finals on the second day. The 27 finalists debated on the topic ‘The virtual world is where I can really be me’. Saksham Agarwal of Amity International School, Gurgaon bagged the first prize in the debate competition, which included a cash prize of Rs 1,00,000, a certificate and a trophy. Prof. Rajita Chaudhuri, Dean, Centre for Enterprise Management, IIPM and Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri, Honorary Director of IIPM Think Tank, were the judges for the debate finals. Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri said, “Every time I judge an event at Cicero’s, I discover new, budding schools that haven’t been heard of before; Montfort School, for instance.” In all, the event went beyond expectations to live up to its image of being the nation’s greatest inter-school event.

Source : IIPM Editorial, 2013.
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