“You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince
one man by logic.”
Debate is one of the academic activities that give students creative room to express what they
feel. The length and breadth of knowledge that they gain through this is simply unparallel.
Institute of Engineering & Management (IEM) has set the benchmark for conducting activities
in such a way that the students not only enjoy but also learn a great deal from it. With the same
perspective in view, on November 3, 2018 (Saturday), Department of Management in
association with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCL) conducted the Debate
Competition on the topic “Is Corruption the only impediment in building a New India?”
It was held in pursuit of the vision of the Government of India to make a New India by the year
2022, which is the 75th anniversary of our Independence, the Central Vigilance Commission, as
the apex Institution of the country, endeavours to promote integrity, transparency and
accountability in public life.
Central Vigilance Commission observes Vigilance Awareness Week every year as a part of
multi-pronged approach to eradicate corruption in public life, wherein, one of the strategies is to
encourage all stakeholders to collectively participate in prevention and fight against corruption
and to raise public awareness regarding the existence, causes and gravity of and threat posed by
This year the Commission in association with various Navratna Companies (like PGCL) has
decided to observe Vigilance Awareness Week from 29th October 2018 to 3rd November
2018 with the topic chosen for the year being “Is Corruption the only impediment in building a
The Chief guests of the event were Mr. A Gagoi, Chief Vigilance Officer, PGCL; Mr. Anjan
Sanyal, Vigilance Executive, PGCL; and Mr. Sudipta Dutta, General Manager (HR), Power Grid
Speakers from both “for” & “against” the topic participated with 6 members in each; some
participants argued for the motion and some against the motion. The teams were well prepared
and they used various skills like overstatement, definition, rhetoric, & irony to convince the
audience. The participants, armed with statistics and data validated and made their arguments
more emphatic with right facial expressions, body movements and gestures.
All the teams exhibited great oratorical skills. They put in tremendous hard work to showcase
their hidden talent. The debaters displayed confidence in presenting their arguments before
audience and a panel of eminent jury members, Mr. Sudipta Dutta, General Manager (HR),
Power Grid Corporation Ltd; Prof. P.K. Mishra (Department of Management) & Prof.
Mayurakshi Dev (Department of Basic Science & Humanities).
At the end of the heated but interesting debate which lasted over 1 hour, finally Arnab Basu,
MBA 1 st Year was declared the winner (For) & Roshan Kumar the runner up (For); and Priyanka
Dey was declared the winner (Against) & Rajit Das, the runner up (Against). Besides this, all
the participants were given a certificate of participation.
Vote of thanks was proposed by the Provost of the Institute, Ms. Indrani Ganguly & moderation
of the Debate was conducted by Prof. PK Banerjee; last but not the least the event was
coordinated by Prof. Sohini Datta of the Department of Management.
The day concluded on a joyous note.