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Amrita Students Debating Society (ASDS) of Corporate and Industry Relations (CIR) is a forum of 30 students and a few faculty members. It has been started with a vision to foster a dynamic learning space outside classroom. It is a platform for our students to collaborate and deliberate on issues that affect the world. ASDS aims to tap into the potential that debating has in a person’s character formation, which holds the key for her or his overall success in life.

At ASDS, we meet once a week when members take part in a debate that is in line with the international format. The topics are chosen a week prior upon gathering different views of all the members. This provides sufficient time for everyone to prepare well. Apart from strictly adhering to the format, debaters learn to focus primarily on ARE—argument, reason and evidence.Every debate is followed by a comprehensive feedback session.

Inauguration Report

The Amrita Students Debating Society (ASDS) of CIR was formally inaugurated by Shri. C. Parameswaran, Principal Director, CIR onthe4th of September 2023.
The inaugural function began with the uplifting prayer song by R. Ananya, a 3rd year student of Computer Science Engineering.
Mr. V. Suresh, Deputy Manager, Verbal Communication and faculty in-charge of ASDS, delivered the Welcome Speech.
In his inaugural address, Shri. C. Parameswaran urged the ASDS members to use the debating skills for nation building. Underling the importance of debating skills, he observed that by participating in structured debates, one develops empathy for others, appreciates divergent viewpoints and takes criticisms in the stride.
In the felicitation speech, Shri. Suresh Kodoor, Director, Academic and Industry Partnership, appreciated the faculty and students for the extra-ordinary initiative. While emphasizing the benefits that debates bestows on a person, he exhorted the ASDS team to provide many opportunities to those who yearn to be heard.
In his special address, Dr. A. Balachandran, Additional Director, Career Competency Development, expressed his happiness about CIR starting a debating society. He said ASDS has a great potential for improving the communication skills of the students, which will help them do well in job interviews and be confident at workplaces.
Dr. Madhu Menon, General Manager, Career Competency Development, in his keynote address, stressed the ASDS members should be the epitome of commitment and leadership. He added that for one to be competent and confident in debating,one must train oneself consistently.
M. S Sree Mridhula, a 3rd year student of Artificial Intelligence Engineering, presented an overview of ASDS. Outlining the vision and mission of ASDS, she mentioned its salient features. At the end of her presentation, a short video highlighting the major events conducted before ASDS was formally formedwas shown.
At the end, ASDS members introduced themselves and Varun Sankara Narayanan, a 3rd year student of Computer Science Engineering, proposed a vote of thanks.

Faculty Advisor and Coordinators

Faculty Advisor

V Suresh
Deputy Manager, Verbal and Communication
Corporate and Industry Relations
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Phone: 9600385286

Faculty Coordinators

Navami Govind
Faculty -Verbal and Communication
Corporate and Industry Relations
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Phone: 9562969360

G. Ramesh Kumar
Faculty –Numerical Aptitude Skills
Corporate and Industry Relations
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Phone: 7845181074

Student Coordinators

R Ananya (CB.EN.U4CSE21006)
President, ASDS
Contact Number: 8296752219

M. Pravinkumar (CB.EN.U4MEE21137)
Vice-president, ASDS
Contact Number: 8300117959

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