Debate is a formal contest of argumentation between two teams or individuals. But more broadly, and more importantly, debate is an essential tool for developing and maintaining democracy and open societies. More than a mere verbal or performance skill, debate embodies the ideals of reasoned argument, tolerance for divergent points of view, and rigorous self-examination. Debate is, above all, a way for those who hold opposing views to discuss controversial issues without descending to insult, emotional appeals, or personal bias. A key trademark of debate is that it rarely ends in agreement, but rather, allows for a robust analysis of the question at hand. Perhaps this is what French philosopher Joseph Joubert meant when he said: “It is better to debate a question without settling it, than to settle a question without debating it.”
The debate club at university of Kashmir has been established to give students a creative outlet for researching and debating important topics. All students are invited and encouraged to join this extracurricular club.
The debate club at University of Kashmir is great place for students to explore the art of "organized arguing." Students in debate club tend to enjoy discussing current issues and if they don't already have a strong voice and good presentation skills, they will learn these abilities in a fun, safe club environment.
Students learn to create factual/logical, ethical and emotional arguments to persuade others in the club that their "side" is correct. The club uses the formal debate format. The goal is to train the students so that they can compete with other students across globe.
The club's purpose is to teach and train students in the fundamentals of debate, public speaking and essay writing.
• Educate students about the art of speech and debate
• Teach students how to develop research, reasoning, organizational and essay writing skills
• Train students to be more confident speakers and debaters
• Help students build leadership skills and improve individual responsibility
• Compete with other university debate teams
• Teach students to work collaboratively
Speech and debate skills help students to thrive academically and provide them with an advantage in their careers.