Voice Of The Youth 2020, National Youth Debate Forum at Central Law College, Salem, TN [Jan 30]: Register by Dec 14: Expired

People, power and change are the factors which play a prominent role in many developing countries. Going by statistics, 50% of India’s population is below the age of 25 and the youth of India have a prodigious role in shaping the biggest democracy of the world. But they have only a limited influence in political institutions. Participation of youth in democracy promotes active citizenship, strengthens social responsibility and will enhance democratic process and institutions. Another important rationale of a democratic set up is that everyone gets a chance to be heard. But where, when and how is the question?

The Central Law College, Salem has come forward with an initiative to hear the voice of the youth and bind their perception to project it to the policy makers who can implement these ideas to tackle the country’s problems. Participating in debates makes the youth a better leader with vision, empathy, efficiency and problem resolving skills.

In a world where incorrect information and unjustified ideas are abundant, debate creates confident leaders who can direct public thinking toward moral and prosperous decisions. This will be a great opportunity for the youth to express their views on various issues concerning the country. The youth set up to recognize that they have a voice where more change is possible.

Eligibility for participation

  • Participants must be pursuing their Undergraduate degree or Postgraduate degree in any recognised College/Institution/University or students pursuing Diploma or ITI.
  • There is no limitation on the number of participants from one institution.

Format of the Youth Parliament Debate

  • There will be only individual participation.
  • Youth Parliament Debate will be conducted in two stages. First stage is a Digital Screening Process. Short listed students in the screening process will be called up for the final youth debate.
  • A preliminary digital process of registration will be held. Participants will have to upload a video of their speech on any of the below mentioned topics and e-mail it to voiceoftheyouthclc@gmail.com via Google Drive. After attaching the video and pressing send button a message box appears in which the participants have to select the button “Turn link sharing on – Anyone with the link can view”
  • Each participant has to send a separate video vocalizing in favour or against any topic which may run between 5 minutes to 7 minutes. Videos have to be sent to the given mail id on or before 14.12.2019.
  • The sequence of the video must be – Name, Course, Name of the Institution and the topic on which the participant is going to talk.
  • The subject of the mail should also contain the same details.
  • Best among them will be selected and considered for the Final youth debate forum. The discretion of selection solely lies within the institution.
  • Short listed participants will be notified personally and also the names of the selected participants will be uploaded on the official website.
  • The discretion of total number of students to be selected lies with the institution.
  • Short listed participants who are selected will have to pay a Registration Fee of Rs. 1000/-.
  • The selected participants will have to confirm their participation and must send the filled in registration form along with the fees and travel form within the date specified to the following address:
    SALEM- TAMIL NADU-636008
  • Registration fee includes debate kit, working lunch and refreshments.
  • Accommodation, local conveyance and hospitality for the selected participants will be provided by the institution.
  • The institution holds the exclusive right of holding the videos of the digital screening. They will not be provided for any participant or institution.


Judicial members

  • Eminent Artist /Social Personality
  • Eminent Journalist/Writers
  • Educationalist


  • Is Corruption the only endemic malfunction of political and socio-economic system in India?
  • One Nation One Election – A need for good governance
  • Uniform Civil Code – A need for the hour
  • Nationalization of health sector
  • Are we lacking in implementation of legislation?
  • Is law the best tool in eradicating poverty?
  • Does India need a New Education Policy?
  • Contemporary Media Regulation – Sufficient or deficit?
  • E-Vehicles – Boon or Bane?


The language used for digital screening and for the Final Debate forum will be in English only.

Mandatory rules to be followed

  • The participants should meticulously avoid mentioning the names of existing political parties and any political personality in the country.
  • The participants should avoid unfairly defaming political institutions, organs of the government and all other matters connected with it.
  • The participants should avoid discussing or giving their opinions on cases which are still pending before the judiciary.
  • The conduct of all the participants should be in a such a way to inspire respect for the democratic setup and utilise this as a platform to place their views so that it reaches the policy makers.

Criteria for evaluation of Digital Process

  • The videos will be screened by a screening committee.
  • The evaluation criteria for digital screening to select participants as follows:
    • Brevity of debate
    • Presentation and Delivery
    • Language, Style and Vocabulary
    • Suggestions and conclusions put forth.
  • Each criterion will carry 25 points.
  • The decision of the institution and the screening committee will be final.

Rules for Final Round

  • The participants who are selected for the final round will have to confirm their participation by submitting the registration form and travel form with the required fees.
  • The participants have to adhere to the time specified for each session.
  • The participants are strictly prohibited from using any electronic gadgets during the session.Each criterion will carry 20 points.
  • The evaluation criteria for digital screening to select participants as follows:
    • Brevity of debate
    • Presentation and Delivery
    • Language, Style and Vocabulary
    • Suggestions and conclusions put forth
    • Demeanour

Format of the Final Round

  • The topics on which the participants will talk will be informed to them earlier.
  • The sides to be represented by the selected participant will be decided by lotting after successful registration process on the date of the event.
  • Each session will run for a maximum of 2 hrs.
  • Each session will begin by the facilitator addressing the topics and introducing the speakers and the sides represented by them.
    A1 – Constructive Speech 10 minutes
    O1 – Interpellation of A1 2 minutes
    O1 – Constructive Speech 10 minutes
    A1 – Interpellation of O1 2 minutes
    A2 – Constructive Speech 10 minutes
    O2 – Interpellation of A2 2 minutes
    O2 – Constructive Speech 10 minutes
    A2 – Interpellation of O2 2 minutes
    A3 – Constructive Speech 10 minutes
    O3 – Interpellation of A3 2 minutes
    O3 – Constructive Speech 10 minutes
    A3 – Interpellation of O3 2 minutes
    A4 – Constructive Speech 10 minutes
    O4 – Interpellation of A4 2 minutes
    O4 – Constructive Speech 10 minutes
    A4 – Interpellation of O4 2 minutes
  • Rebuttal by each affirmative speaker 2 minutes each
  • Sur-Rebuttal by each opposing speaker 2 minutes each
  • Conclusion by the facilitator
  • A1 – Affirmative Speaker 1 O2 – Opposing Speaker 1
  • A2 – Affirmative Speaker 2 O2 – Opposing Speaker 2
  • A3 – Affirmative Speaker 3 O3 – Opposing Speaker 3
  • A4 – Affirmative Speaker 4 O4 – Opposing Speaker 4
  • There shall not be any intervention when the other speaker is debating.
  • Interpellation shall be limited on any matter relevant to the speech of the opposite speaker.
  •  Interpellation or questions posed to the other side should be brief and reasonable.
  • Warning bell will be given to each speaker before one last minute and a long bell in case of time exceeding the specified limit given for constructive speech and also interpellation.
  • The participants should strictly confine to the time limit otherwise it will lead to point deduction.
  • The decision of the judges shall be final and cannot be challenged.


  • The best three speakers from the final debate will be awarded cash prize of Rs.10,000, Rs.7,500 and Rs.5,000/-
  • Certificate of the participation will be given to the participants selected for the final round.

Important Dates

Last date for submission of video for Digital Screening: 14-12-2019
Final Debate Forum: 30-01-2020

About the organizer

THE CENTRAL LAW COLLEGE Salem is recognised by the Bar Council of India,New Delhi andoriginally affiliated to University of Madras and later with The Tamil Nadu Dr.Ambedkar Law University, Chennai is a reputed institution conducting both 5 yrs B.A.LL.B and 3 yrs LL.B Law courses in the State of Tamil Nadu since 1984, founded by Prof.R.V.Dhanapalan. The College celebrated its silver Jubilee in the year 2009. The institution is located in the foothills of Yercaud at Salem Tamil Nadu, with the State-of -the-amenities.


Salem, Tamil Nadu

Contact Details

Contact for Inquiry

Faculty In-charge

  • A.Anchirppa – 8668146023
  • Subashini David – 8300340250

Student In-charge

  • Balachandar.M – 7010674004
  • Tamizhkavi.B.V – 8012327712

Address for Communication
Yercaud Main Road, Kannankurichi Post,
Salem-636008. Ph: 0427-2400643

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