The chairperson sits at the head of the table. The two debating parties are seated opposite each other. The audience sits a short distance away from the table and should be able to see both parties. So, if necessary, additional seats for the audience should be arranged in several rows rather than behind one of the debating parties.
• The first speaker for the affirmative side who is sitting next to the chairperson begins. Then, as indicated by the arrows in the diagram, the first speaker for the negative side responds. In this way, the speakers for both sides speak in turn. When the last speaker for the negative side has spoken, the second round of the debate begins, this time in reverse order.
• After the first speaker for the affirmative side has spoken, a speaker from the negative team (but not their first speaker) has the last word.
• The order of speakers must not be changed.
• Each speaker has a maximum time of one minute. The chairperson checks the time carefully. He/ she gives a sign when the speaker has 10 seconds to go, and after speaking time is over, the speaker may finish his/her sentence and must then stop. Spare time may not be transferred to another speaker.
• Interrupting a speaker is forbidden.
• The audience must not participate in the debate.
• After the debate, the audience has five minutes to share their impressions and opinions. Then they vote by a show of hands.
• In the vote, yes and no votes are counted. The majority wins the vote.
Prizes worth Rs. 4,000 to the winners