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Inter-University Debate Competition 2022 ends with flying colours; youths renew their vows against corruption

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), jointly with the Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology Debating Club (RUETDC), organised the TIB-RUETDC Inter-University Debate Competition 2022. Thirty-two teams from thirty universities from all over the country participated in the competition from October 28-29.

Rajshahi University Debating Forum (RUDF) became the champion, while Jahangirnagar University Debate Organisation (JUDO) secured the runner-up position. The title for the best debater of the competition went to Surja Das from Bangladesh Univerity of Engineering and Technology (BUET). The best debater in the final round was Shahriar M Fahim from the University of Rajshahi.

The lively events started with general students, participants, and organisers taking an Anti-Corruption Oath highlighting their zeal for integrity and accountability. The youths also promised to do their part in protecting human rights, resisting discrimination, and ending the exploitation of the people.

With the theme -- “Invincible Youth against Corruption: Logic, Commitment and Unity”, a total of 96 debaters and 52 judges participated in the competition from different universities this year. Teams from the University of Dhaka, Rajshahi, Khulna, and Barisal and engineering universities BUET, CHUET, RUET, and KUET participated.

In multiple rounds leading up to the finals, debaters discussed numerous topics related to the proposed Data Protection Act (which is deemed controversial by civil rights protection groups), equity in economic development, gender discrimination, pro-people journalism, the nation’s development projects, relevant anti-corruption laws, and socio-cultural reasons behind corruption.

Speaking as the chief guest at the closing ceremony, Dr. Md. Sazzad Hossain, Acting Vice-Chancellor of RUET said, “The debaters use their sharp intellect to stand against various inconsistencies in the society. If the young debaters speak out against corruption, this will work toward the well-being of all. I believe these young debaters will stay away from corruption themselves and play an active role in preventing the corruption of others.”

During the closing ceremony, the Director of TIB Outreach and Communication Division, Sheikh Manjur-E-Alam told the audience, “Young debaters have always been at the forefront alongside TIB in the social movement against corruption. The participants’ clear and concise ideas on good governance and corruption, logical, analytical abilities, and anti-corruption mindset will inspire us to carry on our anti-corruption movement in the coming days.”

The champion and the runner-up teams of the debating competition were awarded prize money, crests, and certificates during the closing ceremony.