SPACE India is arranging this Competition for the related school students to spur them to show their
talent and skills in the field of Astronomy and Space Science. Debate hone the critical thinking skills of
the students and allow them to inspect and scrutinize the subject matter they have been asked for. They
develop the habit of not accepting passive information. They are enforced to examine those substances
which have a certain meaning and throw out meaningless material. It motivates them to analyse what is
their thought process and why they think in that particular way.
SPACE introduces its one of the most prestigious outreach programme, SPACE National School Debate
The Competition has been launched for school students in order to motivate the students to overcome
their stage fear and to showcase their talents. A debate is a sport truly worthy of the Olympics – it trains
your analytical, critical, and quick thinking, persuasive speaking, note-taking, speed reading, and in-
depth research. The debate does not only teach a person how to win an argument but also instructs the
person for a great amount of life essential skills like better Critical Thinker or articulate the thoughts. A
debating person also has ability to create, present, and evaluate ideas which remains essential in
Understanding the need for this, SPACE has announced this competition in which Participants represent
their schools and are divided into two groups:
Category I for students of Standard VI to VIII
Category II for students of Standard IX to XII
Each school sends students in a group of two members (One is in "Favor" & One is in "Against") in each
mentioned above. 3 topics of debate related to Astronomy & provided to them in Guidelines Document.
This ensures that no pre-written material can be used in the debate. Students are expected to speak for
a total time period of 3 minutes which is followed by two minutes of questioning and rebuttals. The
students are allowed to and expected to refer to journals, magazines, and other books from the library
during the one hour time to generate matter for their speaking time. No internet access or use of any
electronic devices is allowed and referring to a written script during their speaking time is strictly
discouraged. The debate will be held in front of Pannel of Indepent Judges.
The debate stands out from other debate competitions because of its highly competitive and elitist
SPACE Delhi conducted Inter School Debate Competition in 2019 at Queen’s Valley School, Sector 8, Dwarka, New Delhi on November 30th, 2019.
- Topic for the debate: “Extraterrestrial Colonization: Science Fiction or Future Planning?”
- Total number of schools participated: 37
- The program at Queen’s Valley School, Sector 8, Dwarka, was inaugurated by Ms. Monika the Senior in charge of the School. In her welcome speech, she motivated the students to make use of the opportunity provided by SPACE India.
- Judges: Ms Vinita Suyal: She did her PhD in Physics with a specialization in “Time series analysis of astrophysical time-series data” in the year 2013 .Ms. Ritika Garg:. She did her PhD. in the year 2015 from Delhi University in Physics with a specialization in Experiential Nuclear Structure Physics. Later on, she worked as a Research Associates at Inter-University Accelerator Center. Astronomy expert from SPACE India Mr. Tarun Batwal.
- First position: Manas Kapoor from Sri Venkateshwar International School Sector-18A, Dwarka
- Second position: Spandan Shah K.R. Mangalam World School South City 1, block E, Gurugram
- Third Position: Aadishri Kher from Amity International School Sector 44, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Noida
SPACE Delhi-NCR conducted ISDC 2018 at Bal Bharati Public School, Gangaram Hospital Marg, Delhi on November 28, 2018.
- Topic for the debate: Do you think that space explorations are worth the cost!
- Total number of schools participated: 31
- The program at Bal Bharati Public School, Gangaram Hospital Marg was inaugurated by L.V. Sehgal, Principal of Bal Bharati Public School, Gangaram Hospital Marg. In his welcome speech he motivated the students to make use of the opportunity provided by SPACE India.
- Judges: Retired Major General Mr. P.K. Saighal, Associate Professor Dr. Geeta Mongia from Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences and Astronomy expert from SPACE India Mr. Tarun Batwal.
- First position: Mr. Yajur Mohan Sharma of Class IX from Sri Venkateshwar International School
- Second position: Ms. Nandini of Class IX from Rukmini Devi Public School, Pitampura
- Third Position: Ms. Nitya Malhotra of Class VIII from Amity International School, Sec. 43, Gurugram
In SPACE Delhi-NCR:
SPACE Delhi-NCR conducted ISDC 2017 at Queen’s Valley School, Sector-8, Dwarka on August 23, 2017.
- Topic for the debate: Robots instead of Man for Space Missions!
- Total number of participants: 54
- Name and number of schools involved: 54 (Please find names of all participating schools in annexure A).
- The program at Queen’s Valley School, Sector-8, Dwarka was inaugurated by Dr. M.S. Prasad, Director & HOI, Amity Institute of Space Science & Technology. In his welcome speech he motivated the students to make use of the opportunity provided by SPACE.
- Judges: Dr. M.S. Prasad, Director & HOI, Amity Institute of Space Science & Technology & Mr. C.B. Devgun, President, SPACE Foundation.
- Special Guest: Dr. Mila Mitra, Head, Research and Publications, SPACE-India
- First prize: Dhruv Bhargava of Class VII from Amity International School, Sector-46, Gurugram
- Second prize: Dalisha of Class VIII from Vikas Bharti Public School, Sector-24 Rohini
- Third prize: Paakhi Baranwal of Class VIII from Indraprastha World School, Sector-10, Dwarka
In SPACE Chennai:
SPACE Chennai conducted ISDC St. Johns Public School - Medavakkam, Chennai.
- Topic for the debate:
- Are Astronomy and Astrology Related?
- Are we alone?
- Robots instead of man for space missions
- Human colonization of Mars
- Human Space Flight: More spectacle than science.
- Space debris removal for sustainable space environment
- Competition was inaugurated by Mrs. Shanti Samuel, Principal of St. John’s Public School.
- 67 Students from 11 schools participated in the event.
- Judges: Mr. C. Shanmugam, Senior research fellow, Mr. Binesh Balakrishnan, City Head & Mr. A. Prabhakaran, Educator from SPACE team.
- First Prize: Sanjana John-Grade 8, St. John’s International Residential School.
- Second Prize: Dhenamuthan-Grade 8, Ryan International School.
- Third Prize: Sajith Deva Reddy-Grade 8, HLC International School.
- First Prize: Sandeep Solomon-Grade 11, St. John’s Public School.
- Second Prize: Gowri raj Varma-Grade 11, Lalaji Memorial Omega International School.
- Third Prize: Yukthi Rao-Grade 9, Vels Vidyashram Senior Secondary School
The Competition was conducted in Delhi-NCR
- First Prize: Rosni Srivastava, The Khaitan School, Noida
- Second Prize: Hardik Jain, DPS International School, Saket
- Third Prize:
- Paakhi Baranwal, Indraprastha International School, Dwarka
- Tarannum Sehdeva, Sri Venkateshwara International School, Dwarka
- Sanya Arora, St. Margaret School