The 10th Dr. Amidas Goradia All India Inter-School English Debate

The Indian School is hosting its 10th Dr. Amidas Goradia Inter-School English Debate Competition on Thursday, 6th December 2012.

In 1858, a five year degree course was started in allopathy in Bombay for the first time in India. Five boys joined the class, of which Amidas Goradia scored the highest marks. This made him literally the first allopathic doctor to ever qualify in India. He was awarded an impressive gold medal for standing first and was awarded a degree called Licentiate of Medicine. The Nawab of Junagadh appointed him as his Chief Medical Officer, a post Dr. Amidas retained throughout his career.

We take great pleasure in inviting you to participate in this event as it goes national this year. Lodging, boarding and sight – seeing will be offered to all participating out station teams.

This event will be keenly judged by eminent personalities from various walks of life.

Mr. Shashi Tharoor and Sir Mark Tully has kindly consented to be our Chief Guest.

Mr. Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor was born in London and attended high school at St. Xavier’s in Kolkata. He subsequently obtained a BA in history from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and went on to pursue graduate studies at Tufts University, from where he eventually obtained a Ph.D. in 1979 at the age of 23.He is Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development. In Parliament he represents Thiruvanthapuram in Kerala.Until 2007, Mr. Tharoor was a career official at the UN rising to Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information. After his entry in politics in 2009, he served as Minister of State for External Affairs.

Mr. Tharoor’s career in the UN began in 1978 as a staff member of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva. From 1981 to 1984 he headed the UNHCR office in Singapore during the boat people crisis. In 1989 he was appointed Special Assistant to the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs. Until 1996, he led the team responsible for peacekeeping operations in the former Yugoslavia.

Mr.Tharoor has also authored numerous books in English.

Sir Mark Tully

Sir Mark Tully, author, journalist, former head of BBC, India will be the Chief Guest.

Tully was born in Calcutta, India. He spent the first decade of his childhood in India, before going to England for schooling. He was educated at Twyford School, Marlborough College and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.His published works include :

- Amritsar : Mrs, Gandhi’s Last Battle

- Raj to Rajiv

- No Full Stop in India

- The Heart of India

- Non-stop India

Our Judges for the event are -


Geetanjali Aiyer

A B.A. Hons in English and a diploma holder in Theatre from the National School of Drama, Geetanjali Aiyer is a winner of the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award for Outstanding Women, presented for outstanding work, achievements and contribution.

After a successful innings with AIR and Doordarshan as a news-presenter for 31 years, and winning the best anchor person award 4 times, Geetanjali branched out into the field of corporate communications, government liaison and marketing.


Anuradha Preetam

Anuradha Preetam is a free-lancer and was associated with Aaj Tak, Zee News and BBC. She is associate editor with the Sunday Indian Magazine.

Mr. Sanjeeva Prasad

Mr. Sanjeeva Prasad is associated with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

He is interested in the design and implementation of programming languages for mobile distributed computing. This includes an interest in process calculi for mobility, security protocols, type systems and functional programming. He is also interested in verification of programs, protocols and systems. He has just developed interest in systems biology. He occasionally dabbles in very elementary proof theory.


Vatsala Kaul

Vatsala Kaul Banerjee started working with children and writing for children at Target, the iconic children’s magazine, published through the 1980s to the 90s by the India Today Group. She then became editor of the teen magazine, Teens Today, after which she worked as commissioning editor with Puffin (Penguin India), and editor of a parenting magazine, Child, before joining Hachette India, the Indian arm of Hachette UK, in 2009. She is now Publishing Director, Children’s & Reference Books, at Hachette India.

Premchand Palety

Premchand Palety is the Chief Executive of Centre for Forecasting & Research (C fore). He has over 16 years experience in market research, opinion research, election surveys and performance appraisal studies related to educational institutions at national level. For about a decade he has been writing on management education. His articles have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Mint, Outlook , Hindustan Times, Economic Times and Business Today . He has also authored a book on Indian Business Schools published by Penguin.