The biggest Intra debate tournament of the country held at NSU

The North South University Debating Club hosted the North South University Intra Debating Championship 2019 from the 22nd of November. This event was a platform for debaters to hone their skills of logical reasoning and for non-debaters to experience the world of argumentation and reasoning. It was an opportunity for NSU students to fulfil their cherished desire to explore themselves, uncover their potential and enhance the proficiency of formal argument.

Ph factor was the title sponsor for the event with The Daily Star as Youth Engagement Partner, HiFi Public as the online media partner, Champs 21 as e-Learning Partner, Advance Attire as apparel partner Bangladesh Protidin as the print media partner, News 24 as Media Partner and Radio today as radio partner.  

The event had 2 segments, Bangla and English with 10 and 14 teams respectively. The students battled through 4 competitive preliminary rounds and semifinals. On the 1st of December, an intense final took place where Team hulk comprising of Safat Ullah Chowdury, Pallob Poddar, Irfan Al-Goni Zarif emerged as Champions in the Bangla segment while team wolverine comprising of Tarikul Islam Hridoy, Rakibul Islam Hridoy, Prakash Debnath bowed out as Runners Up. The debater of the finals was Safat Ullah Chowdhury. Tarikul Islam Hridoy and Raidul Islam Joy was also the debater of the Tournament for the Bangla segment.  

For the English segment Team Wonder Woman comprising of Momotaz Rahman Megha, Nivana Mostafa Kamal and Al Zadid Bin Plabon became the Champions while Team batman, Rebeka Akter, Ayon Deb and Parinda Rahman became the Runners up. Momotaz Rahman Megha was the debater of the finals. Momotaz Rahman Megha was also the debater of the tournament along with Shadman Karim and Aarshe Tashfia in a three-way tie. 

This year’s event was launched with the theme of diversity and inclusion in order to promote social acceptance of differences amongst the students. The closing ceremony of the event was graced by the presence of an eminent personality of the debating circuit as the special guest, Dr Abdur Noor Tushar CEO, Nagorik TV. The keynote speaker of the event was Ivan Ahmed Katha President Sachetan Samajseba Hijra Shangho who provided insight to the student on the theme of social inclusion and diversity and the Chief guest of the event was 

Mr Benajir Ahmed, Chairman, Board of Trustees. North South University.

5 things you should know before chasing the ‘University Life’

From middle school till high school we get to hear one common phrase from our elders. “Study now, in order to ‘chill’ when you head for University”.

The idea of becoming ‘free’ from multiple disciplinary academics is such a fantasy to all ‘to-be’ freshmen that they believe the prank that society plays on them. Most of us have faced the harsh reality, and have our ways of coping with it. But for those who haven’t applied for University or will be heading for it, here are the things you should know before you dwell into a journey of ‘adulthood’.

1. The Battle to get into a Public University

Right after you finish A levels or HSC, comes the most difficult competition of it all. It often leads to a nationwide swirl every year over the opportunity to get admitted to a public university. While it is an amazing opportunity that you earn for yourself, it is also important to realize that not getting into one, does not necessarily mean that you do not have it in you to be a smart student.

Public universities are not golden gooses and it certainly isn’t the end of the road.

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There are multiple Universities all across the country which offers you a certificate and scholarships you deserve. So, try not to break down, because you need to save up some energy to deal with quite a lot of adult problems ahead.

2. Choose your major wisely

By now, you should know what you love to do, and even if you don’t, that is also okay. However, try to choose a major or a department you want to genuinely study in and want to enjoy learning.

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If you want to study engineering, good on you. But if you want to be a writer or an anthropologist and you end up taking Computer Science and Engineering because you are too afraid of what your relatives might say of you, do understand this, none of them will help you out at 3 am in the morning to finish your assignment which will be due in the next six hours. You deserve the best in the world and you have to learn to fight for it.

3. You need to be present

Whether it is an orientation or a discussion which helps you with understanding the curriculum of your University or your department in details, you need to be there. Once you do get acquainted with everything, right after your classes start, it might be tempting to miss classes since you have been such a goody two shoes all your school life.

You might think you ‘owe it to yourself’ but understand your priority first, then the luxury, my friend. Regular attendance in your classes will not only help you keep in track with quizzes and lectures but you might also be a friendly face to your professor which will help you in the long run. The idea of getting a good grade in your courses is to be present, no matter what!

4. There is nothing called ‘chill time’ in your prime time

Sadly, the idea of having the most independent and free time when you are studying in a University is a lie that parents feed us so that we study more when it is easy to control us.

Of course, when you are in a University, you get to meet new people, hang out more, take time for finding your passion for something you were always interested in such as a part-time job, travel with your friends etc.

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But it all becomes difficult to handle when you try to adjust all this while you are trying to graduate. This leads up to late night study hours, overeating, anxiety and that is where you really need to unleash the energy we told you to hold onto.

It might be tricky, but it’s not impossible to experience the best of everything with little time management hacks. All in all, enjoy your time but do not let yourself drift away.

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5. Treat yourself!

While you go through the freshmen, sophomore and senior phases of the years you are in the University, you will realize that not all friendships last, not everyone you like will love you back, that society has constructions you wish you knew before, that there are these crowds who call themselves “boro bhais” and they are of no use to you and that is okay.

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With all the hardships you may think you have to face, there is also a beam of light which will get you through it all. You need to sleep well, eat healthy, make healthy relationships with people and they do not have to be a handful. Most importantly treat yourself after every accomplishment or failure you may face in life because before anyone else you need to learn to love yourself.

Here’s to figuring out adulthood and much more!