The ACJC Tamil Language Society (TLS) made it to the finals of a National Tamil Debate Competition at Sorsilambam 2015. Sorsilambam is part of the Tamil Language Council’s month-long Tamil Language Festival, intending to enhance the use and proficiency of Tamil among students through partnership between the Ministry of Education, grassroots organizations, and Mediacorp.
Team ACJC competing at Sorsilambam 2015 comprised five students, Karthigan s/o Ramatas from 2AD2, Shimirna Snekha from 1SD3, Manimaran Maathavan from 1SA5, Renganathan Ramasamy from 1SB3, and were skippered by Captain of the Debate Team, Niveditha Jayakumar from 2SB5. After the preliminary rounds, quarter finals, and semi-finals, the ACJC Tamil debaters emerged as finalists against the defending champions, AJC. The grand finals were broadcast on Mediacorp Vasantham live on the 12th of April at 7pm. The debate is viewable at this
The Team at the Vasantham studio
The motion of the day was “Work experience is more important than academic qualifications for a youth to succeed in today’s world” and ACJC was the opposition team. After an hour and a half of heated debate, which included both prepared cases and impromptu motions, ACJC lost marginally to AJC, but nevertheless emerged as national runners-up.
The TLS feels extremely privileged to have been given a chance to take part in this major competition. It has thought us to be critical and to approach issues with different perspectives. In addition, it has definitely allowed us to hone our Tamil language. Not only that but we were able to bond together as a CCA and form lasting friendships.
We would like to thank Mdm Ramani Gopalan, teacher-in-charge of the Tamil language society for her training, mentorship, and encouragement throughout the competition. She has always been there for us. We would also like to thank all AC TLS Alumni for helping us through this three-month journey of preparation for coming down to spar with us and our research team for their efforts in helping us make a sound argument.
Back at College with the research team and supporters
Last but not least we sincerely thank our Prinicipal Ms Beatrice Chong, for taking her time off on a Sunday evening to support us at the finals at Medicorp Studios. We would also like to convey our gratitude to Mr Akbar Khan, patron of the Akbar Khan Scholarship, himself a former AC Tamil Language Society Alumni, for also accepting our invitation to support the team at the finals.
The Best is Yet to Be!
Truly, to God be the glory, the best is yet to be !
எல்லா புகளும் இறைவனுக்கே, சிறந்தது இன்னும் உள்ளது !