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The Joust

“It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” – Joseph Joubert

Can you claim night while it’s still day and draw logical arguments to support it? Even so, can you then convince the opposition of it? If yes, then this may very well be your opportunity to showcase that talent up on stage. Manfest-Varchasva presents to you JOUST, the ultimate literary battle amongst the most inquisitive and opinionated minds in the country! Put forth your argument, debate it, defend it. Why wait then, display your debating prowess for the clock has started ticking already! Brush up your vocabulary, take a stance and research away. The stakes my friend are high, the margin for error, bleak. You err, they rebut.

  • This is a debate competition. Only registered teams will be allowed to participate. Spot registrations will not be allowed.
  • Participants of the team are required to write a 250-300 words position paper to be submitted by 5th November 2018 to the email address mentioned below:
  • Teams will be evaluated on their understanding of the topic, their explanation of the topic, articulation of their ideas and consistency and strength of points supplementing the position.
  • After this round, 8 teams will proceed to the next round.

Guidelines for submitting the position papers

  • Mail the position papers to the e-mail ID: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • File Naming convention MV2018_JST_TeamName


  • Registration Deadline: 23:59:59 hours, November 05, 2018
  • This is the on campus round where the shortlisted teams must speak both for and against the motion, with each member taking a different stance for 2.5 minutes each.
  • Following this round, 4 teams will qualify for the semi-finals.


  • Each team gets 6 minutes (with 3 minutes per speaker) to speak on the motion given to them 10 minutes in advance.
  • The teams must speak in alternate order with the first speaker of the proposition going first.
  • Following each team’s speech, the opposing team may present a rebuttal or/and their case.
  • Following the semi-final debates, 2 teams will qualify for the finals.


  • The teams will have 1 speaker who will speak twice and one speaker who will speak once.
  • The teams will be given the motion and their stance 15 minutes in advance.
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  • Registration deadline: 5th November 2018
  •   Contacts
  • Himanki Shahu: (+91) 860 006 7276
  • Siddharth Gupta: (+91) 959 905 2170
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