The Department of Laws Conducts a Two-Day Intra Department Moot Court and Debate Competition

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The Department of Laws, Panjab University conducted a two day Intra Departmental Moot Court and Debate competition on November 9th and 10th, 2017. The proposition for the Moot Court Competition was based on the Law of Contract while the topic for the Debate Competition was‘Section 498A-IPC: Whether it is a blessed law or a biased law.’ 
The Competitions took place in the Department of Laws, Panjab University. The event was organized by the Co-Curricular Moot & Debate Committee of Panjab University- a student-led initiative that works hand in hand with the administration for planning, training and executing its activities at Department of Laws.
The first day was all about the preliminary rounds and quarterfinals of the Moot Court Competition and the preliminary, quarterfinals and semi-finals rounds of the Debate Competition. In the Moot Court Competition, 12 teams competed against each other out of which 8 qualified for the Quarter Finals. On the other hand, 14 teams contested in the preliminary round of the Debate Competition out of which 8 made it to the quarterfinals. Finally, 4 teams qualified for the semi-finals that took place on the Day 1 itself.
The schedule for Day 2 included Semi-finals & Final Rounds of the Moot Court Competition & the Finals of the Debate Competition.The judging panel included Hon’ble Judges and Advocates of Punjab & Haryana High Courts, Chandigarh and eminent professors & dignitaries from the academia.
“The competition was excellent! With proper cooperation and support of the teachers and my team members, we made it to the finals. Really looking forward to the result”, expressed Siddhant Gupta, a member of one of the teams that contested in the Finals of Moot Court Competition.
The results were announced later in the evening and the winner of the Moot Court Competition was the team of Kalyani, Omesh&Navya, all from LLB 5th semester. The winning team of the Debate Competition comprised of Ravneet&Rupinder, who spoke for the motion. Other deserving students were also felicitated with individual prizes.
The Secretary of Moot Court & Debating society, Dr. Supinder Kaur, was very pleased with the success of the event. “We are overwhelmed with the participation that we got and the talent exhibited by the students throughout the Competition. Now, we are considering to hold a national event pretty soon”, she said.
“Competitions like these are helpful for law students to polish their skills for oral advocacy. As Chairperson, my objective is to focus on the all-round development of the students and groom them in such a way that once they graduate they are able to make the best use of their knowledge”, stated Prof.Shalini Marwaha, the Chairperson of Department of Laws, PU.
This 2-day event finally concluded late in the evening with a formal valedictory ceremony felicitating all the teacher in-charges, achievers, organizers and volunteers.
It was conducted with great enthusiasm by the faculty members and a team of 100 student volunteers and was, undoubtedly a big success as well as a great learning experience for the students of all semesters studying LL.B. or LL.M. in the Department.

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