INTRODUCTION
"It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.”
CELESTA'17 presents PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE :
1.A podium that empowers you to speak for yourselves, to discover and use your own voice.
2.debate improves valuable analytical and speaking skills and enables the discussion of important issues, whether scientific, historical,
religious or political.
Your voice becomes your expression, which reflects in your actions. So be ready to lead the nation with your voice. Come be a part of
Parliamentary Debate.
Registration Link
https://goo.gl/eLEQWM
Rules:
1.The team will consist of 3 members.
2.The Government team (the side in favour) shall sit on the right hand side of the Speaker. The Opposition (the side against) shall sit on
the left.
3.The motion/agenda will be provided 15 minutes before the start of any debate to the respective teams.
4.During the rebuttal, Members (debaters) may not bring up any new arguments or new evidence except in direct refutation of material which
has already been presented.
5.The speaking order will be as follows:
-The Prime Minister(3 minutes).
-The Leader of Opposition(3 minutes)
-The Minister of the Crown (second Government speaker) (2 minutes)
-The Leader of the Opposition (second Opposition speaker). (2 minutes)
-Third Government speaker will give closing statement .(1 minute 30 seconds)
-Third Opposition speaker will give closing statement .(1 minute 30 seconds)
-.Finally the Prime Minister will deliver the Government rebuttal.(2 minutes)
6.Points of Information are raised while another Member has the floor (i.e. is speaking). If a Member wishes to raise a Point of
Information, he/she should stand and with one hand on their head and another pointing forward (in teapot-style) and say: “On that point”.
The person who is speaking may refuse to take the point saying: “Not at this time.” Alternatively, they may to choose to take the point.
If the speaker refuses the point, the Member raising the POI must sit down. Otherwise, they should deliver their point as succinctly as
possible (in less than 15 seconds) Often the point is phrased as a question. All speakers should attempt to both deliver at least one POI
and to accept one POI during the course of the debate.
7.All remarks must be addressed to the Speaker of the House and not to anyone else, e.g. say “Mr. Speaker” not “Mr. Speaker, honourable
judges”. The Member must address Mr. Speaker in his/her first sentence.
8.The Government must define the resolution. Their definition must be accepted unless it is undebatable or unreasonable. If the Opposition
wishes to challenge the definition they must do so prior to the start of the debate by appealing to the tournament organiser. The
Opposition must show that the Government’s definition is unacceptable and then substitute their own. Definitions may not be challenged
during the debate.
9.The Government may introduce a plan for implementing the resolution if they wish to, but they are not required to do so. If they do
propose a plan, they must fully explain it during the Prime Minister’s speech.
10.If, and only if, the Government introduces a plan, the Opposition may introduce a counter-plan, but it is not required to do so. A
counter-plan is an alternative method of implementing the resolution which is significantly different from the Government plan and is
demonstrably better than the Government plan. If the Opposition wants to introduce a counter-plan, they must fully explain it during the
address of their first speaker.
11.Props (e.g. drawings, models) may not be used.
12.Debaters should treat each other with respect and judges will penalise debaters guilty of flippancy, discourtesy, or any attempt to
belittle another debater.
13.Use of internet is allowed.
Venue and Timing:
Day and Date :8/10/17  
Time :1 PM
Venue :Senate Hall
Important Declaration:
1. Please keep checking the Celesta app, website and Celesta, IIT Patna facebook page for any future updates.
2. The rules can change without prior notification.
3. In case of any dispute, the decisions made by the organising committee and judges are final and binding.