GOALPARA, Sept 25 - Goalpara College team bagged the title of the inter-college debating competition, which was organised by the Assam Police, Goalpara as part of the celebration of the 69th Assam Police Day at Natyasurjya Phani Sarma memorial auditorium on Sunday.
Simi Kalita and Insanur Begum, both from Goalpara College were declared winners and they received cash awards of Rs 10,000/- and Rs 5,000/- respectively as the first and the runner up prizes.
The debate saw participation of 10 teams from Goalpara College, Goalpara Girls College , West Goalpara College, Habraghat College, Dolgoma College, Agia College, Dudhnoi College, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya College, Bikali College, Lakhipur College.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Dass while referring to the subject of the debate � �Social media and easy access to internet has not only made us unsocial but also anti-social and perverts� � said that too much obsession with anything is bad as the individual fails to carry out other social commitments. He also added that there are advantages as well as disadvantages on the use of internet and there is a need for some legislations on social media to curb postings of sensitive messages which have significant personal ramifications.
The Superintendent of Police Amitav Singha while welcoming the guests said that organising the inter-college debating competition seemed an appropriate event to celebrate the occasion of the 69th Assam Police Day which falls on October 1, 2017.
He also said that the aim of organising such an event is to encourage the debating skills of college students as well as offer an opportunity for an informed discussion among the enlightened citizens and the students fraternity as well.
While stressing on the relevance of the topic of the debate, Singha said that nowadays the law-enforcing agencies have a challenging task of tackling cyber crime usually committed by malicious internet users and young people are hardly aware of the risks involved in the use of the social media. He further added that such topics for debates will help enhance awareness among students about the benefits and risks of using internet.
The debate, which was an enriching and captivating experience for the audience, followed the traditional style of format with speakers speaking eloquently for and against the motion.
Speaker of the debate Prof Ranjit Choudhury, in his speech, while speaking on the finer points of the debating topic, stressed on the need for adopting a self regulatory system instead of some legislations or control imposed on internet users.
The debate also saw interesting exchanges between two guest speakers Amitav Singha and eminent educationist Dewan Joynal Abedin speaking for and against the motion of the house.
Former principal of Goalpara College Ratan Bhattacharjee was the chief judge, who was assisted by two other judges Prof Dr Siddhi Nath Sharma and senior journalist Dilip Sarma.
Earlier, the event commenced with the recital of mangalacharan by Tapati Chakravorty which was preceded by lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the chief guest and other invited guests.