The ‘Inter-School National Television Debate Competition-2019’ kicked off in the port city on Monday.
A total of 48 schools including 18 from Chattogram are participating in the competition being held at Theatre Institute of Chattogram (TIC).The debate will be aired in 50 episodes from Chattogram Centre of the state-owned Bangladesh Television. The competition is being held and recorded outside the television studio for the first time in the country in cooperation with educational organisation ‘Drishty Chittagong’.
Four debate competitions were held on the first day. Silver Bells Girls High School of Chattogram and BL Government High School of Sirajganj, Principal Kazi Faruqi School and College of Laximpur and Government Muslim High School of Chattogram, Dr Khastagir Government Girls High School of Chattogram and Shahidullah Academy of Hathazari Upazila, and Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) Municipal Model High School and College, and Cantonment Public School and College competed with each other on the day.
Daily Prothom Alo Joint Editor Biswajit Chowdhury, CCC Education Standing Committee Chairman and Councillor Nazmul Hoque Duke, former debater and Banker Saif Chowdhury and Chattogram Press Club former President Kalim Sarwar presided over the sessions respectively.
Addressing at a brief discussion, BTv Chattogram Centre General Manager (GM) Nitai Kumar Bhattacharya said it is the first initiative to hold the inter-school national television debate competition outside the studio.
It aimed at engaging people with the television for increasing its popularity, he said.
“We also have plans to hold new programmes in presence of the viewers,” said the GM.Producer of the debate competition Sheikh Shawkat Iqbal observed that a person becomes fulfilled through logic and they were trying to make the effort successful through the talents.