ISDS Achievements

Learning and Achieving Together

ISDS has represented India since 2008 in several international debating competitions, including the World Schools Debating Championship (2008 – 2018), ICYD (2017, 2018), Oldham Cup (2018), Russell McVeagh Debating Championships, New Zealand (2011), and the Asia World Schools Debating Championship (2014, 2016 and 2017).

WSDC 2018, Zagreb, Croatia


WSDC 2018, Zagreb, Croatia

  • For the first time in ISDS history, Team India reaches the Semi-Finals and Finals of WSDC, winning the Silver.
  • Team India Debater Dhananjay Ashok was ranked as the best speaker in the world.
  • Team India Debaters Hemanth Chakravarthy and Tejas Subramaniam ranked 8th and 7th best ESL speakers respectively.

RV Inter-School Debate Championship 2018, Bengaluru, India


RV Inter-School Debate Championship 2018, Bengaluru, India

  • The team of Elakiya, Bhavani and Navin, coached by Hemanth (Team India member at WSDC 2015-18) ranked 1st at the end of preliminary rounds, after winning 4/4 debates.
  • The team of Vishnesh, Prithvi and Harsith, coached by Dhananjay (Team India member at WSDC 2016-18) won 3 out of 4 preliminary debates and ranked 3rd at the end of preliminary rounds.
  • Both teams made it all the way to finals, and in a close debate, ISDS 2 (Navin, Bhavani, Elakiya) took it over ISDS 1 (Harsith, Vishnesh, Prithvi). The top 6 speakers of the tournament were Elakiya, Navin, Harsith, Prithvi, Vishnesh and Bhavani!

WSDC 2017, Bali, Indonesia


WSDC 2017, Bali, Indonesia

  • The ISDS India team broke 4th at WSDC 2017 – a highest break ever – making it through to the World Quarter Finals for the first time in ISDS history!
  • Dhananjay Ashok was ranked the 9th best speaker in the world – 1st time an Indian speaker made it to the Top 10.

AWSDC 2017, Bangkok, Thailand


AWSDC 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Team ISDS 1 (Team India at WSDC 2017) entered the Octo-finals breaking 10th. They lost the Octo-finals against South Africa A Green on a split 2-1 decision.
  • With 4 wins out of 6, Team ISDS 2 (the Development squad) bowed out with 3 wins and an inspiring performance.

ICYD 2017, Cambridge, UK


ICYD 2017, Cambridge, UK

  • The first ever team representing India emerged winners at ICYD, 2017; an unprecedented achievement for a first-time team, and a milestone for an Indian Team.
  • Tejas Subramaniam was declared the Best Speaker of the tournament
  • Harsith Ravichandran tied for a close Second Best Speaker at the tournament

AWSDC 2016, Bangkok, Thailand


Asia World Schools Debating Championships 2016
Bangkok, Thailand

  • Crowned Champions after beating Team Debate Development Initiative from Singapore in the finals
  • Broke 3rd after winning 5 out of 6 debates
  • Tejaswini Krishnaprasad, Aniroodh Ravikumar and Chaitanya Kediyal were placed among the top 35 speakers in the open category at the tournament
  • Dhruva Bhat was adjudged as 2nd Best Adjudicator at the tournament

WSDC 2015, Singapore


World Schools Debating Championships 2015
Singapore

  • Adjudged the 3rd Best English as a Second Language team
  • Broke 15th after winning 6 out of 8 debates
  • Art Ward broke as an adjudicator and went on to judge the semi-finals

WSDC 2014, Bangkok, Thailand


World Schools Debating Championships 2014
Bangkok, Thailand 

  • Won 4 out of 8 debates, placing 22nd at the tournament
  • Surya Kumaravel was one of the top 50 speakers in the open category at the tournament
  • Surya Kumaravel and Raghav Anand were the 7th best and 20th best English as Second Language speakers at the tournament respectively

AWSDC 2014, Bangkok, Thailand


Asia World Schools Debating Championships 2014
Bangkok, Thailand 

  • Semi-finalists at the tournament

WSDC 2013, Antalya, Turkey


World Schools Debating Championships 2013
Antalya, Turkey

  • Broke 10th after winning 6 out of 8 debates
  • Siddarth Shrikanth, Dhruva Bhat and Shriya Narayanan were adjudged 2nd, 6th and 7th best speakers in the English as Second Language category respectively
  • Siddarth, Dhruva and Shriya also placed among the top 50 speakers in the open category at the tournament

WSDC 2012, Cape Town, South Africa


World Schools Debating Championships 2012
Cape Town, South Africa

  • Broke 10th after winning 6 out of 8 debates
  • Amrithavarshini Venkatesh, Dhruva Bhat and Padmapriya Govindarajan were adjudged the 4th best, 6th best and 18th best speakers in the English as Second Language category respectively
  • Amrithavarshini and Dhruva were also among the top 50 speakers in the open category at the tournament

WSDC 2011, Dundee, Scotland


World Schools Debating Championships 2011
Dundee, Scotland

  • Won 5 out of 8 debates
  • Sanchit and Siddarth were adjudged 8th best and 17th best speakers in the English as Second Language category respectively

Russell McVeagh International Schools Debating Tour, 2011


Russell McVeagh International Schools Debating Tour 2011
Victoria, New Zealand

  • Finished 5th, narrowly missing the break to the semi-finals

WSDC 2010, Doha, Qatar


World Schools Debating Championships 2010
Doha, Qatar

  • Team India broke to the octofinals for the first time ever after winning 6 out of 8 debates
  • Aditi Aggarwal and Sanchit Shivakumar were placed among the top 100 speakers in the World in the open category
  • Rama Sudev went on to adjudicate the semi-final

WSDC 2009, Athens, Greece


World Schools Debating Championships 2009
Athens, Greece

  • India improved on their record in Athens, winning 4 debates and narrowly missing out on the break to the knockout rounds.
  • Rama Sudev finished as an adjudicator on the octofinal panel, the first Indian adjudicator to make the break.

WSDC 2008, Washington D.C, USA


World Schools Debating Championships 2008
Washington DC, USA

  • This was the first ever Indian team that travelled to the WSDC. The team put up a solid performance at the tournament, managing to win 2 debates in its very first year.