Tournaments/Workshops 2017-2018

Regional Tournaments & Workshops '17-'18

ISDS has been slowly building much needed expertise in the WSDC debating format and expanding its activities to schools in Cochin, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Delhi, Dehradun, Hyderabad and Kolkata in association with our partner institutions. ISDS has consistently provided intense coaching in debate to hundreds of students, with the ultimate aim of integrating this format of debating into the heart of our education process. These tournaments also serve as regional selections for the national team – so try out for Team India by competing at one of the tournaments below!


ISDS has launched its selection process for Team India. The top speakers from these regional tournaments and workshops will be invited to national selections. Top performers at national selections will receive intensive coaching and form the squad representing India at WSDC and other international tournaments. You must be aged between 14 – 18 and at school when applying.

  • The first stage of the selection process is regional. Students compete in teams at any of the tournaments below, and can be selected to progress straight through to the second stage of selections.
  • Alternatively, candidates unable to attend a regional tournament can apply through a challenging online process, and if good enough can also go through to second stage.
  • The second stage is a one week long selection camp in December ’17 – January ’18 held in Chennai. At this camp, we will select the top TEN debaters to be part of the Team India squad.
  • This squad will then undergo intensive training by some of the worlds best debate coaches. From this training, we will select which members go on to represent India at WSDC, and which members will compete in other prestigious international tournaments.

Given this is the chance to represent your country – we recommend each applicant take the selection process seriously. Your school and parents must agree to the time and effort that goes into being part of this process. Be part of the debate movement in India!

Kolkata Tournament


November 18, 19 and 20, 2017, Kolkata

Delhi-Gurgaon Tournament in association with Pathways School


September 22 – 23, 2017, Gurgaon

Over 20 teams and more than 60 students from several schools in Delhi and Gurgaon participated in the regional tournament held at Pathways School, Gurgaon from which the top 12 students were selected for the next leg of selections.
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KV TN Tournament in association with KVSRO Tamil Nadu


August 31 – September 1, 2017, Chennai 

Kendriya Vidyalaya schools from the Tamil Nadu region participated in regional selections conducted in Chennai. Good luck to all the students and teachers!

KV Allahabad Tournament in association with KVSRO Varanasi


August 28 – 30, 2017, Allahabad 

The Kendriya Vidyalaya, Varanasi round kickstarted this year’s regional selections. Congratulations to the speakers qualifying to national selections!